Broncos Send Sharks Home

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Updated: August 12, 2017

The NRMA Insurance Brisbane Broncos have sent a clear message to their competition rivals, defeating the Cronulla Sharks 32-10 in a telling encounter at Suncorp Stadium. 

With milestone victories on the line Wayne Bennett’s side dominated the coach’s 600th game in charge of the Broncos, solidifying their top-four spot and marring any hopes Paul Gallen had of a happy 300th NRL match.

Led by Newcastle-bound centre Tautau Moga, the Brisbane backline feasted on the weight of field position afforded on the back of several errors from the Sharks. 

After trailing 14-6 at the break Cronulla needed to fire coming into the second stanza after a mistake-riddled first half.

However an early kick out on the full by James Maloney saw Brisbane regain their dominance as the towering Moga showed off his devastating running game to score in the 44th minute. 

A penalty goal from Anthony Milford extended the margin to 16 before deja vu struck for Moga, crossing for his second try in almost identical fashion and causing headaches for the Sharks right-side.

As the Sharks continued to cost themselves with errors the Broncos charged onwards, a brilliant cut-out pass from Milford sending Corey Oates over in the corner. 

A late try to Sharks winger Gerard Beale and a stint in the sin bin for Broncos winger Jordan Kahu did little to improve the situation, the defending premiers unable to comeback after a poor first half. 

While both sides were guilty of sloppy errors in ideal attacking situations it was the Broncos who made the most of their early opportunities to gain the ascendency from the get go. 

On the back of a pressure-relieving penalty, Brisbane opened the scoring in the fifth minute of play after a deft Kodi Nikorima short-ball sent Matt Gillett on a powerful run to the Cronulla try line.

The home side extended their advantage to eight only 15 minutes later.

Captivating five-eighth Milford dazzled the defence with a trademark break, the Sharks’ scrambling defence costing them a penalty and an easy two points.

Ill discipline continued to the plague the defending premiers as a Wade Graham error gifted Brisbane attacking territory five minutes from half-time.

Exploiting some shaky left-edge defence, skipper Darius Boyd showed strength and determination to cross for his third try of the season. 

However an error from Oates on the Broncos goal line afforded a crucial opportunity for Cronulla.

Veteran forward Luke Lewis reached out in the shadows of halftime to celebrate his 34th birthday in style and give the visitors some momentum heading into the sheds.

That remained a rare highlight for the premiers as the Broncos closed out their second resounding win in as many weeks to maintain their strong standing in the competition. 

NRMA Insurance Broncos 32 (T Moga 2, M Gillett, D Boyd C Oates tries; A Milford 6 goals) 
Cronulla Sharks 10 (L Lewis, G Beale tries; J Maloney goal) at Suncorp Stadium

Half-time: 14-6

Crowd: 34,552 

Source: http://www.broncos.com.au/news/2017/08/11/broncos_send_sharks_.html





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