Broncos power over disappointing Tigers
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
1. Corey Norman 2. Josh Hoffman 3. Jack Reed 4. Justin Hodges 20. Lachlan Maranta 6. Scott Prince 7. Peter Wallace 19. Ben Hannant 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Sam Thaiday (c) 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Corey Parker
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
Welcome to Suncorp Stadium for tonight's contest. We have a battle between two of the strugglers in the NRL premiership thus far in Brisbane and Wests. Brisbane are coming off a loss to Canberra last Monday while Wests have recorded back to back wins to join the pack.
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.
Earlier in the Holden Cup, the reigning premiers Wests recorded a comfortable 38-16 victory over the Brisbane side.
1 min: We're underway here at Suncorp! Tigers kicking us off.
VIDEO REFEREE: James Tedesco might have a try, checking onside and grounding.
5 min: TRY WESTS TIGERS
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
10 min: Peter Wallace errs too long with the ball and it is spilled right into Sironen who sets off.
13 min: Tigers with another injury to add to their long list with Braith Anasta off the field with an arm/wrist injury.
14 min: PENALTY Tigers - offside.
14 min: Tigers with the short passing game are worrying the Broncos here. It earns the Tigers another PENALTY when Scott Prince holds down too long.
16 min: Brisbane have their first PENALTY of the night to a large cheer.
19 min: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
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.
22 min: He just dropped his lollies, David Nofoaluma was steady under a tepid high ball and spills it. Broncos scrum.
24 min: PENALTY. It is all Brisbane following the try and they will continue attacking the line.
25 min: Some enterprising play from the Broncos on the edges with Hodges and Reed going close. Wallace kicks on fourth but it is gobbled up and Tigers get a PENALTY.
26 min: That was a shambles on the final tackle from the Tigers as no one got a kick away and Sam Thaiday gleefully took it. Thaiday remains down and the video shows, he was tripped by Iosefa who is placed on report. PENALTY Brisbane.
VIDEO REFEREE: Jack Reed might have a TRY, checking grounding.
29 min: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
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
31 min: Tim Simona is down clutching his shoulder after a shot from Josh McGuire.
32 min: Strip and PENALTY Tigers after the ball flung from Ayshford's grasp.
VIDEO REFEREE: Iosefa burrows over. Referee after deliberation wants a look at a burrow and offside.
33 min: RED LIGHT.. NO TRY. Buchanan was boring through. So it's a PENALTY Brisbane.
35 min: Tigers are once again unorganised on last with Marshall kicking although he had a player in front. PENALTY Brisbane.
36 min: Bodies down everywhere.. Ben Hannant and Scott Prince both down. Sue pinged for a shoulder charge and Prince points to the sticks.
It is easily piloted through. Two more to the home side.
Brisbane Broncos 12-6
VIDEO REFEREE: Upstairs again, touch line and grounding.
40 min: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
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
41 min: Both teams have made their way onto the field for the second half, Broncos kick-off and we're back underway!
41 min: Not the start the Tigers were after from a early shift Reddy spills it.
48 min: Nofoaluma has been safe under the high ball since his dropped bomb in the first half.
48 min: Nofoaluma has been safe under the high ball since his dropped bomb in the first half.
50 min: A nicely weighted kick from Wallace forces Reddy to be driven back into the in goal.
54 min: Good up and in defense from the Broncos forces quick hands from Anasta to Fulton to be dropped.
57 min: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
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
58 min: PENALTY Brisbane after a mazing run from Hoffman.
63 min: Tigers getting desperate with Fulton kicking on last and Seumanufagai taking Hoffman while in the air. PENALTY.
64 min: Corey Norman just weaved and poked his way through the line and almost scored. He is taken and gets a PENALTY for a hand on the ball.
68 min: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
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
69 min: Silly effort from Nofoaluma taking three attempts to throw Wallace over the sideline only drawing a PENALTY.
71 min: Tigers get a rare opportunity to attack and Joel Reddy tries to draw the defenders in but he just goes over the sideline with the ball.
72 min: STRIP by Fulton and Tigers are back on the attack.
73 min: Slips catch by Thaiday thawts another Tigers attack.
75 min: PENALTY Tigers - holding down.
76 min: TRY WESTS TIGERS
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
77 min: Shift from the Tigers and Ayshford is held up and driven over the sideline.
80 min: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
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