Bulldogs Self-Destruct at hands of Scintillating Broncos

The Brisbane Broncos have kept their charge to the NRL top 8 going with a scintillating 45-10 win over a poor Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium.

Despite the scorecard, the Bulldogs looked like the team who was going to be able to take the game by the scruff of the neck first when off some lucky rebounds, Josh Reynolds found himself scoring a try and after several replays the Bulldogs took an early 6-0 lead.

From there, the Broncos started to hit their straps although on several occasions they let the pressure off the Bulldogs with some simple errors with the try line wide open.

Not long after the Broncos finally capitalised on the pressure they created when Daley Copley scored in the corner off some good work from the men inside him, Corey Parker wasn't able to convert from out wide.

Next up in the scoring procession came through Daniel Vidot, who got the green lights from the video referees after numerous replays were inconclusive to whether or not the ball touched the ground, therefore the on field call from Gerard Sutton was upheld.

The final try of the first half, was also the most skilful when Ben Barba managed to get an unlikely offload away before Jack Reed managed to get his foot to the ball kicking it backwards to Ben Barba who got himself over in the corner to score, this gave the Broncos a 20-6 half time lead.

The second half had a brighter start for the Bulldogs when Josh Jackson was able to cross early in the second half to bring the margin back to 10.

From there things just went down faster than an avalanche on Mount Everest, when Josh Reynolds was put on report for kicking Sam Thaiday in the head, then minutes later the Broncos scored through Corey Oates.

The Broncos then continued the scoring through a penalty goal from Corey Parker and then Andrew McCullough put the margin out to 19.

The second and probably worst of the incidents involving Josh Reynolds was next when he stuck his leg out and tripped a flying Ben Barba, the Suncorp crowd chanted off but Gerard Sutton didn't go as far by only putting the incident on report.

Following that the Broncos put another try on the ball through Sam Thaiday from close range, not long after Josh Reynolds was sent to the sin bin after Gerard Sutton made good on the warning from the trip.

The nail in the coffin was when Ben Hunt crossed off a beautiful Josh McGuire pass to score under the sticks to wrap up a comfortable 41-10 win.

Despite having a nervous wait for the judiciary, the Bulldogs will need to have to rebuild to avoid a fifth straight loss when they take on the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium, meanwhile the Broncos also have a roadtrip to ANZ Stadium when they take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Thursday night


Match Details
Brisbane Broncos 41 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 10
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Crowd: 28344
Halftime Score: Brisbane Broncos 20 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 6

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Ben Hunt
2 points - Ben Barba
1 point - Andrew McCullough

BRISBANE BRONCOS (41)
Tries: Dale Copley, Daniel Vidot, Ben Hunt (2), Ben Barba, Corey Oates, Sam Thaiday
Field Goals: Andrew McCullough (1/1)
Conversions: Corey Parker (3/4), Ben Hunt (2/3)
Penalty Goals: Corey Parker (1/1)

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (10)
Tries: Josh Reynolds, Josh Jackson
Field Goals:
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (1/2)
Penalty Goals:


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

LATE MAIL: Broncos - Todd Lowrie has been replaced in the side by Martin Kennedy. Lowrie is now 18th man.

LATE MAIL: Bulldogs - A positional change with Aidan Tolman starting in place of Greg Eastwood who moves to the bench.

Both sides are on the field at Suncorp Stadium for Friday night football

3: Both sides have completed their opening sets, Broncos rather tentatively end their set with Sam Thaiday kicking the ball before the rebound forces Ben Barba to kick

3: Some beautiful play from Sam Kasiano to find space but offloads it back to Alex Glenn

4: Broncos go high with the kick but Daniel Vidot drops it in the air and the Bulldogs come away with it

5: Michael Ennis goes high with the bomb but it goes too far and Josh Hoffman catches it ingoal with no pressure

6: Broncos go high again with the kick, this time Jack Reed gets the tap back straight to Josh Reynolds

7: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Tony Williams makes an unforced error.

Bulldogs create some space out wide but Tony Williams drops the ball under no pressure

8: Ben Hunt throws a dummy and goes through before putting a kick in that Sam Perrett cleans up on his own goal line

9: PENALTY BRONCOS: Bulldogs penalised for being too slow off the tackled player

9: Broncos attacking on the Bulldogs 30m line following the kick for touch

10: Another lovely kick from Ben Hunt creates pressure on the Bulldogs but they hold against the pressure

10: PENALTY BULLDOGS: Broncos too eager in defence and stay in the tackle too long to give the Bulldogs a relieving penalty out of their own 20m

12: PENALTY BULLDOGS: Pressure going on the Broncos defence after a Bulldogs chaser was taken out during the kick chase

13: VIDEO REFEREE: Josh Reynolds with a possible try, Gerard Sutton wants his brother Bernard to check it, says try, checking onside

14: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Josh Reynolds. Kick to come.

Josh Reynolds get the green lights - a player was inside the 10m off the first kick however he did not effect the play then is put onside by Josh Reynolds

15: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.

Trent Hodkinson gets the conversion from outwide

16: PENALTY BRONCOS: Broncos get a penalty deep in their own end for a player being tackled in mid-air, count now 2-2

17: PENALTY BRONCOS: Another penalty for the Broncos, this time for the Bulldogs being too slow in the ruck

18: Alex Glenn looks to score off a kick rebound but Gerard Sutton rules a knock-on

19: Ben Hunt pulls off an amazing 1 on 1 strip on Tony Williams to turn defence into attack

19: PENALTY BRONCOS: Broncos get a penalty on the Bulldogs line after the tacklers stay in the ruck

21: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Mitch Brown makes an unforced error.

Ben Barba goes across field with the kick and Mitch Brown goes up and loses the ball forward

21: VIDEO REFEREE: Josh McGuire crosses - Gerard Sutton needs brother Bernard to sign off on it, onfield call is a "try"

22: UNFORCED ERROR BRISBANE BRONCOS
Josh McGuire makes an unforced error.

NO TRY the ruling, Josh McGuire lost the ball putting the ball down

22: PENALTY BULLDOGS: Broncos penalised for being offside after the 20m tap

23: PENALTY BRONCOS: Tony Williams penalised for not being square at marker

24: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Dale Copley. Kick to come.

Dale Copley is on the recieving end of some good passing work and scores out in the corner

26: VIDEO REFEREE: Daniel Vidot has crossed in the corner, checking sideline, grounding and obstruction, Gerard Sutton says TRY

26: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Daniel Vidot. Kick to come.

Daniel Vidot gets the green lights after there was not enough evidence to overturn the decision

27: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Corey Parker unsuccessful.

Corey Parker misses the conversion from the opposite side of the field to where he slotted the first

25: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Corey Parker successful.

Corey Parker converts from outwide

31: The wheels have come off the bus for the Bulldogs, play gets super messy but luckily the refs find a Broncos knock on

31: Mitch Brown streaks down the sideline and Ben Barba races across to put him into touch

32: PENALTY BRONCOS: The Bulldogs are penalised for a hand on the ball

34: UNFORCED ERROR BRISBANE BRONCOS
Ben Barba makes an unforced error.

Ben Barba loses the ball in a strong tackle although replays suggest a possible strip, Bulldogs scrum 10m out

34: Bulldogs in all sorts with another drop ball inside their own 15m

35: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Ben Hunt. Kick to come.

Ben Hunt shows a dummy and goes through some lazy defence and the Broncos kick clear

36: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Ben Hunt successful.

Ben Hunt has no problems converting his own try from near the uprights

40: VIDEO REFEREE: Checking a possible Ben Barba try, onfield call is a try

40: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Ben Barba. Kick to come.

Ben Barba gets the green lights (although somewhat questionably) after some magic work in the lead up

40: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Ben Hunt unsuccessful.

Ben Hunt misses the conversion to keep the scores as they are at the break

40: Bulldogs back on the field at Suncorp Stadium with the Broncos also coming out

41: Second half underway and its the Broncos who have the first possession of the ball in the second half

42: Big blow for the Bulldogs chances with Sam Kasiano OUT for the remainder of the match

44: PENALTY BULLDOGS: First penalty of the second half goes to the Bulldogs after the Broncos were called offside

45: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Timoteo Lafai makes an unforced error.

Tim Lafai can't pick up a rebound with seemingly a full set ahead with a likely six again call

47: UNFORCED ERROR BRISBANE BRONCOS
Matt Gillett makes an unforced error.

Broncos go to the air with the kick but Matt Gillett knocks the ball on

47: VIDEO REFEREE: Gerard Sutton needs the colonel (aka brother Bernie) to check a possible Josh Jackson try, checking a possible Double Movement, TRY is the call

47: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Josh Jackson. Kick to come.

Josh Jackson scores the try with the Video Refs only needing one look to agree with the onfield call

49: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson unsuccessful.

Trent Hodkinson doesn't put enough hook on the kick and goes wide

50: PENALTY BULLDOGS: Ben Barba penalised for a high tackle, now puts more pressure on the Broncos defence

50: PENALTY BULLDOGS: Broncos penalised for a strip, another full set to defend, penalty count now 7-6 in favour of the Broncos

51: Bit of an incident in the tackle - Sam Thaiday on the ground, Josh Reynolds being called out by Gerard Sutton

56: VIDEO REFEREE: Possible Broncos try, checking obstruction & grounding, Gerard Sutton says TRY

57: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Corey Oates. Kick to come.

Corey Oates gets the green lights for the try, just seconds after coming on the field

58: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Corey Parker successful.

Corey Parker has no problems converting from close range

59: A good kick from the Broncos forces the Bulldogs back to their own to 10m to get it, Broncos dominating at the moment

60: Tony Williams has been rocks tonight until that flick pass, Hodkinson puts the kick in and gets the repeat set

62: Ben Hunt puts a kick in that is absolute perfection, stops no more than 30cm inside the dead ball line

63: Easy march out to the 20m for the Broncos off a bad kick on the last

64: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Sam Perrett makes an unforced error.

Sam Perrett ruled to have knocked the ball on during a contest with Jack Reed although replays show it was all backwards off Jack Reed

65: PENALTY BRONCOS: Bulldogs penalised for not being square at marker

66: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL BRISBANE BRONCOS
Penalty goal attempt by Corey Parker successful.

Corey Parker has no problems converting the goal from close range

68: Bulldogs just throw the ball away again, an unnecessary offload gives the ball back to the Broncos

69: SUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL BRISBANE BRONCOS
Field goal attempt by Andrew McCullough successful.

Andrew McCullough goes from dummy-half and kicks the field goal from right in front

70: Josh Reynolds ON REPORT for a trip

73: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Sam Thaiday. Kick to come.

Sam Thaiday gets the ball off a well executed play to extend the lead next to the uprights

74: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Corey Parker successful.

Corey Parker has no problems from adjacent to the uprights converting

76: Repeat set for the Broncos after the Bulldogs are forced to knock the kick dead

77: SIN BIN
Josh Reynolds is sent to the sin bin.

Reynolds is penalised for a high tackle - Gerard Sutton's had enough and puts Reynolds in the bin for repeated infringements.

79: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Ben Hunt. Kick to come.

Hunt runs onto a pearler of a short ball from Josh McGuire to seal a magnificent Broncos win.

80: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Ben Hunt successful.

Hunt converts his own try, that's the game.

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