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Brisbane Broncos outlast New Zealand Warriors as coach's gamble pays off

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Broncos overcome Warriors

Brisbane Broncos emerge victorious in a clash against against New Zealand, winning 28-22 at Suncorp Stadium.

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As it happened: Broncos v Warriors

Coach Anthony Griffin took a sizeable risk by sacking three Broncos players for drinking while their teammates were slaving away in Origin III.

And the risk paid off spectacularly at Suncorp Stadium, a man shuffled into the centres to replace the dumped Jack Reed scoring two late tries to secure the Broncos’ first win in four matches against the Warriors.

Big Ben: Broncos front-rower Ben Hannant dives over for a rare four-pointer against the Warriors.

Big Ben: Broncos front-rower Ben Hannant dives over for a rare four-pointer against the Warriors. Photo: Getty Images

Time
80.00
Team
BRI
Score
28
Team
NZW
Score
22
Brisbane versus Warriors
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Players Hannant, Hunt, Kahu, Copley(2) Tries 5 Tries 4 Players Mannering, Tomkins, Henry(2)
Players Parker 3/5 (60%) Conversions 3 Conversions 3 Players Johnson 3/4 (75%)
Players Parker 1/1 (100%) Penalty goals 1 Penalty goals 0 Players
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players

Dale Copley, 22, crossed in the 64th and 67th minutes to win Brisbane a match they trailed 12-0 after 10 minutes before 37,082 fans at Suncorp Stadium.

The other dumped players were Corey Oates and Daniel Vidot; their replacements also excelled in a thrill-a-minute 28-22 victory. It was reported before kick-off a senior player had reported the trio for drinking on Origin night a week and a half ago.

Saturday’s result keeps the Broncos in the top eight and interrupts a compelling late-season charge by Andrew McFadden’s Aucklanders. A frantic first half saw the Warriors lead 12-0 after 10 minutes, only to trail 16-12 at halftime.

Struggling over: Ben Henry scores for the Warriors against Brisbane.

Struggling over: Ben Henry scores for the Warriors against Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

 

Captain Simon Mannering  waltzed over in the fourth minute, with Shaun Johnson converting. The portents for the home team were even worse when Ben Barba was penalised for holding back Sam Tomkins soon afterwards with another touchdown by the Aucklanders in the offing.

But the England custodian managed to cross the stripe anyway, diving over from dummy half in the 10th minute after second-rower Ben Henry went so close it must have been tempting to reach out and commit a double movement. It took six minutes for Brisbane to peg one back.

 

Captain Corey Parker offloaded for Ben Hannant to storm over just to the left of the posts, with Parker snaffling an easy conversion.

But the Warriors remained the dominant side. There as a dust-up between Sam Thaiday and Manu Vatuvei when the former lifted the latter’s leg in the 20th minute.

And a Josh Hoffman fumble in the Broncos in-goal should have given Henry a 25th-minute try but he couldn’t quite crawl to the Steeden in time.

Hoffman made up for his error with a superb effort to roll Tomkins onto his back as he crossed for what looked like a certain Warriors four points not long afterwards.

And after Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell was reported for a high tackle in the 27th minute, Brisbane made the most of their opportunities in the run home to the break.

Halfback Ben Hunt threw a dummy and skirted in-field to score to the left of the posts in the 33rd minute and winger Jordan Kahu beat a poor David Fusitua tackle two minutes short of the break to grab the lead for the visitors.

It took the Warriors just three minutes of the second half to level the scores, Henry crossing in broken play after Tomkins regathered a bomb.

The deadlock lasted just four minutes, when Parker landed a penalty goal for 18-16. Vatuvei had to clean up a Barba kick on his own tryline not long afterwards.

At the other end of the field, however, Henry’s exquisite footwork took him past three defenders to cross in the south-western corner. Video referees Steve Chiddy and Steve Folkes discounted an obstruction and Johnson goaled for a 22-18 lead.

It was Copley who delivered a one-two blow to the jugular of the Warriors. He plucked up a loose ball from a Parker off-load and set sail upfield, Tomkins failing in a valiant attempt to bring him down short of the north-western cornerpost.

 

Parker’s missed conversion left the scores tied once more. Side-to-side attack from the hosts resulted in Copley skipping through stretched defence to score, with Parker making it 28-22.

13 comments so far

  • Why wasnt this a sellout? 37k for the Broncos is just above their average. Id expect 45k+ for this clash.

    NRL crowds can be great if the NRL wants them to be, but the current formula focuses on quantity and not quality. Theyre just going thru the motions.

    And a top 8 doesnt help at all. It means you can leave your finals run until the final 5 weeks or so...all the games before that mean less.

    Commenter
    jg
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    July 19, 2014, 10:28PM
    • Brisbane Broncos have highest average crowd attendance 2014.

      Dave Smith would very unimpressed with a 37k crowd and must be dreading the Broncos vs Storm Friday night game 45k plus attendance as well.

      I am sure that plenty of fans attend Canberra games though.

      Commenter
      Leighroy
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      July 20, 2014, 12:26AM
    • Are you kidding.?37k crowd for a club game is so far above the average for all other clubs it like night and day.

      Commenter
      Jacko
      Location
      Warriorville
      Date and time
      July 20, 2014, 10:14AM
    • Its Rugby League.. 37k is huge in that sport so theyd be stoked with a turnout like that for such a small sport

      Commenter
      Drugby Leaguie
      Date and time
      July 20, 2014, 12:55PM
  • No gamble by the coach. The gamble was taken by the players who were eventually suspended. They took a chance and lost. They new what is required from them by the coach and club. Good to see principles being upheld by a football club.

    Commenter
    Watcher
    Location
    Brisbane
    Date and time
    July 19, 2014, 10:34PM
    • Broncs showed only way to stay in a game where everything is running for the other team. Complete your sets, run hard, tackle hard. Pretty good effort to nullify a rampaging Warriors

      Commenter
      BJ
      Date and time
      July 19, 2014, 11:02PM
      • Totally agree BJ.
        After the first few minutes it looked very bleak but the Broncos faced up to the Warriors and eventually won in a State of Origin intensity game.
        Well done to the lads who would be very sore and sorry for themselves this morning.
        As for the 3 miscreants, well, I'd be happy if you moved on as we don't need anyone to let us down.
        We're not Cronulla.

        Commenter
        AussieJohn
        Location
        Brisbane
        Date and time
        July 20, 2014, 8:38AM
    • Yep the Broncos took their opportunities while the Warriors blew a couple. The more desperate,hungry team won(lesson there for us).Barba will make a great half next season and Hoffman certainly saved a couple of tries at the back.Thought the refs weren't that good but seemed reasonably fair depending on which eye you had open.I do wonder why when a player in an obvious offside position makes a try saving play it is not an automatic sinbin offence but thats life.
      Both teams looked top 8 but not top 4 sides.If we meet again in finals will be a hell of a game!

      Commenter
      Jacko
      Location
      Warriorville
      Date and time
      July 20, 2014, 10:12AM
      • I was at the game and always enjoy the Warriors v Broncos clash. It is always a 50/50 crowd and the NZ fans always provide extra fun in the crowds...spirited but fair and respectful.
        Jack Reed must be nervous watching the left centre side of the Broncos finally having some impact and what a difference full back makes to Hoffy's game...please leave him at number 1!

        Commenter
        Dr Gallop
        Location
        Bondi Kebab Shop Inc
        Date and time
        July 20, 2014, 11:53AM
        • Could someone at the CT please explain why we can only rearly comment on a Raiders game but there is an option to comment on a NZ and broncos? I can't work it out.

          Commenter
          Tny
          Date and time
          July 20, 2014, 5:41PM

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