Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
Brisbane Broncos 25 v Canterbury Bulldogs 6
at Suncorp Stadium
Referees: Steven Clark
The Broncos have kept their good record after origin games intact with a 25 points to 6 thrashing to arch rivals the Bulldogs.
Normally close games between the clubs, this one was a mismatch as the home side led from start to finish to take the two compettion points.
Brisbane got off to a great start as they jumped to a 12-0 lead early on the back of tries to Tupou, Berrigan and Boyd in the first fifteen minutes of the contest.
The home side opened the scoring in just the third minute of action as Kiwi winger Tame Tupou finished off a picturesque back line movement that involved two second man plays.
As if things couldn?t get worse for the visitors, less than five minutes later, the Broncos were in again this time on the blind side as fullback Karmichael Hunt threw a short pass on to the chest of centre Shaun Berrigan who crashed over.
With the next try to young star Darius Boyd, the Bulldogs were looking down the barrel of a heavy defeat after only fifteen minutes as the score line read 12-0. The only thing that was keeping the doggies in the contest was Corey Parker?s wayward goalkicking. In the first half the visitors struggled to keep possession of the ball as the held it for only just over 50%.
However, in the second half we saw a much bigger improvement with the Bulldogs scoring the first try of the half as five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth delivered a miracle flick pass to utility Reni Maitua to crash over next to the posts. This was converted to get the Doggies back within two converted tries.
The hopes of the Canterbury side were soon dashed when Tupou grabbed a double and doing well to stay infield as he dived over to score in the corner. Parker then kicked his first of the night from the sideline to give the Broncos a 24-6 lead.
The icing on the cake was performed fifteen minutes from time as a Darren Lockyer field goal put the contest beyond doubt.
This loss to the Bulldogs really questions their Top 4 credentials however the Broncos take a vital 2 points during the origin period.
Brisbane Broncos: 25
Tries: Shaun Berrigan, Darren Lockyer, Tame Tupou(2), Darius Boyd
Goals: Corey Parker 2/6
Field Goals: Darren Lockyer
Canterbury Bulldogs: 6
Tries: Reni Maitua
Goals: Hazem El Masri 1/1
By the Clock:
Justin Hodges is out for the Broncos with Brent Tate replacing him, Casey McGuire is out with Ian Lacey replacing him at hooker.A small change to the Doggies with Willie Mason and Nate Myles switching from the 2nd Row to the bench.
1 min: NEWS Kickoff!
2 min: NEWS Lockyer misses a 40/20 by a couple of centimetres as the ball bounces up instead of rolling on its head.
3 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos
A slick backline move as a couple of second man plays are constructed in the centre of the field.Berrigan goes through then turns the ball back on the inside for Tupou to score to cap off a great start to the game for the Broncs.
Parker from next to the posts misses!
6 min: NEWS A great start to this game continues as Perry kicks down field from halfway and El Masri is caught in goal.
7 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos
A short ball close to the line by Hunt and Shaun Berrigan scores in the corner as the Bulldogs' woes continue.
Parker from the touchline can't add the extras.
12 min: NEWS A piggy back penalty gives the Broncos another chance but a forward pass by Shane Webcke lets the team down.
15 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos
The Broncos go wide again and Tate ushers young gun Darius Boyd inside who scores in the corner.
Parker from the sideline just shaves the uprights.
18 min: NEWS Going upstairs to see a Broncos try ... looks like Lockyer knocked it on.
18 min: NEWS NO TRY - A kick through gets a horror bounce and Lockyer dives but knocks the ball on while trying to ground it.
22 min: NEWS On their first trek downfield,the Doggies force a goalline dropout.
29 min: NEWS Corey Hughes penalised while attacking for taking the marker out while playing the ball.
33 min: NEWS O'Meley is penalised as Lockyer puts up a bomb and Mark takes him out late.
34 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Brisbane Broncos
Corey Parker misses the penalty attempt from out wide as he keeps his kicking rate to 0%.
35 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos
A great offload by Corey Parker midfield on to captain Lockyer who runs 50 metres to score under the posts.
Parker converts his first of the night.
45 min: TRY Canterbury Bulldogs
The Bulldogs are on the board as Holdsworth throws a miracle ball back over his head that is taken by Maitua to dive over next to the posts.
El Masri converts.
50 min: NEWS Going to the video for a possible Broncos try.
51 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos
The Broncos move further ahead as a great offload from Civoniceva to Lockyer who then throws a bullet pass to Tame Tupou who does very well to score in the corner.
Parker kicks it from the sideline!
65 min: FIELD GOAL Brisbane Broncos
Lockyer seals the game for the Broncos with a nicely slotted field goal.
71 min: NEWS The Broncos have a try gone begging as an obstruction takes place as Hunt runs away down field.
Fulltime in Brisbane
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)
2 - Corey Parker (Broncos)
1 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)