Warriors smash baby Broncos
The Warriors have produced a thrilling attacking display to demolish a lackluster Broncos side, 56 points to 18 in front of 21,259 fans at Suncorp Stadium.
In an entertaining contest to start Winter with thirteen tries recorded. It was the away side who were the fastest off the blocks with Shaun Johnson the maestro in a man of the match performance.
The first fifteen minutes was the Warriors sounding a warning signal of their intent. Manu Vatuvei opened the scoring with a typical finisher's effort and the second, Glen Fisiiahi pounced on a Broncos knock down for an early eight point lead.
Brisbane stemmed the tide of possession and once in position clawed their way back to level pegging. Josh Hoffman with a turn of pace for his try giving them some momentum along with Prince slotting a penalty goal to leave it at 8 all.
As the clock ticked over for the half hour, the Warriors onslaught on the Broncos line begun. Shaun Johnson dancing across field before finding Hurrell to steam over for a try and was a visual illustration for what the Warriors were about to do.
Some vintage football from the kiwi side allowed Thomas Leuluai to stroll in his first try, doubling the effort in the 38th minute after being in the right place from a Kevin Locke grubber. Shaun Johnson added a penalty goal on the whistle for a 26 point to 8 scoreline at the break.
The flood of tries continued almost immediately from the resumption. Feleti showing a touch that shows he is as deft with his feet as his hands sending Vatuvei away for his second of the evening.
Party time had begun for the fans as Konrad Hurrell finished a simple catch and pass try. The lead-up work from Johnson and Leuluai was outstanding and put the Broncos on the back foot. The effort of the forwards to bend the Broncos line, gave Russell Packer a platform to steamroll two defenders for his own try.
An error from Nathan Friend gave the Broncos a brief respite in defending their line. They responded with two tries in as many minutes for Glenn and Prince to give the 21,259 fans in attendance some belief of a comeback.
Glen Fisiiahi put paid to these thoughts with an intercept try from an errant tap-on from Corey Norman. Kevin Locke put the cherry on top with a final try and a final scoreline of 56 points to 18 and two straight wins for the Warriors.
Next week the Broncos take part in Monday night footy for a second week when they face the Canberra Raiders in the Nation's Capital. The Warriors head home to face Manly, where they'll look to make it three straight wins against a competition heavyweight.
Brisbane Broncos 18 New Zealand Warriors 56
Venue: Lang Park
Halftime Score: New Zealand Warriors 26-8
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Shaun Johnson
2 points - Feleti Mateo
1 point - Manu Vatuvei
BRISBANE BRONCOS (18)
Tries: Josh Hoffman, Scott Prince, Alex Glenn
Conversions: Scott Prince (2/3)
Penalty Goals: Scott Prince (1/1)
NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (56)
Tries: Manu Vatuvei (2), Glen Fisiiahi (2), Konrad Hurrell (2), Thomas Leuluai (2), Russell Packer, Kevin Locke
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (7/10)
Penalty Goals: Shaun Johnson (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Broncos: 1. Corey Norman 19. Aaron Whitchurch 20. Jack Reed 3. Josh Hoffman 4. Jordan Kahu 6. Scott Prince 14. Ben Hunt 8. Josh McGuire 7. Peter Wallace 10. Scott Anderson 11. Alex Glenn 9. Andrew McCullough 15. Mitchell Dodds
Interchange: 12. Nick Slyney 13. Dunamis Lui 16. David Hala 17. Jarrod Wallace
Warriors: 1. Kevin Locke 2. Glen Fisiiahi 3. Dane Nielsen 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. Manu Vatuvei 6. Thomas Leuluai 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Sam Rapira 9. Nathan Friend 10. Russell Packer 11. Feleti Mateo 12. Simon Mannering (C) 13. Elijah Taylor
Interchange: 14. Ben Matulino 15. Jacob Lillyman 16. Sebastine Ikahihifo 18. Dominique Peyroux
BIG team changes ahead of this one for the hosts.
OUT for Brisbane are Lachlan Maranta, Denan Kemp & Jake Granville. IN are Aaron Whitchurch & Jack Reed, with a slew of positional changes. Jordan Kahu will play on the wing, Ben Hunt moves to halfback with Peter Wallace at hooker and Andrew McCullough shifting to the second row. Mitchell Dodds will start at lock, while Nick Slyney and Dunamis Lui will drop to the bench.
In contrast just one change for the visiting New Zealanders - Pita Godinet drops off a five man bench to be replaced by Dominique Peyroux.
Both teams have made their way onto Suncorp Stadium for the last of this truncated round of matches. Brisbane head to the north end of the stadium awaiting kick-off,.
1 min: Warriors kick-off and here we go! Monday Night Football is underway.
2 min: Dueling bombs to end both sets but the Warriors get a result, forcing a Norman knock on. They will have a whole set at the Broncos line.
6 min: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Manu Vatuvei. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson unsuccessful.
Warriors going the straight ahead route with this set, two forwards set it up. Next they shift it left to Locke who draws his man before floating a pass to Vatuvei to plant the ball. Johnson from the sideline pushes it slightly too wide.
New Zealand Warriors 4-0
8 min: PENALTY Brisbane - They were holding him down like the punch button on an arcade game game and were pinged.
10 min: PENALTY Warriors - Brisbane were guilty this time and Johnson put it deep into Brisbane's attacking 20.
VIDEO REFEREE: Going upstairs - to check how the ball got to the try line from a Shaun Johnson pass. It must be definitive to goes against the TRY call.
15 min: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Glen Fisiiahi. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson unsuccessful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Shaun Johnson glides across the field from two offloads sending a last ditch offload that is knocked down for Fisiiahi to pounce for the TRY. Johnson with another tough assignment, misses.
New Zealand Warriors 8-0
16 min: Elijah Taylor tries to throw a pass from the top draw when composure was needed. He knocks it on right in the middle of the field.
18 min: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Josh Hoffman. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Some lovely catch and pass play from the Broncos found Hoffman in space, one dummy and he slices through for the TRY. Scott Prince glides it over.
New Zealand Warriors 8-6
19 min: Sam Rapira tries to dip in his hand in from the ruck but he can't do that. PENALTY Broncos.
20 min: Now it's back to back PENALTIES for the home side. Nathan Friend the culprit there, holding down too long.
21 min: Ben Hunt tries to kick and pass at the same time only succeeding in knocking on the ball. Warriors will work it out from their own end.
23 min: That was a lazy attempt to wrap up the kicker from Mateo and it is pinged for a PENALTY. Brisbane opt for the penalty goal.
25 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL BRISBANE BRONCOS
Penalty goal attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Prince calmly pilots the kick through for a level scoreline.
27 min: No verbose explanation needed from the officials, the Broncos were all offside thus PENALTY.
There has been a theme of PENALTIES leading to tries tonight. The Warriors have added to this, Shaun Johnson who msut have spiders on him tonight, slides across to give Hurrell an inside ball, to drive over for the try. Johnson misses the kick.
New Zealand Warriors 12-8
33 min: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Thomas Leuluai. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.
That was some vintage Warriors work. Feleti Mateo on last, chips for himself, regathers basketballs it to Vatuvei who shoots it back to Leuluai who plants it down. Shaun Johnson splits the uprights for his first success of the night.
New Zealand Warriors 18-8
38 min: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Thomas Leuluai. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.
Kevin Locke busted through the Broncos after some nice set up work from Johnson. He kicks through for himself, Whitchurch comes up with goose egg and Locke gives Leuluai a simple brace. Besides the upright, Johnson slams it through.
New Zealand Warriors 24-8
40 min: PENALTY Warriors. Elijah Taylor taken high. One more set for the Warriors before the break.
40 min: Johnson instead looks to the goalposts for a penalty goal.
40 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Penalty goal attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.
He slams it through. Two more points for the Warriors. HALFTIME.
New Zealand Warriors 26-8
41 min: A muted reception for the Broncos in the second half, as they prepare to kick-off! Peter Wallace puts boot to ball and we are back underway.
42 min: PENALTY within the first two minutes. Warriors were too slow getting off the attacker.
45 min: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Manu Vatuvei. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.
Mateo showing he can use his feet just as well, deflecting a kick into his path finding Vatuvei who shows a clean pair of heels to score. Johnson slams it through from in front.
New Zealand Warriors 32-8
48 min: The Warriors are just streaming through the Broncos every set and they almost sent Vatuvei away down the left but he's held up.
51 min: Some lovely defence from the Warriors after a Jack Reed break. They held firm on last to force the turnover.
VIDEO REFEREE: Going upstairs for the grounding on a Hurrell try.
54 min: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Konrad Hurrell. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! It is party time for the Warriors here. Shaun Johnson finding an offload that flummoxes the Broncos defense allowing Leuluai to stride through and almost send Johnson in. Next tackle, simple catch and pass for Hurrell to make it a double. From the sideline, slides it inside the upright.
New Zealand Warriors 38-8
55 min: Some jarring defense from Hurrel forced the error from Alex Glenn. A nasty head clash though, has Hurrell receiving treatment.
57 min: PENALTY Warriors. Five metres out and they are attacking the Broncos line again.
59 min: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Russell Packer. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.
Russell Packer from a simple pass from Friend, got a head of steam up and just steamrolled over the Broncos defenders to score. Shaun Johnson adds the easy two.
New Zealand Warriors 44-8
60 min: Forward pass and knock on from Nathan Friend, take your pick here.
62 min: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Alex Glenn. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
A PENALTY preceeds points once again. David Hala goes close and offloads, giving Glenn a simple run to the tryline. Scott Prince converts with an assist from the upright.
New Zealand Warriors 44-14
64 min: Warriors try to spark another attacking raid but it is dropped by Ikahahifo.
67 min: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Scott Prince. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince unsuccessful.
Two tries in two minutes! Surely they can't comeback from here? A nice crossfield kick from Wallace finds Reed who gives the easy tap back to Prince to score. Scott Prince from wide out, needs to convert all these to keep the comback going but he misses.
New Zealand Warriors 44-18
69 min: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Glen Fisiiahi. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.
Raise the bat, there is the half century! Corey Norman tries the quick bat to his centre but only finds Fisiiahi who strides the required length to add his name to the list of doubles tonight. Johnson confirms the fifty with his conversion.
New Zealand Warriors 50-18
72 min: PENALTY for a dangerous tackle by the Broncos. More defence coming for the gutted Broncos.
75 min: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Kevin Locke. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.
This match has been under lock and key for a while but the Warriors want to arrest their negative F/A. They kept it alive until they found a runner and it was Locke who slid in for the tenth Warriors try. Shaun Johnson adds two more.
New Zealand Warriors 56-18
76 min: PENALTY, holding down too long. Warriors might bring up the sixty.
77 min: Almost! The sixty would have been up but for a forward pass by Friend. Broncos scrum.
78 min: Broncos haven't put the cue in the rack yet. Corey Norman tries a chip kick but he spills it trying to take the return ball. Knock on. Scrum Warriors.
79 min: Warriors were trying to pass their way to the tryline and were denied by the Broncos who will have the final set here.
80 min: FULLTIME. It has been a demolition at Suncorp tonight.