Record breaker Lockyer leads Broncos to victory over Eels

The Broncos move into the Top 8 after grinding out a 10-6 victory at Parramatta Stadium in front a crowd of 15929.

With the outstanding record of 329 games for one club, Darren Lockyer led his troops well tonight away from home, to notch up a tough victory over a Parramatta Eels side a little out of sorts at times.

A try a-piece in the first half saw the score at the break 6-6.

The second half had the promise of a tight battle. The Broncos knuckled down well on defence as the Eels were left to rue their sometimes soft 5th tackle options, letting down any real scoring opportunities.
Falou the only player scoring any points in the final forty minutes of the match.

The Broncos now move into the Top 8 while the Eels are left to regather following back to back losses before they head across the Tasman for their game in the next round.

Match Details
Parramatta Eels 6 were defeated by Brisbane Broncos 10
National Rugby League - NRL - Round 16 - Saturday June 26, 2010 5:30pm
Venue: Parramatta Stadium
Referee: Jared Maxwell and Phil Haines
Video Referee: Russell Smith
Touch Judges: Steve Chiddy and Ricky McFarlane
Crowd: 15929
Halftime: Parramatta Eels 6 Brisbane Broncos 6 players of the match:
3 Points - Sam Thaiday
2 Points - Darren Lockyer
1 Point - Ben Te'o

Parramatta Eels (6)
Tries: Jarryd Hayne
Conversions: Luke Burt (0/1)
Penalty Goals: Luke Burt (1/1)

Brisbane Broncos (10)
Tries: Peter Wallace, Israel Folau
Conversions: Corey Parker (1/2) Live Commentary 8th versus 9th on the table tonight. The Eels celebrating Women in League, wearing pink and blue. Lockyer will become the longest serving one-club player in premiership history. His 329 games for the Broncos will eclipse the 328 of Cronulla's Andrew Ettingshausen.
1 min: The Broncos get the first game tonight underway.
1 min: Back to back sets to the Eels and the Broncos withstand the pressure.
6 min: Early errors by both sides. The Broncos now have a chance on attack for the first time in the match.
7 min: TRY
Lockyer puts in a great kick in goal and Wallace is there to score.
Brisbane Broncos 6-0
10 min: The Eels spreading the ball wide in their set, the Broncos right up with the play with their defence holding well.
15 min: TRY Media Mantarays
Hindmarsh makes a great break to get close to the line. The kick in goal is messy with Hayne able to scoop it up and twist over for the try. Burt's conversion right on song, but drops short.
Brisbane Broncos 6-4
20 min: NO TRY - Eels. Another high kick this time from Hayne, and Inu contesting well. The ball propells forward for Smith resulting in no try.
23 min: First penalty in the match goes the Eels way, with the Broncos inside the 10. This brings play up to halfway.
26 min: First penalty the Broncos way, and they launch an attack 30 metres out from their line. Second pass of the set is ruled forward.
30 min: Smith on the sideline with ice on his troubled hamstring.
31 min: Very even game at this stage of the match.
33 min: Thaiday down with his neck caught awkwardly. He's up but a bit shaky.
37 min: The Eels starting to throw the ball around a bit. Burt with a flick over the head by the sideline to start the adlib footy.
Eels get a penalty right in front with Burt ruled to be taken out of the chase in goal.
6 all
40 min: Halftime: The score at the break showing just how even this contest is at Parramatta Stadium tonight. Both side committed to solid defence.
41 min: Burt gets the second half underway in this very tight match.
42 min: An early penalty gives the Broncos a great chance early in the half but Lockyer coughs up the ball after getting thru a defencive hole.
47 min: The Eels managing to get their sets completed close enough to their line, however 5th kick options letting them down.
53 min: Scrambling defence by the Eels saved a certain Broncos try as the visitors starting to look dangerous on attack.
55 min: NO TRY - Broncos. The Broncos once again over the line after Falou bust easily thru 4 tacklers. Hayne, with 2 others, manage to hold him up.
58 min: Inu close to scoring, the Broncos defence holding strong. 5th tackle option once again not good for the Eels.
61 min: TRY
The Eels defence opened up easily with Thaiday attracting 2 defenders. Simple passing for Falou to score.
Brisbane Broncos 10-6
67 min: Turnovers by both sides making the game totally up for grabs.
71 min: The Broncos having the better options on the 5th tackle where the Eels are struggling. The defence by both sides tiring, but still holding true.
73 min: NO TRY - Broncos. A high bomb by Lockyer is up for grabs. A knock on in goal gives the home side a hint of a chance as the minutes tick down.
68 min: NO TRY - Broncos. A high bomb by Lockyer is up for grabs. A knock on in goal gives the home side a hint of a chance as the minutes tick down.
77 min: Eels on attack 40 metres out, after Setu knocks on.
79 min: Broncos defence once again holding true as the Eels try to break thru.
80 min: Fulltime: The Broncos did well to hold off the Eels defence and win a tough match in Sydney.

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