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The Broncos against the Roosters was always going to be a tough match, with the Roosters trying to cement their spot higher in the Top 8.
The Roosters had turned up to play, and had a very good first half, leading by 3 tries to 1 at the break, 18-6
The Broncos had never panicked, and as could have been predicted, tried to come back at the Roosters in the second half. But the Sydney Roosters had other ideas, and often playing some wild football, seemed to have everything going their way. A lot of unforced errors by the Broncos certainly helped their cause. Stand out players on the night were Fitzgibbon, Fittler and Hodges for the Roosters. Hodges (pictured), visiting ANZ for the first time since the second SOO, in which he had a horror night, certainly dispelled any misgivings he may have had since that night, and played brilliantly.Lockyer (Broncos) also had a very good game.
7:30PM, Friday 09 August 2002 ANZ Stadium Referee: S Clark
Broncos 18 - Roosters 28
Brisbane Broncos (Tries: C Walker, Lockyer, Tate. Goals: De Vere 3/3)
Sydney Roosters (Tries: Cusack, Hodges, Minichiello, Fittler, Flannery. Goals: Fitzgibbon 4/5)