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Tigers snatch victory from jaws of defeat away from home
A late Mitch Brown try sealed a dramatice 16-14 victory for the Tigers at Suncorp Stadium tonight in front of 30,127 fans.
The Tigers couldn't have started the game off any better, with the kick-off from the Broncos going dead, allowing a cheap penalty. In the first set, Chris Lawrence powered his way through some flimsy defence to score their first try.
It was downhill from there for the Tigers, with nethier side able to hold onto the ball for long without making a mistake.
Brisbane punished the Tigers for their mistakes when Peter Wallace held the ball up long enough for Ben Te'o to storm onto the ball and level the scores.
An opportunistic kick return from Robbie Farah who offloaded for Benji Marshall to streak away for another Tigers try. He kicked it over the black dot to make it 12-6 getting close to halftime.
Brisbane got a penalty with no time left on the clock and took a penalty goal making the scoreline 12-8 at halftime.
Brisbane came out the better of the two sides in the second half, dominating possession and peppering the Tigers backline with high bombs. This brought them a try in the 52nd minute, when Antonio Winterstein leaped and forced Fitzhenry to drop the ball, allowing Gerard Beale to score.
Corey Parker slotted the conversion, with the scoreline being 14-12.
The Broncos had many opportunities to kill off the Tigers but couldn't deliver the final blow. It would be the Wests Tigers after several repeat sets on the Broncos line, with a kick out to the wing of Mitch Brown to win the game, even a short kick couldn't deny the Tigers a dramatic 16-14 victory.
Brisbane Broncos 14 were defeated by Wests Tigers 16
National Rugby League - NRL - Round 17 - Friday July 2, 2010 7:35pm
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Referee: Matt Cecchin and Ben Cummins
Video Referee: Sean Hampstead
Touch Judges: Ricky McFarlane and Jeff Younis
Halftime: Brisbane Broncos 8 Wests Tigers 12
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Ben Te'o (1 Try)
2 Points - Corey Parker (2 Conversions, 1 Penalty Goal)
1 Point - Benji Marshall (1 Try, 2 Conversions)
Brisbane Broncos (14)
Tries: Ben Te'o, Gerard Beale
Conversions: Corey Parker (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Corey Parker (1/1)
Wests Tigers (16)
Tries: Benji Marshall, Mitch Brown, Chris Lawrence
Conversions: Benji Marshall (2/3)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Welcome to the only Friday night football game tonight between the Brisbane Broncos and the West Tigers.
Earlier tonight in the Toyota Cup, the West Tigers won a close contest 20 points to 16 and will be hoping to repeat the dose in first grade.
Brisbane Broncos - One change for Brisbane with Lagi Setu out after a training mishap. Gerald Beale goes into the centres in jumper 18, shifting Ben Te'o out to the second row.
West Tigers - The Tigers have shuffled their backline, with Geoff Daniela shifting to the right centre and Daniel Fitzhenry going from the half to the wing, Chris Lawrence will be the new five-eighth.
1 min: The Broncos get tonights game underway and kick out on the full.
3 min: TRY
Wests Tigers are over within the first set, Chris Lawrence the stand in five-eighth dummies and goes over. Benji pilots it between the sticks to convert.
Wests Tigers 6-0
4 min: First penalty of the night will go to Brisbane, for the Tigers defenders working the Bronco too long.
5 min: Brisbane get a repeat set after the Tigers fumble it back into their own in-goal for a dropout.
7 min: The Tigers get some luck with a repeat set off a horrible mid-field bomb from Marshall, which is dropped by the Broncos.
9 min: Some enterprising work on last gives Brisbane another repeat set from Fitzhenry knocking it dead.
10 min: Wests put further pressure on their own line, with a penalty for a strip.
14 min: A bad error from dummy-half, with Daniel Fitzhenry throwing it forward to his forward.
15 min: A diabolical set of six is curtailed after Norman gets mixed up with one of his own players.
16 min: It's been an error fest in the last few minutes, this time Chris Heinington dropping one 4 metres from his line.
19 min: TRY
Peter Wallace holds up the ball just long enough for Ben Te'o to run onto it and just smash through the line and score. Parker has no problems with the conversion, making the score all level.
20 min: Brisbane continue to have troubles with the kick-off letting this one bounce and go into touch. Tigers get the scrum feed.
20 min: Benji Marshall tries a trademark run off the scrum but the Broncos players converge and toss him over the sideline making up for the kick-off error.
24 min: Liam Fulton is lurking between Peter Wallace and another bronco when they try the inside ball and intercepts it to defuse the situation for the Tigers.
26 min: Jharal Yow Yeh puts a nice shot on Wade McKinnon leaving him worse for wear, meanwhile the Tigers again fail to complete their set, dropping it on last.
28 min: Bryce Gibbs isn't square and penalised just offering Brisbane more territory.
29 min: Fresh on the field Josh McGuire doesn't play the ball properly and the referees see it, ordering a scrum.
30 min: Wests are their own worst enemy, another dropped ball in their own half. This is playing right into Brisbane's hands but they catch the disease and drop it on first through try-scorer Te'o.
31 min: It's becoming like a broken record, Wests fail to finish a set and Te'o sets off downfield but is run down by Tuiqiri.
32 min: Peter Wallace is just controlling the game, he dabs another grubber in and the defence swamps on the poor fella catching the ball and drive him into the in-goal for another repeat set.
35 min: TRY
Corey Norman tries to pilot it in-goal but kicks it straight to Farah who offloads to Marshall who streaks away to score. He has no problem converting his own try either.
Wests Tigers 12-6
39 min: Jharal Yow Yeh leaps high and almost takes the ball but it goes forward, Wests get let off the hook until they drop it themselves within their own 20.
40 min: A penalty right on the buzzer for Brisbane and they have elected for the penalty kick.
40 min: PENALTY GOAL
Parker kicks it and it's halftime.
Wests Tigers 12-8
Both teams have been guilty of dropping too much football after a good start. Wests have only completed half their sets while Brisbane isn't much better, things would hope to improve ten-fold after the break.
Tigers 12-8 at Halftime.
41 min: Marshall gets the second half going.
41 min: Peter Wallace tries to do it all by his self and knocks it on fourth tackle.
43 min: Galloway almost has a try but he throws it backwards and it goes safely into Bronco hands.
48 min: Brisbane cop a rough six again call from a chargedown which hits a Bronco's head but Wests can't capitalize throwing a forward pass.
50 min: Gerald Beale might have a try here, just checking with the video referee.
52 min: TRY
Antonio Winterstein leaps high and forces a fumble from Daniel Fitzhenry allowing Gerard Beale to scoop up the scraps and score. Corey Parker kicks it straight over the black dot.
Brisbane Broncos 14-12
53 min: Benji Marshall tries to create something for himself but the bounce allows the Broncos to swarm on him, forcing a pass backwards straight into Bronco hands.
54 min: Brisbane are utilising the bomb to good effect but this time Winterstein almost grabs the ball but he drops it. Wests Tigers play the ball.
57 min: Brisbane have upped the energy now and get their rewards with a penalty.
58 min: Todd Payten saves the day with a try-saving tackle on Ben Hunt after a wicked bounce off the goal posts.
64 min: Ben Hunt almost scores after slicing through the Tigers defence but Matt Gillett drops it on last going down the blindside.
66 min: Winterstein almost produces a miracle to tap it back but he takes it dead.
68 min: Broncos launch another attack but they lose it, the Tigers hold on barely.
69 min: Simon Dwyer concedes a stupid penalty after holding on Peter Wallace's Jersey on the 50 metre mark.
71 min: Corey Parker goes close but is denied, Brisbane take it from right to left but the Tigers deny them.
72 min: Wests have finally got some ball in the Broncos half with this penalty.
72 min: Tigers have their chance at the line but Fifita drops it 20 metres out.
74 min: Peter Wallace has dropped the ball, allowing the Tigers to attack and they almost score with Winterstein getting there just before but it's a dropout.
75 min: Wests Tigers again can't convert their chances and drop it close to the Broncos line.
76 min: A nice kick through the line for the Tigers have given them one final chance to snatch this game.
77 min: Corey Norman is johnny on the spot, saving the day this time for Brisbane.
80 min: TRY
The Tigers have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. A kick out to the wing of Mitch Brown, who takes it and dives over without any traction to score the match winner. Benji takes an age with the kick and misses.
Wests Tigers 16-14
80 min: Lote Tuiqiri makes a meal of the kick-off, giving Brisbane one final chance. They kick it for Yow Yeh but Tuiqiri is there and seals the win.