Brisbane have produced a solid display in dispatching with the Gold Coast Titans 32-12 in a tough contest in front of 22,749 fans at Skilled Park this evening.
Titans were without young half Aiden Sezer after he was ruled out prior to the game but Albert Kelly stepped up early to provide guidance.
He was the spark for the opening points as he spied a gap between the defenders, sliced through and chipped for himself to get the ball down. Greg Bird took conversion duty and put the ball through for an early 6-0 lead.
Broncos would get themselves back in the contest after some Titans errors allowing them field possession. Some quick hands found Hoffman in space who offloaded to Wallace to walk in the leveler.
Kelly once again stood up for his team when points were needed. He forced two dropouts before Greg Bird went close and Beau Falloon scooted over for the score.
Following their first penalty of the half, Brisbane again went through the quick hands to Josh Hoffman who scored a try himself after providing one for Wallace. Prince swung the conversion too much and sent a tense derby to halftime 12-10 to the home side.
The game opened up in the second stanza with Brisbane dominating the field position. They converted this into points in the 47th minute when Matt Gillett strolled over, giving the Broncos the lead.
Two tries in five minutes in the final ten put the contest to bed as Justin Hodges was the beneficiary from the second man play. Andrew McCullough struggled his way over to make the scoreline 26-12 and give Brisbane their second win for 2013.
McCullough would help to put the cherry on top when he gave Nick Slyney the easy pass to dive over for a try beneficial for the traveling supporters.
Gold Coast will be sweating on the fitness of halfback Albert Kelly who went off following the McCullough try with a suspected ankle injury.
Gold Coast Titans 12 Brisbane Broncos 32
Venue: Skilled Park
Halftime Score: Titans 12-10
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Matt Gillett
2 points - Justin Hodges
1 point - Albert Kelly
GOLD COAST TITANS (12)
Tries: Albert Kelly, Beau Falloon
Conversions: Greg Bird (2/2)
BRISBANE BRONCOS (32)
Tries: Peter Wallace, Josh Hoffman, Matt Gillett, Justin Hodges, Andrew McCullough, Nick Slyney
Conversions: Scott Prince (4/6)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Interchange: 14. Dave Taylor 15. Luke Bailey 16. Ryan James 17. Beau Falloon 18. Luke O’Dwyer 20. Steve Michaels
Broncos: 1. Corey Norman 2. Josh Hoffman 3. Jack Reed 4. Justin Hodges 5. Lachlan Maranta 6. Scott Prince 7. Peter Wallace 8. Ben Hannant 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Sam Thaiday (c) 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Corey Parker
Interchange: 14. Ben Hunt 15. Dunamis Lui 16. David Hala 17. Scott Anderson 18. Nick Slyney 19. Jordan Kahu 20. Jarrod Wallace
BRI: Only one change for them, Scott Anderson starts in #17 with Nick Slyney on the bench in #18.
That was some top draw stuff. Albert Kelly sliced through the Broncos defense and opts to chip for himself, regathers and gets the four pointer. In Sezer's absence, Bird converts.
Scored by Albert Kelly. Conversion attempt by Greg Bird successful.
Gold Coast Titans 6-0
Scored by Peter Wallace. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! A weaving run from Greg Bird goes close. From close range, Falloon ducks under everyone to get the Titans second. Bird from right in front, splits the uprights.
Scored by Beau Falloon. Conversion attempt by Greg Bird successful.
Gold Coast Titans 12-6
Broncos get some momentum following a good run from Wallace. Next tackle, quick hands finds Hoffman who crosses in the corner. Scott Prince with the toughest kick of the night thus far, hooks it too much. No goal.
Scored by Josh Hoffman. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince unsuccessful.
Gold Coast Titans 12-10
Good set play Broncos. Prince holds the ball up enough for Gillett to run onto, TRY. Prince from a reasonable position, converts.
Scored by Matt Gillett. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Brisbane Broncos 16-12
Scored by Justin Hodges. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince unsuccessful.
Brisbane Broncos 20-12
Brisbane have made them pay for the error. McCullough goes himself and eventually squirms over. Prince with the conversion, converts.
Scored by Andrew McCullough. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Brisbane Broncos 26-12