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Brisbane Broncos gate-crash Wests Tigers' Campbelltown party

Wests Tigers 14 Brisbane 16

Broncos winger Corey Oates diver over to score against Wests.

Broncos winger Corey Oates diver over to score against Wests. Photo: Getty Images

As it happened: Tigers v Broncos

The baby Broncos gatecrashed the biggest party at Campbelltown in three years after a controversial penalty goal to Ben Hunt gave the visitors a two point victory on Saturday Night.

While the Tigers faithful, all 16,511 of them, took a giant step towards clearing the murky future of Campbelltown Stadium, it was little consolation as the Broncos prevailed in a nail-biter.

Brisbane's Alex Glenn tries to break clear of the Tigers' defence.

Brisbane's Alex Glenn tries to break clear of the Tigers' defence. Photo: Getty Images

Time
80.00
Team
WES
Score
14
Team
BRI
Score
16
Wests Tigers versus Brisbane
View Match Statistics
Players Brooks, Thompson Tries 2 Tries 2 Players Oates(2)
Players Richards 2/2 (100%) Conversions 2 Conversions 2 Players Hunt 2/2 (100%)
Players Richards 1/1 (100%) Penalty goals 1 Penalty goals 2 Players Hunt 2/2 (100%)
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players

A decision to penalise Pat Richards for taking out Maranta off the ball was a dubious call, but it provided Hunt with the opportunity to break the deadlock with a penalty goal 10 metres in from touch.

As the Blues prepare for another shot at Origin redemption, Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks provided another glimpse of the future of the Blues, scoring a try and setting up another with his kicking game.

However the Tigers lost their way when the halfback was forced off in the 70th minute for a concussion test after he was collected by an accidental knee from a Brisbane defender.

It was the largest crowd at Campbelltown in three years, when 19,252 piled in for a clash against the Bulldogs in 2011.

After the dismal crowd of 6456 against the Cowboys in round five, the future of Campbelltown as a home ground for the Tigers was put under the spotlight. Chief executive Grant Mayer didn't hide his disappointment over the result but was delighted with the response to the challenge from the Campbelltown faithful. 

"In many regards it was a gamble from the club and myself to come out and be so vocal regarding the last crowd but the club and the players and everyone were genuinely disappointed by the last attendance," Mayer said.

"Today the Wests Tigers faithful have come out and shown their true love and support for the game. Campbelltown Stadium is unbelievable when we've got 16,500 people in it. We're over the moon. The fans have come out and they've spoken. It shows to me there's a strong future here. The game is well and truly alive and we'll continue to try and grow our presence in the area. I've said it for a number of months now, we've got to do more than we have been doing in the community. In regards to the future of football games, that will be a decision made on a game by game basis, but we've committed to the next three seasons beyond this at least."

It was a flat pass from Hunt to Corey Oates in the sixth minute that paved the way for the first points of the game, with Oates bursting through a hole to give his side a 6-0 lead. The Tigers found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-1 first half penalty count and completed 13 of 19 sets, limiting their opportunity to peg back the early deficit.

A Brooks grubber ricocheted off Ben Hunt, Ben Barba and off his own legs twice before the halfback dived on the ball just before the dead-ball line.

A mistake from the ensuing set from the Tigers allowed the Broncos to take a gift two points from a penalty that followed, but a Pat Richards kick-off enabled the Tigers to trap Barba inside his own in-goal area.

Midway through the second half another Brooks grubber led to points, with Bodene Thompson pouncing on the deft touch to give the Tigers a 12-8 lead. That lead was shortlived, with Oates grabbing his second from a Lachlan Maranta tap back off a Hunt cross-field kick, giving the Broncos a two-point buffer with 16 minutes remaining.

A 43-metre penalty goal from Richards squared the ledger heading into the final 13 minutes of the game, but the Tigers were dealt a major setback when Brooks was forced to come from the field in the 70th minute for a concussion test.

9 comments so far

  • Good to see the young broncos get the 2 away points.

    Commenter
    Viti
    Date and time
    May 24, 2014, 10:08PM
    • On the back of flood of bullshit penalties and blatant offside play. Yeah, great win

      Commenter
      curaeus
      Date and time
      May 24, 2014, 11:55PM
  • The tigers fought them and fought them, but in the end they just couldn't keep the referees from getting their way.

    Commenter
    Austio
    Date and time
    May 24, 2014, 10:09PM
    • I've said it before and I'll say it again..the number of times I've watched the more fancied team get the golden late decisions go their way is simply astounding especially if they points behind Some teams are not meant to cause upsets.

      Commenter
      Mike
      Location
      Sydneyo their
      Date and time
      May 24, 2014, 11:05PM
      • Umm ...weren't the Tigers were favourites on the TAB

        Commenter
        $$$ out
        Location
        lost and found
        Date and time
        May 24, 2014, 11:49PM
      • Umm ... why did the Tiges get 2.5 start on Footy TAB if they were favourites?

        Commenter
        Parto
        Location
        Wild West
        Date and time
        May 25, 2014, 7:16PM
    • Bottom line...don't tackle a player without the ball.

      Commenter
      Dr Gallop
      Location
      Bondi Kebab Shop
      Date and time
      May 25, 2014, 10:05AM
      • Were you there? I was. Didn't happen! These Bronco germs stood offside all night-sometimes a metre or more in front of the referee and the incompetent bastards did nothing. Brisbane are still a protected species like Melbourne and the Roosters

        Commenter
        curaeus
        Date and time
        May 25, 2014, 12:32PM
      • I was there and I thought the Broncos got all the bad calls...all night...especially Maranta's knock on. But as usual the cream rises to the top.

        Commenter
        Dr Gallop
        Location
        Bondi Kebab Shop Inc.
        Date and time
        May 25, 2014, 4:27PM

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