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Golden Broncos coast home against Titans
A committed team performance has seen the Brisbane Broncos snatch back-to-back wins, with a 28-6 drubbing of the Gold Coast Titans in front of over 40,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium.
Buoyed with new found confidence following their victory over Melbourne last round, the Broncos controlled the match from start to finish against a very flat Gold Coast outfit.
The Brisbane forwards paved the way for the likes of powerhouse centre Israel Folau, who crossed for a double, and Josh Hoffman - the rookie fullback made a number of threatening runs and was as safe as a house at the back.
The Broncos made the perfect start when Folau finished a sweeping backline movement in the 8th minute.
However, the Titans levelled the contest at 6-all when centre Joseph Tomane capitalised on a Brisbane error, scooping up a loose ball to run 40 metres to score.
Folau grabbed his double nine minutes before the break, the 21-year old barged his way through two opposition defenders to extend his team's lead to 12-6 at halftime.
But the second half was even more one-sided. Some nice lead up play by substitute forward Matt Gillett saw Leagueunlimited's Man of the Match Ben Te'o cross out wide.
Fellow backrower, Lagi Setu, produced fancy footwork to dance over for the next try before Gillett put the icing on a very sweet cake with an run-away intercept in the dying stages.
It was impossible to find a bad player from the home side, while the Titans looked well and truly off the pace for the first time in 2010.
In his return from injury, Gillett showed class beyond his young years. The experienced duo of Sam Thaiday and Corey Parker, in his 200th game for the club, were tireless in attack and defence.
Both Brisbane and Gold Coast have the bye next weekend.
Brisbane Broncos 28 defeated Gold Coast Titans 6
National Rugby League - NRL - Round 10 - Friday May 14, 2010 7:35pm
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Referee: Shayne Hayne and Matt Cecchin
Video Referee: Steve Clark
Touch Judges: Jeff Younis and Phil Haines
Crowd: 40, 168
Halftime: Brisbane Broncos 12 Gold Coast Titans 6
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Ben Te'o (1 Try)
2 Points - Matt Gillett (1 Try)
1 Point - Israel Folau (2 Tries)
BRISBANE BRONCOS (28)
Tries: Matt Gillett, Israel Folau (2), Ben Te'o, Lagi Setu
Conversions: Corey Parker (4/5)
GOLD COAST TITANS (6)
Tries: Joseph Tomane
Conversions: Scott Prince (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Tonight we see the thirteenth placed Brisbane Broncos come up against the equal competition leading Gold Coast Titans. We've witnessed come cracking encounters between these two sides over the past few years and, despite their positions on the ladder, it should be another close contest.
The Titans U20s side triumphed over their opposition, 30-28.
Before the game starts, I'd just like throw down a disclaimer and say I'm a diehard Broncos supporter. But I'll try my best to keep everything nice and balanced this evening..
One new player for each side..
Broncos: Nick Kenny drops off the bench, Ashton Sims gets the call up from Queensland Cup.
Titans: Clinton Toopi, who was ruled out with injury earlier in the week, has been replaced by Josh Graham in the centres. Hendersen starts and Meyers drops back to the bench.
1 min: Kick off! Titans receive the ball.
2 min: Ben Te'o makes a charging run down the right flank.
3 min: A towering Titans bomb is cleaned up well by Josh Hoffman.
5 min: Kevin Gordon marks a Lockyer chip and darts through the defence - a good 20 metre run.
7 min: Two penalties in a row put the Broncos on the attack.
8 min: Video referee - possible Brisbane try..
8 min: TRY
Israel Folau finshes off a sweeping Broncos movement with a one handed put down in the corner. Parker converts from the sideline.
Brisbane Broncos 6-0
11 min: The Titans make a half break down the wing but Gordon chip kicks straight to Hoffman in the last line of defence.
14 min: A high shot from Wallace give the Titans a penalty - a weak penalty.
17 min: Ben Te'o puts a big hit on Titans winger Kevin Gordon.
18 min: Video referee - possible Gold Coast try..
18 min: TRY
Ashley Harrison smashes Peter Wallace, who knocks on. Joseph Tomane picks up the scraps and runs 40 metres to score untouched. Prince converts.
21 min: Titans working the ball of their own line - not much ball movement from either side at the moment.
23 min: Broncos try to show some enterprise but Folau drops the ball - Titans get the scrum 30 metres out from their own line.
25 min: Winterstein is pushed back into the ingoal, Titans starting to gather some momentum here.
27 min: Gold Coast make an error on the attack and a penalty in the next set helps the Broncos gain some yards.
29 min: Wallace goes for the cross field bomb but Tomane diffuses the situation well.
31 min: Video referee - possible Brisbane try..
31 min: TRY
Israel Folau gets a double! Lockyer runs the ball and manages to get an offload out, the ball hits the deck but Folau scoops it up and barges over. Parker converts.
Brisbane Broncos 12-6
33 min: A Brisbane kick rebounds off a Titan but Wallace fumbles.
35 min: Lockyer goes for a 40/20 but boots it out on the full by a fair margin - could be costly just before the break.
36 min: Joseph Tomane sticks his nose through off a scrum but flick passes over the sideline.
39 min: Lockyer is penalised for passing off the ground - another lapse from the great man.
40 min: William Zillman is dragged down in the last line of defence by Hoffman in a try saving tackle.
Halftime: Brisbane leading by a converted try after forty minutes. To this point it's been a bit of a slow match but one gets the feeling it could break wide open in the second half.
41 min: We're underway again! Gold Coast kick off.
42 min: Brisbane penalised for not being square - Gold Coast on the offensive.
45 min: Titans go the length of the field in one set and as Tomane is diving for the try line he loses the ball!
47 min: Matt Gillett strides through, it's really starting to open up now.
48 min: TRY
Broncos get six again on the attack and the ball is moved through the hands out to Gillett, who hits a gap and gets a beautiful flick out to the try scorer Ben Te'o. Parker converts.
Brisbane Broncos 18-6
51 min: Brisbane now making plenty of metres off the kick off.
53 min: Kevin Gordon goes for the intercept but drops it cold, he would have been in under the post if he caught it.
55 min: David Mead makes a flying run down the sideline but is taken into touch by a great low tackle by Peter Wallace.
56 min: Folau drives Bird back in the tackle, he's on song tonight Israel.
58 min: Titans forward Matt White in penalised for a high shot on Folau.
58 min: Lockyer has a terrible attempt at playing the ball - there have been a few clangers from the Brisbane skipper tonight.
60 min: Campbell knocks on trying to get a kick away on the last.
62 min: Josh Hoffman diffuses yet another Gold Coast bomb and makes a further 20 metres on the kick return.
63 min: TRY
Some nice offloading from Brisbane sees Lagi Setu get ball and the forward puts on some stunning footwork to dance through the line. Parker converts.
Brisbane Broncos 24-6
66 min: The Broncos could really put the Titans to the sword here - the Coast have missed nearly 50 tackles already.
69 min: Brisbane run the ball on the last but Mitchell Dodds is held up under the posts.
70 min: Titans make another error trying to force their hand - the Broncos get the ball on halfway.
71 min: Alex Glenn does a 360 degree spin at dummy half before being penalised for a double movement.
74 min: They've really looked flat tonight the Titans, haven't challenged the Broncos in defence at all really.
75 min: A few pushes and shoves exchanged as David Mead is collected by the cover defence.
77 min: TRY
Matt 'the best a man can get' Gillett latches on to an intercept and just has enough paces to beat Zillman to the corner. Parker's kick hits the post.
Brisbane Broncos 28-6
Fulltime: Brisbane claim their second win in succession against a very flat Titans outfit that never really threatened the Broncos line. It was a wonderful team performance from the home side.