The Canberra Raiders have defeated the Brisbane Broncos in cold conditions in the nations capital tonight in front of 10, 419 faithful fans.
In a game that started out as an arm wrestle, it soon turned into a whitewash as the Raiders put on 24 unanswered points in the first half. The Broncos were able to mount several quick come backs at the end of the first half and throughout the second half but were unable to overcome the high flying Raiders in a fast paced, yet scrappy match.
It was a back and forth affair to start the game tonight, with the Broncos and Raiders trading kicks to the fullbacks and wingers until the 11th minute, when a bomb by Terry Campese was put up for collection by Blake Ferguson, fresh from Origin. He flicked the ball back to a flying Josh McCrone to score next to the posts. Jarrod Croker kicked the goal from in front and the Raiders were on the scoreboard.
It took only 4 more minutes for the Raiders to cross the line for their second of the evening, with Joel Thompson charging over the line in the first set from the kick off. The pass was a short one from Campese to put Thompson in and Croker never looked like missing the conversion.
The arm wrestle was well and truly alive again with the Broncos and Raiders trading blows, before Reece Robinson threw a long ball out to Edrick Lee, who beat defenders to sprint up the left edge sideline. He got a pass back on the inside to Jarrod Croker in support, who sprinted the rest of the way to score under the posts. Croker converted his own try to extend the lead.
Another try followed soon after on the back of a Reece Robinson play, which saw him go down the short side and get the ball off to Edrick Lee who crashed through several defenders to post the 4th try for the Raiders on the night. Croker nailed the conversion from the sideline to extend the lead to 4 converted tries.
A minute before the half time break, a brilliant individual effort from Scott Prince saw the Broncos post their first points of the night. A dummy pass from close to the line saw Prince pass through the defensive line and dive over the line for a quick 4 pointer. He converted his own try and the Broncos were back in the hunt.
The Broncos had to be the next team to score to have any hope of winning, and they did so through a great run by Matt Gillett. He gather the ball from the air off of a kick from Peter Wallace and strolled over the line in the 53rd minute to reduce the gap. Prince converted and the Broncos were on the right page in the second half.
The grind set in after the Broncos try and was broken with only 15 minutes left to play in the second half. Campese took the ball to the line before passing off to Joel Edwards, who used his footwork to pass through the Broncos defense to score next to the posts. Croker again nailed the conversion and the try all but put the Broncos out of the contest.
The last try of the game through Mitchell Dodds, who ran onto a short ball from Parker, and saw the big man cross over the line for another Broncos try. Prince kicked the conversion but unfortunately it was too little, too late for the visitors as they went down heavily in tonight’s game.
Next week, it's the Raiders at home to Penrith on Saturday, and the Broncos will have another Monday night game against the Tigers, this time at home in Brisbane.
Canberra Raiders 36 Brisbane Broncos 12
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Halftime Score: Canberra Raiders 24-6
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Shaun Fensom
2 points - Jarrod Croker
1 point - Corey Parker
CANBERRA RAIDERS (36)
Tries: Josh McCrone, Jarrod Croker, Joel Thompson, Edrick Lee, Matt Gillett, Joel Edwards
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (5/5), Scott Prince (1/1)
BRISBANE BRONCOS (12)
Tries: Scott Prince, Mitchell Dodds
Conversions: Scott Prince (2/2)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Interchange: 8. David Shillington 14. Anthony Milford 17. Paul Vaughan 19. Joel Edwards
Broncos: 1. Corey Norman 3. Jack Reed 21. Justin Hodges 4. Josh Hoffman 5. Jordan Kahu 6. Scott Prince 7. Peter Wallace 8. Josh McGuire 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Sam Thaiday 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Corey Parker
Interchange: 14. Justin Hunt 15. David Hala 17. Mitchell Dodds 18. Jarrod Wallace
Berrigan and Picker will be out of the team and in come Buttriss and Edwards. Shillington to the bench and Tilse into the starting line up.
Scored by Josh McCrone. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Campese puts up a bomb and it's cleaned up by Ferguson who passes back to McCrone who scores under the posts. Crocker kicks the conversion from in front.
Canberra Raiders 6-0
Scored by Joel Thompson. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Campese makes a break through the middle and gets the pass off to Thompson who has the power to crash over the line for a quick back up try! Croker kicks the second to give the Raiders an early lead.
Canberra Raiders 12-0
Josh Papalii makes an unforced error.
Papalii loses it in the tackle and the Broncos will get an attacking set in range of the try line.
Scored by Jarrod Croker. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Robinson floats a ball out to Lee from the Brisbane kick down field and Lee is away down the sideline! He passes inside to Croker who is in for the 3rd of the night. He kicks his own conversion and things are not looking good for the Broncos.
Canberra Raiders 18-0
Scored by Edrick Lee. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Robinson with the ball down the short side and he gets the pass off to Lee who crashes over to extend the margin to 4 tries. Croker converts the try and it's a 4 converted try lead.
Canberra Raiders 24-0
Scored by Scott Prince. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Scott Prince with a big dummy, fooling several defenders and is in for a solo effort try! Prince easily converts to get the Broncos on the score board.
Canberra Raiders 24-6
Sam Thaiday makes an unforced error.
Thaiday has lost the ball forward and the Raiders will get a sniff in the Broncos half.
Josh Papalii makes an unforced error.
Papalii drops the ball running it over the halfway line and the Broncos will get it back from the scrum.
Scored by Matt Gillett. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Wallace puts up the bomb from the play the ball and Gillett plucks the ball out of the air on the run and plants the ball over the line for a great looking try. Prince easily converts to reduce the margin to 12.
Canberra Raiders 30-6
Scored by Joel Edwards. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Campese gets the ball and runs toward the line. He gets off a late pass to Edwards who runs through multiple experienced defenders to score close to the posts. Croker nails the conversion and it'll be hard to come back from that for the Broncos.
Canberra Raiders 36-6
Anthony Milford makes an unforced error.
Milford loses the ball in the tackle and the Broncos will get a scrum feed 10m their own side of half way.
Josh Hoffman makes an unforced error.
Hoffman loses it and the Raiders are off the hook.
Paul Vaughan makes an unforced error.
He's lost the ball and the Broncos will get the scrum from the 35m Raiders line.
Scored by Mitchell Dodds. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Parker with the short ball to Dodds who screams through to put the ball down over the line. Prince kicks the conversion to bring the scores closer but it's all over for tonight.
Canberra Raiders 36-12