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The crowd at ANZ Stdium of just over 13,000 had great anticipation of the Broncos soundly defeating the Tigers, and they weren't disappointed, with the Broncos winning 46-14
The Tigers just couldn't compete against the fast, attacking speed of the Broncos. Though playing their hearts out, the support play and the fast play of the ball actions from the Broncos, left the Tigers panting. Darren Lockyer (pictured), having a brilliant game, clocked up two tries in the first half, and helped set up two more. Other tries in the half were scored by Meyers, Tallis and Chris Walker.
Half time saw the Broncos with a healthy lead of 28-2
The second half had no respite for the Tigers, the Broncos onslaught continued, with a try 2 minutes after the break to Phillip Lee. Others followed to Berrigan, and another to Chris Walker.
The play became a bit messy with a few punches being thrown around, a bit of frustration setting in.
The three players Lockyer, Langer, and Berrigan all had brilliant games and led the way for the team.
The Broncos seemed to coast to victory, quite happy to go through the motions. A lot of unforced errors did not help the Tigers cause. Tries to McGuiness and Galea for the Tigers late in the game, were no consolation for the team.
Andrew Gee was sin binned in the last few minutes, after many warnings to both sides by the referee to tidy up their act.
Wayne Bennet, the Broncos coach, now holds the record of 262 Premiership wins for a coach, a great achievement. In the finish, a dominating Broncos pack had no trouble in cruising to victory over the Tigers pack, who have a lot of tough games ahead.
League Unlimited Players of the Match:
3. Lockyer (Broncos) 2. Langer (Broncos) 1. Meyers (Broncos)
5:30PM, Sat 20 July 2002 ANZ Stadium Referee: S Richards
Broncos 46- Tigers 14
Wests Tigers (Tries: McGuiness, Galea. Goals: Jeffries 3/3)