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Sydney Roosters 6 v Brisbane Broncos 24
at Aussie Stadium
Referees: Steve Clark
The Brisbane Broncos have defeated the Sydney Roosters 24-6 in a dour Good Friday contest. The Broncos led 8-6 at half time.
The Roosters took an early 6-0 lead with their only decent sequence of attack in the game, when they spread the ball to Amos Roberts who outpaced the Brisbane defence and scored out wide. Roberts converted the try. The Broncos hit back with a powerful try to Petero Civoniceva. A penalty just before half time gave the Broncos their 8-6 half time lead.
The second half was very poor, with plenty of errors and little attacking enterprise. Corey Parker added a handful of penalty goals and Sam Thaiday scored a try on a nothing attacking set before Greg Eastwood sealed the game when the ran through poor Roosters defence.
The Roosters wretched injury run continued with an injury to Iosia Soliola that will probably see him out for a month or more, while debutant Steve Meredith is out for the season needing a knee reconstruction.
Sydney Roosters: 6
Tries: Amos Roberts
Goals: Amos Roberts 1/1
Brisbane Broncos: 24
Tries: Petero Civoniceva, Sam Thaiday, Greg Eastwood
Goals: Corey Parker 6/6
By the Clock:
A few minutes away from kickoff
1 min: NEWS The Roosters kick off!
5 min: TRY Sydney Roosters
The Roosters move the ball brilliantly to Roberts who outpaces the Brisbane defence and scores out wide. He converts his own try.
12 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos
Big Petero Cinoniceva crashes over from close range. Parker converts.
17 min: NEWS The Broncos are peppering Vince Mellars and he is taking the bombs brilliantly.
19 min: NEWS The Broncos force a goal line dropout on the Roosters second tackle.
22 min: NEWS The Broncos are penalised for an obstruction on a lazy play.
26 min: NEWS Very entertaining end-to-end contest at the moment. Some good attacking moments and pretty solid defence.
32 min: NEWS Webcke penalised for a high shot, penalties 5-all.
32 min: NEWS The Roosters break down the left side and Tupou makes a try saving tackle on Mellars metres from the line.
37 min: NEWS Berrigan gets extremely close to scoring on the last tackle, but is tackled inches short.
40 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane Broncos
The Roosters are penalised for a high shot, and Parker slots the penalty from 30 metres out, right in front.
40 min: NEWS Halftime at Aussie Stadium.
The Roosters scored early, but the Broncos struck back with a try and a penalty goal just before halftime to lead 8-6.
40 min: NEWS Back underway.
46 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos
The Broncos put on a pretty average set after a Roosters error, but Thaiday goes through a gaping hole to score.
49 min: NEWS Soliola busts up the middle, but on the following play Minichello puts in a nothing kick which runs into touch.
51 min: NEWS The Broncos make an error, but defend strongly and force an error on the last tackle.
54 min: NEWS Soward finds Anthony Tupou with a solid falcon. A fairly scrappy game with not too much attacking enterprise.
60 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane Broncos
Parker kicks a penalty goal.
63 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane Broncos
The Broncos initially get a penalty they can't kick for goal from. This is followed by Minichello getting penalised for backchat, and Parker kicks the penalty goal.
68 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos
Eastwood breaks away and scores under the posts, to all but kill of this match. Parker converts.
70 min: NEWS At the moment the most exciting parts of the match are the huge yards the Broncos are making off Rooster errors.
79 min: NEWS Video referee for a Roosters try....
79 min: NEWS NO TRY - The Broncos fumble the ball in the in goal but Anasta can't get downward pressure on the ball.
80 min: NEWS The Broncos defeat the Roosters 24-6 in a less than memorable match.
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 - Corey Parker (Broncos)
2 - Petero Civoniceva (Broncos)
1 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)