Broncos Bring It Home

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Updated: July 16, 2017

The NRMA Insurance Broncos overcame a halftime deficit to avoid a major upset in The Hunter tonight.

A courageous Newcastle Knights performance was not enough as the Broncos came home strong in the second half for a 34-22 victory at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Rejuvenated from the bye and boosted by Anthony Milford’s return from a shoulder injury ahead of schedule, Brisbane showed their composure and experience in the six tries to four win.

James Roberts looked threatening and was well contained by the Knights in the first half, but it took The Jet less than a minute of the second half to erase Newcastle’s advantage.

Roberts charged down a kick and was never going to be caught as he raced 60 metres to score.

Sam Thaiday was instrumental in the Broncos stunning turnaround with a hand in tries to Tautau Moga and Anthony Milford as the Brisbane shot out to a 24-12 lead after 51 minutes.

Once again Newcastle regrouped and hit back quick tries to Chanel Mata’utia and the reigning Wally Lewis medallist Dane Gagai to close the gap to 24-22 with 18 minutes to play.

Benji Marshall’s 65th minute injection proved a masterstroke; the veteran Kiwi laying on the settling try for Korbin Sims.

Marshall dropped a ball back on the inside for Sims who shrugged off a number of Knights defenders to reach out and slam it down for an eight-point buffer.

Broncos youngster Jonus Pearson had limited opportunities on the wing, but didn’t miss out when Ben Hunt rolled a pinpoint grubber into the Newcastle in-goal.

Pearson’s late try added insult to injury for the home side – the victory not as convincing as the 34-22 score line suggested.

Earlier, the Broncos looked the most likely in the opening exchanges but determined defence from Newcastle on their own line turned Brisbane away.

The Knights created opportunities of their own but were let down by poor execution as they failed to turn their chances into points.

The Broncos kept the pressure on and it eventually told in the 25th minute when a deft cross field kick from Hunt was plucked out of the air by Jordan Kahu.

Kahu soared above the head of his opposite number Chanel Mata’utia to touch down for the opening try.

The Knights responded with two tries in quick succession for a shock halftime lead.

Former NSW half Trent Hodkinson sent Sione Mata’utia screaming through a hole close to the line and on their next set Danny Levi finished off a long-range effort kick started by a break from hometown favourite Nathan Ross.

Hodkinson made no mistake with the boot to send the Knights into the sheds ahead 12-6 at the break.

Despite another gallant effort from the Newcastle side they fell short again, much to the disappointment of the passionate fans who continue to turn out for them week after week.

Brisbane Broncos 34 (J Kahu, J Roberts, T Moga, A Milford, K Sims, J Pearson tries; J Kahu 5 goals) defeated the Newcastle Knights 22 (S Mata’utia, D Levi, C Mata’utia, D Gagai tries; T Hodkinson 3 goals) at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle.

Half-Time: Knights 12-6.

Source: http://www.broncos.com.au/news/2017/07/15/broncos_bring_it_hom.html





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