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Sydney Roosters score last-minute try to snatch victory from Brisbane Broncos

Broncos five-eighth Josh Hoffman is tackled by Roosters second-rower Mitchell Aubusson and halfback Mitchell Pearce.

Broncos five-eighth Josh Hoffman is tackled by Roosters second-rower Mitchell Aubusson and halfback Mitchell Pearce. Photo: Getty Images

Mitchell Pearce and Boyd Cordner on Friday night did their bit to decimate Brisbane's Friday night economy.

With 1:45 left in the Broncos-Sydney Roosters epic at Suncorp Stadium, most of the 33,381 crowd was eying a bar on nearby Caxton Street and after that, destination unknown with the home side headed to a famous victory, leading the premiers 26-24.

Retiring Broncos winger Jharal Yow Yeh farewells the fans.

Retiring Broncos winger Jharal Yow Yeh farewells the fans. Photo: Getty Images

Time
80.00
Team
BRI
Score
26
Team
SYD
Score
30
Brisbane versus Sydney Roosters
View Match Statistics
Players Hunt(2), Thaiday, Maranta, Reed Tries 5 Tries 5 Players Jennings, Moa, Kenny-Dowall, Tuivasa-Sheck, Cordner
Players Parker 2/5 (40%) Conversions 2 Conversions 5 Players Maloney 5/5 (100%)
Players Parker 1/1 (100%) Penalty goals 1 Penalty goals 0 Players
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players

But halfback Pearce found second-rower Cordner arrow towards the left upright and the 11th hour try ruined - and probably ended - the nights of many. For the Broncos, the operation was a success but the patient died during a breakneck second half when the lead changed every few minutes.

A brisk first half finished at 12-12. Brisbane halfback Ben Hunt, taking the ball on the blindside in the south-western corner, threw a dummy and glided over for the opening try in the sixth minute, which was duly converted by Corey Parker.

But former Rooster Martin Kennedy lost the ball from the kickoff in a thunderous tackle And ex-team-mate Michael Jennings scored from the next set. Jennings stepped inside Dale Copley with apparent ease, James Maloney tying the scores on 10 minutes.

Roosters prop Sam Moa seemed to be stopped well short of the line five minutes later but his formidable leg drive propelled him across the stripe, grounding the ball for a converted try despite the attentions of several defenders. The premiers seemed to be on a roll and they were sternly tested for an extended period at Brisbane launched incessant waves of attack at the southern end they defended.

Hunt's kick was fumbled by Anthony Minichiello under his own posts and Sam Thaiday pounced, saluting a rapturous crowd after planting the ball in the in-goal.

Parker snaffled an easy goal and that was the sum total of the first half's scoring.

Sydney Roosters replacement Kane Evans was reported for a high shot on Matt Gillett in the 30th minute and Jake Friend went off for concussion assessment not long afterwards.

When an in-goal divot delayed a Sydney Roosters line dropout just after halftime, Parker walked over and put the turf back in place.

His immediate reward for the sense of urgency was his team reclaiming the lead, via his own penalty goal after 44 minutes,

Anthony Minichiello had been penalised for delaying tactics in front of his own posts; "that's three in a row," Parker told Shayne Hayne, "someone's got to go."

But Brisbane's shifting of gears was more lavishly rewarded when Hunt cut out Copley with a pass that found winger Lachlan Maranta, who dashed over in the north-eastern corner.

Parker's missed touch line conversion left a six-point Broncos advantage - but it didn't last long.

Parker complained defender Josh Hoffman was obstructed by decoy Mitch Aubusson as Tricolours centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall crossed out wide. "He held him up for half a second - which was the difference between Hoffy getting him and not."

Video referees Luke Patten and Steve Clark disagreed, flashing the green light for a converted try which again tied the scores.

The Broncos then seemed to won the game with a merciless one-two punch. First, Jack Reed forced his way over off Josh Hoffman's pass, then Hunt was rewarded for an outstanding evening by scrambling over for a four-pointer of his own.

7 comments so far

  • Another great game with congrats going to both teams. However what constitutes a sin bin and what are the rulings for interference?

    Commenter
    DP
    Location
    GC
    Date and time
    March 21, 2014, 10:57PM
    • Broncos maybe one classy centre from being genuine threat. Enough of this spine rubbish, what happened to the once feared centre position?? Ella, Meninga, Ettinghausen, Renouf, Daley..zzzz it was the job of the so called spine to pass to the centres who would be good enough to either score on their own or set up a try.
      Skillful, smart centres are a huge asset to teams having watched how many soft tries were scored in tonight`s games on the flanks and how many could`ve been scored.

      Commenter
      Hamish
      Location
      Ryde
      Date and time
      March 22, 2014, 12:13AM
      • What a champion side!! To be down by 8 points at Lang Park with single minutes left, and hold one's composure and score two great tries in 5 minutes - that is the stuff of a worthy premier. A memorable win, full of character!

        Commenter
        Gekko
        Location
        Potts Point
        Date and time
        March 22, 2014, 12:41AM
        • Don't follow either team but I had switched off thinking the Broncos had this game in the bag. I don't understand the sin binning rule anymore. I thought the referees could have sent Minichello or Friend to the bin for repeated infringements in the ruck. Different rules for some teams when it comes to the play the ball. Yep, it's another typical NRL season.

          Commenter
          Bill Blazejowski
          Location
          Blazeland
          Date and time
          March 22, 2014, 5:42AM
          • Cock-a-doodle-doooo!

            Commenter
            Roo
            Location
            Syd
            Date and time
            March 22, 2014, 9:04AM
            • A terrific game of footy...what a shame to end the article with such a negative poll!

              Focus on the positives and more people will go to the games!

              Commenter
              Steve D
              Location
              Hobart
              Date and time
              March 22, 2014, 10:41AM
              • Good game between the World Club Champion Team & a Team that were outside the Semis last year. The Broncos are a good show this year & they will win more than they loose.

                Commenter
                Paul C
                Location
                Toowoomba
                Date and time
                March 22, 2014, 2:29PM

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