BRISBANE 16 (C Oates 2 tries B Hunt 4 goals) bt WESTS TIGERS 14 (L Brooks B Thompson tries P Richards 3 goals) at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Referee: Gavin Badger, Gavin Reynolds. Crowd: 16,511.
Great finish to what was otherwise a scrappy game. The Tigers will drop out of the top 8 for the first time this season if Souths beat the Sharks on Monday night.
The Tigers came up with nothing in their last few tackles, and not much in their last few sets. Courageous win by the Broncos though. They've got a great record this year in the final 20 minutes of games.
77th min: Penalty Broncos. Ben Hunt makes the line break and passes to Copley, and Richards grabs Maranta, who's in support, without the ball. Hunt knocks over the penalty.
Broncos 16 Tigers 14
Andrew McCullough gets collected high. It's more of a head clash. His nose looks a mess, but he's OK. Brooks back for the Tigers. Very quick concussion test!
Official crowd is 16,511. Rugby league is alive and kicking in the west.
Brooks taken from the field for a concussion test. Could be telling. He's been their spark tonight.
67th min: Scores level. Play-the-ball penalty to the Tigers, just their fourth penalty of the night, and Richards bangs it over.
Tigers 14 Broncos 14
63rd min: But the Tigers don't hang onto the lead for long. Broncos try. Oates grabs his second try after Maranta flies above everyone, hauls in a bomb, pops a pass out the back to Oates and he goes over untouched. Hunt converts. Great finish shaping up here.
Broncos 14 Tigers 12
Tricky customer Joel Luani gets a pass away for Wests against the Broncos. Photo: Getty Images
58th min: And on the back of it the Tigers take the lead. Brooks grubbers through, it's deflected and Thompson picks up the crumbs to score. And it's Brooks again that makes something happen. Richards converts.
Tigers 12 Broncos 8
The Broncos force a drop out, the Tigers are under the pump and Richards has produced another amazing drop out that the Broncs can't handle. Tigers get a turnover and they're on the attack.
Top 100 Origin players' favourite moments (Nos 1 to 25)
1. Wally Lewis (Qld)
BEST MEMORY: After losing Allan Langer, Mal Meninga, Paul Vautin, Bob Lindner and Michael Hancock to broken bones or dislocations during game two of the 1989 series, the Queensland team received a standing ovation from the Sydney crowd for their 16-12 win. I told my players to stop and enjoy it - it would never happen again.
FAVOURITE MOMENT: The famous 80-metre last-minute try that sealed victory for the Maroons in game one, 1994, at the SFS is impossible to match - but for me, the presence of Arthur Beetson in the inaugural Origin game in 1980 set the scene for interstate rivalry to regain its appeal. Photo: Getty Images
Top 100 Origin players' favourite moments (Nos 26 to 50)
26. Andrew Johns (NSW)
It's hard to go past the very first thing that made Origin and what Arthur Beetson did to Mick Cronin. If that didn't take place, maybe it wouldn?t be as big as it is now. We owe a lot to Arthur. FAVOURITE MOMENT:Winning the opening game at the new Suncorp Stadium in 2003 ? that was pretty big. There was just a huge build-up, so to win the first game at the new Suncorp was pretty special. Photo: Craig Golding
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These games without the Origin stars at this time of year lack something - class. Neither side looks like tearing the other apart. It's been willing, but there's been plenty of errors. 25 mins to go. Broncos 8 Tigers 6.
Wests Tigers winger Pat Richards is sandwiched by the Brisbane defence. Photo: Getty Images
Todd Lowrie has collected Bodene Thompson high and Lowrie's on report. Didn't look too much in it. Brisbane 8 Tigers 6.
And Barba returns the favour after a great Richards kick-off. Broncos drop out and the Tigers are back on the attack.
45th min: And the Tigers knock it on from the kick-off! Great way to undo the good work. The Broncos get a penalty in the subsequent set and Hunt knocks it over.
Broncos 8 Tigers 6
42nd min: Try Tigers. Luke Brooks has scored the "goal" of the season. I hope Ange Postecoglou is watching. It might not be too late to get him on the plane to Brazil. Brooks grubbers through, it's deflected, he kicks it through again, it's deflected again, he tows it through again and beats the cover to score just before the dead-ball line. Great try. Richards converts.
Tigers 6 Broncos 6
The Broncos made 9 errors in the first half, so they're lucky to be in front. And the Tigers had 10 offloads, so if they can hang onto the ball, they've probably got some points in them. Probably.
The Tigers mount one final attacking raid after the half-time siren from a scrum win, but the Broncos hang on - again. That's pretty much been the story of the half. The Tigers have looked good when they've held onto the ball, but that hasn't been often enough.
Broncos 6 Tigers 0
Tim Simona grounds a Broncos grubber in goal. And the Broncos are mounting some pressure as half-time approaches.
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The Broncos are getting a great run with the penalties - it's 5-blot so far. The Tigers just can't maintain pressure as a result.
28th min: Richards goes close again. He nearly pulls in an intercept as the Broncos try to clear their line, but he knocks on.
The Tigers are denied by some desperate Brisbane defence. Pat Richards picks up a loose ball and runs 50 metres, fending off various Broncos as he goes. Eventually he's pushed into the corner.
27 mins gone and it's 6-0 Broncos, but the Tigers are looking dangerous.
Curtis Sironen made a very good comeback for the Tigers in the NSW Cup earlier in the day, scoring a try with his first touch.
19th min: The Tigers are mounting some good pressure, but the Broncos, as has been their way this season, are hanging on. The Broncos are made of pretty stern stuff in 2014. It's still 6-0 Broncos.
Barba appears to be fine. He's bouncing around now.
The Tigers forwards are starting to make some good metres.
It's still 6-0 Broncos.
Ben Barba takes a bomb from the Tigers and comes up grabbing his hammy. We'll keep an eye on him. The Tigers, after a scrappy start, are working their way into this.
Referee Gavin Reynolds is wearing a camera on his head tonight, which should make for some interesting vision.
7th min: The Broncos are in. Corey Oates hits a ball from Ben Hunt and Oates strolls through some ordinary Tigers defence. Hunt converts.
Broncos 6 Tigers 0
Great to see a packed ctown — Brad Fittler (@BradFittler) May 24, 2014
The Broncos have butchered a try in just the third minute. David Nofoaluma comes across in cover and Daniel Vidot loses the ball in the tackle with the try line wide open.
The Tigers fail to get a kick in at the end of their first set. Not a great way to start
Last time the Tigers played at Campbelltown chief executive Grant Mayer said if the fans don't show up tonight the club won't be taking any more matches out to Sydney's west.
Which would make them the Inner-wests Tigers.
Fortunately there is a healthy crowd on hand tonight. Great work by the locals.
Kick-off is not far away
Welcome to tonight's coverage of the Wests Tigers v the Brisbane Broncos from Campbelltown.
Both teams have a host of players out, on Origin duty and with injury, but possibly the most important is Robbie Farah. The Tigers don't often win without him, so they'll be up against it again tonight.
The Broncos have also won 17 of the 22 clashes between these sides and the bookies have them pretty strong favourites.
WESTS TIGERS v BRISBANE BRONCOS at Campbelltown Stadium, Saturday, 7.30pm
Last meeting: Round 14 2013 - Broncos 32 bt Tigers 12 at Suncorp Stadium
Head-to-head: Tigers 4 Broncos 17 Drawn 1
TV: Live, FoxSports 1
Ladbrokes: Tigers $2.15 Broncos $1.75
Betfair: Tigers $2.16 Broncos $1.84
Michael Chammas writes: The Tigers are without Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods but the Broncos are missing four of their best players. The Broncos have plenty of depth in the forwards so if the Tigers big men can match them through the middle they will win the contest.
Tip: Tigers by 4
AAP writes: Both teams have lost key players to Origin call-ups with Justin Hodges, Matt Gillett and Corey Parker missing for the Broncos while Tigers pair Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah are in the NSW squad. Both teams returned to the winner's circle last weekend after suffering back-to-back losses, the Broncos overcoming Gold Coast while the Tigers edged past Cronulla. Sam Thaiday remains sidelined for the Broncos with big boppers Ben Hannant and Martin Kennedy coming back into the squad. The Tigers are also missing James Tedesco and Liam Fulton for the trip to Sydney's south-west.
Key: The battle of the respective halfbacks looks crucial with Ben Hunt at the heart of everything for the Broncos while young gun Luke Brooks played a role in three Tigers' tries against the Sharks.
TIGERS: Kurtis Rowe, David Nofoaluma, Tim Simona, Chris Lawrence, Pat Richards, Braith Anasta (capt), Luke Brooks, Martin Taupau, Joel Luani, Keith Galloway, Sitaleki Akauola, Bodene Thompson, Adam Blair. Interchange: Sauaso Sue, Ava Seumanufagai, Blake Austin, Keith Lulia.
BRONCOS: Ben Barba, Daniel Vidot, Jack Reed, Dale Copley, Lachlan Maranta, Josh Hoffman, Ben Hunt, Josh McGuire, Andrew McCullough, Jarrod Wallace, Alex Glenn (capt), Corey Oates, Todd Lowrie. Interchange: David Hala, Ben Hannant, David Stagg, Jake Granville, Martin Kennedy, Jordan Kahu (two to be omitted).
Referees: Gavin Badger, Gavin Reynolds.