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A hard fought battle at ANZ Stadium in Brisbane has seen the home team go down to the visitors by 32-12.
A tentative start by both sides showing the respect they have for each other. NZ Warriors managing to get the upperhand early with two tries to Meli, putting them out to a 10-0 lead. A lot of forced pressure by both sides, leading to mistakes, a very tough match.
The half time break saw the Warriors with a four point lead, with their forwards looking very tired, and ready for a rest.
Meli (Warriors), ready for action flying down the sideline in the 1st minute of the second half, set up Marsh sprinting in support.
The Warriors never gave up their lead, though had a few testing moments when the Broncos, as always, looked dangerous on attack. A superb last 15 minutes by the visitors saw the game finally sealed, in emphatic style, with ad lib play that had the Broncos players stretched to the limit.
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3. F Meli (Warriors) 2. PJ Marsh (Warriors) 1. J Seu Seu (Warriors)
Scorers: Broncos: 12
Tries: De Vere x2 Goals: De Vere (2/2) defeated by
Tries: Meli x2, Marsh, Swann, Faumuina, Tuimavave Goals: Marsh (3/6), Tuimavave (1/1)
By the clock:
Hot sunny day in Brisbane for this clash between two of the top teams.
8th min: Two times close to their line and the Warriors come up with two knock ons. A huge Warriors chant goes up around the stadium
12th min: TRY - Meli for Warriors. Beautiful kick to the side by Jones. Meli goes high above Kelly and scores the try. Marsh, with a tough kick from the sideline, just pushes it to the left of the posts. Warriors 4-0
19th min: TRY - Meli for Warriors. Tate (Broncos) running across the field, tried to link up with Kelly. Meli tapped the ball on the pass, regathered and scored. Marsh, 15 metres in, gets the conversion. Warriors 10-0
21st min: NEWS - Missed opportunity by the Broncos after great run around play. Tallis ran the gap, but De Vere just had his foot in touch. Gee (Broncos) goes high on Faumuina and is put on report
29 min: TRY - De Vere for Broncos. Great forward play by the Broncos, offloading and run arounds to get De Vere across the line. De Vere gets the conversion from 15 metres in from touch. Warriors 10-6
34th min: NEWS - Seymour (Broncos) unlikely to play with a dislocated finger still not set. Betham (Warriors) off the field also with a suspected broken nose
HALF TIME: Mistakes by both sides under pressure have let the defending team off. Tired players ready for the break. Warriors with a 4 point lead
41st min: TRY - Marsh for Warriors. A shrugged off tackle by Toopi set Meli up for a 30 metre sprint up the sideline only to have Marsh there in support. Marsh missing the conversion. Warriors 14-6
44th min: NEWS - Seymour (Broncos) heading off to hospital to have his troubled finger seen to. He will not take part in the match obviously
49th min: TRY - De Vere for Broncos. Great run on the blind side by Swain playing in 150th first grade match, puts De Vere into the hole. The conversion slotted by De Vere. Warriors 14-12
52nd min: TRY - Swann for Warriors. Hohaia swinging the ball in to a bursting Palea'asina to set up the ball close to the line. Swann on the next tackle, juggles the ball, spins and scores. Marsh misses yet another conversion. Warriors 18-12
60th min: A see sawing battle by both sides, with possession swinging from one side to the other. A game which could go either way
63rd min: NEWS - Civoniceva (Broncos) on report for a high shot on Toopi. The video ref sending the message down to Hayne
65th min: PENALTY GOAL - Marsh for Warriors. Following a mistake by the Broncos, Marsh from 35 metres out in front, boosts his convidence by slotting the goal. Warriors 20-12
70th min: TRY - Faumuina for Warriors. Meli falls on the loose ball, Toopi with his best run of the day, sets up the young guy to score the try. Marsh, 15 metres out, gets the conversion. Warriors 26-12
79th min: TRY - Tuimavave for Warriors. Flamboyant play by the Warriors to spread the Broncos defence, and set the young Warrior up for his 1st try of his career in first grade. To cap it off, Tuimavave kicks the conversion from out in front. Warriors 32-12
FULL TIME: A fine finish by the Warriors to seal the win at ANZ