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A mighty first half effort from the Brisbane Broncos has set up a 44-16 victory at Suncorp Stadium, getting the Queensland side away from the foot of the ladder. The Broncos were extremely dominant in the first forty minutes of the game, scoring six tries for a 32-0 half-time score. The Sharks defence was never on as the Broncos, who had a few inclusions into the game with a much stronger side than the last few weeks, dominated.
Peter Wallace was damaging, getting through some bad defence multiple times. The errors were down and the metres were up for the home side as the side, thanks to a Matt Gillett and Israel Folau brace set themselves up a massive lead.
The Sharks were probably the better of the two sides in the second half with three tries, but the afternoon will prove costly for them. Prop Josh Cordoba was taken off the field with a horror injury and utility Paul Aiton suffered the same fate. News about their injuries should be known in the next few days.
Brisbane Broncos 44 defeated Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 16
National Rugby League - NRL - Round 6 - Sunday April 18, 2010 2:00pm
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Referee: Jason Robinson and Tony De Las Heras
Video Referee: Tim Mander
Touch Judges: Steve Chiddy and Ricky McFarlane
Halftime: Brisbane Broncos 32 Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 0
Brisbane Broncos (44)
Tries: Sam Thaiday, Matt Gillett (2), Josh Hoffman, Israel Folau (2), Ben Te'o, Dunamis Lui
Conversions: Corey Parker (6/8)
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks (16)
Tries: Isaac Gordon, Siosaia Vave, Tim Smith
Conversions: Nathan Stapleton (2/3)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Welcome to Suncorp for this anticipated match-up.
For the update, the Broncos won the Toyota Cup 38-18.
2 min: Sharks starting well in attack.
4 min: Few errors from the Sharks.
5 min: Yow Yeh with a massive break.
7 min: TRY
Lockyer sends Gillett over early to start the scoring.
Brisbane Broncos 4-0
10 min: Yow Yeh turns into a trysaver, ending a Sharks raid.
12 min: Peter Wallace down injured.
14 min: TRY
Dunamis Lui with his first ever try, going over the top of Ferguson.
Brisbane Broncos 10-0
18 min: Sharks giving away the ball and penalties now.
20 min: TRY
This time it's Wallace with the set-up, enabling Gillett to grab a double.
Brisbane Broncos 16-0
24 min: TRY
Wallace goes through some bad defence to send Te'o over.
Brisbane Broncos 20-0
30 min: Sharks making some decent metres at the end of the first half.
31 min: Barrett nearly pulls off a chip and chase.
34 min: Broncos come up with their first mistake. A solid half from them.
37 min: Sharks with a drop out, Broncos with a chance.
37 min: TRY
Welcome back Izzy! Thaiday doing plenty of work going through the defence.
Brisbane Broncos 26-0
39 min: TRY
Again...welcome back Izzy. McCullough with a nice chip that bounces amazingly for Folau.
Brisbane Broncos 32-0
40 min: HALF TIME: Broncos 32-0. Enough said.
40 min: Let's see how this second half goes!
44 min: TRY
The Sharks have gotten the second half underway scoring first. Smith swivels his way over.
Brisbane Broncos 32-6
52 min: Brisbane still hold a massive advantage, despite Sharks improvement.
54 min: TRY
McCullough goes through to set up Thaiday. They're back.
Brisbane Broncos 38-6
58 min: TRY
Hoffman scores another Broncos try, with a possible hint of obstruction.
Brisbane Broncos 44-6
63 min: TRY
Gordon with a great runaway try for the Sharks.
Brisbane Broncos 44-12
68 min: Cordoba is off badly injured. It looks horrid. Brisbane crowd treating him with respect here.
70 min: Now Aiton comes off. Horrid day for the Sharks.
73 min: TRY
Morris turns the Broncos defenders to send Vave over.
Brisbane Broncos 44-16
77 min: Pomeroy is over, but the last pass went forward.
80 min: Broncos go for one more burst, but it doesn't come off. That'll do for this game.