Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
After one of the biggest weeks of Rugby League controversy in history it's a relief to have the footy return tonight.
The Bulldogs hosted the Broncos tonight at ANZ Stadium after both teams have been underperforming for the first 6 rounds of the season having won 2 games each.
The Broncos were bolstered with the surprise return of Shane
Tronc to their team after flying in from England just hours before. The
Bulldogs welcomed back Michael Hodgson who started on the bench.
The Broncos started well, but both teams were guilty of a glut of drop ball in the first 20 minutes. It was an uncharacteristic fumble from Lockyer that led to the Bulldogs scoring their first points in the 14th minute.
Andrew Ryan handed Bryson Goodwin a nice ball on the left wing to let him score untouched, but it was the Bulldogs captain, playing in his 250th game, that was guilty of another drop ball after the kickoff giving the Broncos excellent field position straight away.
Corey Parker took full advantage of the chance and threw a big dummy before strolling through the flimsy Bulldogs defence for the easiest of tries. His conversion hit the post to keep the Bulldogs leading 6-4. Folau sparked the Broncos more than once during the first half and made some promising busts, but the Broncos failed to capitalise.
The 2nd half was frenetic, with the Bulldogs scoring 3 tries in 7 minutes to make the game theirs and make the Broncos pay for some ill-disciplined play. Idris stood out, setting up at least 2 of the tries as well as Patten and Kimmorley combining well to put the game out of reach for the Broncos.
The Broncos thought they had a sniff after Thaiday broke the line to hand Lockyer a try and then a