Brisbane have got back into the winner's circle after a 32-12 victory over a disappointing Tigers outfit tonight at Suncorp Stadium.
Coming off successive victories over the Cowboys and Panthers, Tigers were off to a fast start in the fifth minute through late inclusion Liam Fulton. He raked a kick in-field for James Tedesco to come under Corey Norman's guard to make it 6-0.
The pressure of going behind much like the previous losses this season would have weighed heavy on the Broncos mind. Matt Gillett took it upon himself from a standing start to put the home side on the board.
Momentum had swung with Brisbane regularly making sixty plus metres in each set. They were dangerous around their edges with Jack Reed on the end of some frantic play to give Brisbane the lead.
The points continued to pile on with Scott Prince adding a penalty goal in the 36th minute. Hoffman added his name to the scoresheet with a finisher's effort to give us a 16 point to 6 scoreline to the home side at halftime.
Justin Hodges continued to wreak havoc on the edges against his opposite number. He was gifted his try though as Joel Reddy dropped a bomb right into the hands of the Queensland centre.
The spark in defense that Tigers had brought in the previous two weeks was missing and it showed in their effort for Scott Prince' s try. He spun through the tackle, fended off one to the tryline and a vital two competition points for Brisbane.
Sauaso Sue got a running start and crashed over for a late consolation try for the Tigers to get them into double figures. Tonight belonged to the Broncos and Josh Hoffman put the icing on the cake with a power effort to give Brisbane a healthy boost to their for and against.
Brisbane Broncos 32 Wests Tigers 12
Venue: Lang Park
Halftime Score: Brisbane Broncos 16-6
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Josh Hoffman
2 points - Justin Hodges
1 point - Scott Prince
BRISBANE BRONCOS (32)
Tries: Matt Gillett, Scott Prince, Jack Reed, Josh Hoffman (2), Justin Hodges
Conversions: Scott Prince (3/6)
Penalty Goals: Scott Prince (1/1)
WESTS TIGERS (12)
Tries: James Tedesco, Sauaso Sue
Conversions: Benji Marshall (2/2)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Interchange: 14. Ben Hunt 15. David Hala 16. Mitchell Dodds 8. Josh McGuire
20. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Tim Simona 5. Joel Reddy 6. Benji Marshall (c) 7. Curtis Sironen 8. Aaron Woods 9. Masada Iosefa 10. Adam Blair 11. Eddy Pettybourne 18. Liam Fulton 13. Braith Anasta
Interchange: 12. Ben Murdoch-Masila 14. Sauaso Sue 15. Jack Buchanan 16. Ava Seumanufagai
Brisbane: Jordan Kahu (thumb) and Jarrod Wallace (omitted) are out replaced by Lachlan Maranta and Ben Hannant. Hannant starts in place of McGuire who shifts to the bench.
Wests: James Tedesco and Liam Fulton are late inclusions with Sean Meaney and Jarred Farlow the players to make way.
Scored by James Tedesco. Conversion attempt by Benji Marshall successful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! James Tedesco with an early impact in this game. On last it went to Fulton who raked one in-field for the chasers and Tedesco snuck under the guard to plant it down. Benji with his first attempt for the night is successful.
Wests Tigers 6-0
Scored by Matt Gillett. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
That was a good feat of strength from Gillett who got an inside ball from Prince and fended off two feeble attempts on his way to the try line. Prince converts and we're back level.
Scored by Jack Reed. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince unsuccessful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Jack Reed pounces on some frantic play with including a grubber that went all of one metre before Hoffman kicked ahead for Reed to plant it down. Scott Prince puts it the wrong side of the post with his conversion.
Brisbane Broncos 10-6
It is easily piloted through. Two more to the home side.
Brisbane Broncos 12-6
Scored by Josh Hoffman. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince unsuccessful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Hoffman snuck it inside the line and adds another to the Broncos score. They opted to run it on last and he was the beneficiary. Prince from the sideline, misses.
Brisbane Broncos 16-6
Scored by Justin Hodges. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Brisbane pounce on the mistake from the Tigers. Joel Reddy goes up for the bomb and spills it right into Hodges who walks in the easiest try of his career. Prince punches the conversion through.
Brisbane Broncos 22-6
Scored by Scott Prince. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince unsuccessful.
That was a soft try to concede. Scott Prince with not much room, jinks and finds room before stepping Fulton to the try line. Scott Prince from the sideline swings it wide.
Brisbane Broncos 26-6
Scored by Sauaso Sue. Conversion attempt by Benji Marshall successful.
Some good footwork and speed from Sauaso Sue who off a short start got through a few attempts to plant down for his first try in the NRL. Marshall converts quickly.
Brisbane Broncos 26-12
Scored by Josh Hoffman. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Broncos go down the left with some quick hands and give Hoffman room, he steps inside, palms off Nofoaluma and powers in for a brace. Prince puts the icing on the cake with a deft conversion.
Brisbane Broncos 32-12