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The Broncos strong run into this season?s play-offs has continued a comfortable win over Manly in a sometimes scrappy affair at Suncorp Stadium.
In front of a great Saturday afternoon crowd of 23 726, the two sides turned error-ridden displays, with the individual class of the home side securing the valuable two competition points.
Brisbane prop Carl Webb scored a try and played a hand in a second in another impressive display since his recall to the Broncos line-up. Returning from suspension, Tonie Carroll was also a strong contributor, with star five-eight Darren Lockyer chiming in with some brilliant touches in a dominant display in the centre of the field.
Leagueunlimited Live Report: Suncorp Stadium Referee: Gavin Badger Video Referee: Phil Cooley Touch Judges: Paul Kalina, Matt Cecchin Scorers: BRONCOS 26 Tries: Webb, Lockyer, Ryan, Mapp Goals: Lockyer 5/6 SEA EAGLES 12 Tries: Donald, Bradley Goals: Walker 2/2
By the clock: 0 min: Great night in Brisbane. No Gorden Tallis. The Broncos defending the southern end.
Kickoff! NEWS - Sea Eagles kick out on the full attempting a short kick!
1 min: TRY - Broncos. From the penalty, Brisbane make good ground down field with Carl Webb crashing over. Conversion Lockyer almost in front. Broncos 6-0
8 min: TRY - Broncos. Darren Lockyer under the posts after the Broncos turn defence into attack with Webb busting up the middle. Conversion Lockyer. Broncos 12-0
22 min: PENALTY GOAL - Brnocos. Lockyer right in front. Manly penalised for lifting Brent Tate. Broncos 14-0
29 min: TRY - Sea Eagles. Scott Donald runs 90 metres to score 15m in from touch. Conversion Andrew Walker. Broncos 14-6
HALF TIME: Broncos looked a chance to run away with oit early on with two tries, but were unable to crack the Manly line again. Apart from the early laspses, the Sea Eagles have held their own Possession favours Broncos 57%. Broncos in front 14-6
Second half underway...
43 min: TRY - Broncos. Michael Ryan scores out wide. Difficult conversion Lockyer misses. Broncos 18-6
47 min: NO TRY - Sea Eagles. Steve Menzies strolls over out wide following cross field kick from Walker. Follows a 70m bust down the flank from Walker who was chased down by Lockyer. Video ref rules that Albert Torrens touched the ball first thereby putting Menzies off-side. This is a heart breaker as the video replay looked inconclusive.
50 min: TRY - Broncos. Darren Mapp scores next to posts and it's a 12 point turnaround. Conversion Lockyer. Broncos 24-6
55th min: TRY - Manly. Nick Bradley touches down in the corner to keep the Sea Eagles in the match with 25 left on the clock. Conversion successful. Broncos 24-12.
News: With just over ten minutes remaining, Manly continue to chance their arm and have come close on several occasioons but time is running out for Manly.
73rd min: PENALTY GOAL - Broncos. Darren Lockyer seals the Broncos fourth win on the trot as they keep their position in the top four. Broncos 26-12.
FULL TIME: The Brisbane Broncos have run out 26-12 winners but Manly fans can feel proud their team competed for the full eighty minutes. The bounce of the ball went against Manly all night but the Broncos were still the better side. ----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - Carl Webb (Broncos) 2 - Casey McGuire (Broncos) 1 - Steve Menzies (Manly)