Broncos rout Warriors for third place

Round 26
Brisbane Broncos 36 v New Zealand Warriors 12
at Suncorp Stadium
Referee: Sean Hampstead

Match Summary:

The Brisbane Broncos have claimed third spot on the NRL ladder with an emphatic 36-12 destruction of the Warriors at Suncorp Stadium this afternoon in front of 47,193 fans.

The Broncos set the tone for the match when Shane Perry raced past Warriors defenders to score in the 8th minute. After 20 minutes Shaun Berrigan doubled the Broncos lead as he ran through non-existent Warriors defence to score under the posts.

Soon after it was 18-0 as Karmicheal Hunt scored out wide. The Warriors managed to get one back with not long to go in the half when Gatis bombed for Byrne who dotted down out wide.

The Warriors threatened to make a match of it as Gatis claimed a try 10 minutes into the second half. With 20 minutes to go Lockyer sliced through the Warriors defence off a short pass to score under the posts. Justin Hodges claimed a brace of tries in the final stages of the match to turn a tight game into a rout.

Next week the Broncos will host the Dragons in the 3rd vs 6th final at Suncorp Stadium, while the Warriors will face a variety of alcoholic beverages come Monday morning.

Brisbane Broncos: 36
Tries: Shaun Berrigan, Justin Hodges(2), Karmichael Hunt, Darren Lockyer, Shane Perry
Goals: Darren Lockyer 2/2, Corey Parker 4/4
New Zealand Warriors: 12
Tries: Todd Byrne, George Gatis
Goals: Lance Hohaia 2/2

By the Clock:
Happy Fathers day from Suncorp Stadium. Today we have one of the clashes of the season, the Broncos hosting the Warriors.

The Warriors have Todd Byrne in for Nathan Fein. Darius Boyd is in for Stephen Michaels on the Broncos side.

Super crowd under sunny skies in Brisbane. The Warriors are in grey and the Broncos in maroon.

1 min: The Broncos kick off!

4 min: Price makes a break but can't offload to support.

7 min: The Warriors just stop a Broncos attacking raid.

8 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos
Perry races over from a short ball from Lockyer. Lockyer converts.
Broncos 6-0

12 min: The Warriors find touch just outside the Broncos 20.

13 min: The Warriors are penalised for interfering in the play the ball. The Broncos knock on on the first play.

16 min: The Broncos very strong defensively, the Warriors not making too much ground.

17 min: INJURY - Darius Boyd looking unwell after a hitup.

17 min: The Warriors get a penalty after a strong Vatuvei hitup.

21 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos
Berrigan races over from dummy half. Very poor Warriors defence. Parker converts.
Broncos 12-0

24 min: INJURY - Webb injured after a big hit from Carroll, and is coming from the field.

25 min: The Broncos make a break and get six more tackles.

25 min: Tate just loses the ball chasing a Lockyer kick. The Warriors in all sorts of trouble.

28 min: NEWS VIDEO REF - For a Broncos try...

28 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos
Great ball movement from the Broncos sees Hunt score out wide. Parker converts.
Broncos 18-0

31 min: The Warriors get a penalty while hot on attack.

31 min: The Warriors get a line dropout off a lucky deflection.

35 min: VIDEO REF - For a Broncos try...

35 min: NO TRY - Broncos
Tate penalised for a double movement.

36 min: TRY New Zealand Warriors
Gatis bombs from dummy half, Byrne flies high and claims the first points against the Broncos in almost three weeks. Hohaia converts.
Broncos 18-6

40 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Brisbane Broncos
Lockyer just puts a field goal attempt under the bar.
Broncos 18-6

HALF TIME: With the Broncos looking totally dominant. Brent Webb has played his last minutes for the Warriors, he is out for the rest of the match with rib cartilage damage.

40 min: Back underway at Suncorp.

42 min: Hodges just averts a Warriors 40/20.

46 min: Anderson loses the ball with the Warriors hot on attack.

47 min: A Broncos try called back for a forward pass.

47 min: CROWD - 47,193

49 min: Warriors get six more tackles off a McGuire error.

50 min: TRY New Zealand Warriors
Rovelli puts up a bomb, Vatuvei knocks it back to Gatis who dots down. Hohaia converts as McGuire is taken from the field after an accidental knee from Wiki.
Broncos 18-12

52 min: Warriors looking far better in the 12 minutes of this half.

54 min: Ropati kicks through for Byrne who recovers and gets it away to Hohaia, but the pass was ruled forward.

56 min: The Warriors put up another bomb, Vatuvei looks best to get the ball but he swings and misses.

58 min: The Broncos bringing their intensity back. The Warriors throw a forward pass on the last tackle.

59 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos
Lockyer collects an offload and steps Ah Van to score under the posts. Parker converts.
Broncos 24-12

63 min: NEWS VIDEO REF - For a Broncos try...

63 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos
After a very dodgy knock on call against Ropati, the Broncos get a scrum 10 out. Hodges scores a few plays later. Parker converts.
Broncos 30-12

67 min: The Broncos have another try called back for a forward pass.

70 min: Good desperation defence from the Warriors keeps the Broncos out.

71 min: Hunt takes the ball across the sideline with Vatuvei chasing down a kick.

72 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos
Ropati loses the ball at one end of the field, two plays later Hodges avoids defenders to dot down out wide. Lockyer converts off the post.
Broncos 36-12
----------------------------------------- players of the match:
3 - Justin Hodges
2 - Darren Lockyer
1 - Shaun Berrigan