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Milford Magic Sneaks Broncos Home
The NRMA Insurance Brisbane Broncos made it three wins in a row, prevailing 25-24 over South Sydney Rabbitohs in a nail biter at ANZ Stadium tonight.
Anthony Milford was the hero, nailing a field goal off his left boot in the dying minutes to seal a dramatic one-point victory.
After an up-tempo opening 40 minutes the Broncos took the field for the second half ahead 18-8.
Trailing on the scoreboard the home side came out firing and a try to Robert Jennings in the 49th minute got South Sydney back in the contest.
Robbie Farah was injected into the game early in the second half and made an instant impact out of dummy-half.
The veteran hooker sent young back rower Angus Crichton crashing over on the right edge for another South Sydney try to tie the game 18-all.
The Broncos’ defence was clearly rattled and the Rabbitohs hit the lead in the 59th minute through a close-range effort from hulking centre Siosifa Talaki.
Andrew McCullough looked to have scored in 65th minute, but a last-ditch defensive effort from Alex Johnston dislodged the ball over the line.
The rugby league gods were on Brisbane’s side and they hit back through a contentious Tautau Moga try 11 minutes from time.
Anthony Milford broke through and was trying to wrestle the ball down over the line when it spilled out the back.
Moga pounced on the ball and dove over to score, Milford’s conversion locking the scores up 24-all.
Nothing could split the two sides and Cody Walker and Milford traded unsuccessful field goal attempts as the clock wound down.
A George Burgess error gifted the Broncos possession with three minutes to play and Milford got Brisbane out of jail with a left-footed field goal from 21 metres out.
An incredible finish saw South Sydney in perfect field goal position; instead they choose to run the ball in the dying seconds.
The Broncos scrambled in cover defence to bundle Bryson Goodwin into touch as the siren sounded to secure a controversial win.
Earlier, the Broncos got off to a horror start when South Sydney hooker Damien Cook scored in the fifth minute after David Mead grassed a bomb close to his own line.
Brisbane was granted a reprieve when a Walker try was disallowed two minutes later, as replays showed George Burgess offside in the lead-up.
Corey Oates got the Broncos on the scoreboard in the 14th minute courtesy of a classy cut-out ball from skipper Darius Boyd.
Milford assumed the goal-kicking duties in the absence of an injured Jordan Kahu and sent his first attempt of the evening sailing over the black dot from the sideline to level the scores 6-all.
A Goodwin penalty goal in the 21st minute edged the Rabbitohs back in front but their lead was short-lived.
Oates crossed again soon after with another acrobatic effort in the left corner for a 10-8 advantage.
A carbon copy of his opening try of the evening, Oates’ second was set up by another brilliant Boyd pass.
South Sydney fans were given a brutal lesson on the offside rule when Korbin Sims found himself in the right place at the right time to score Brisbane’s third try in the 31st minute.
The right place happened to be three metres in front of Milford as the No.6 put in an attacking grubber on the Bunnies’ line.
The kick took a deflection off John Sutton who made a play at the ball, putting Sims back onside, and the front rower scooped up the loose ball and strolled over untouched.
After a slow start Brisbane wrestled back the momentum mid-way through the first half and their up-tempo style of football was rewarded with an 18-8 lead at the break.
Brisbane Broncos 25 (C Oates 2, K Sims, T Moga tries; A Milford 4 goals, A Milford 1 field goal) defeated theSouth Sydney Rabbitohs 24 (D Cook, R Jennings, A Crichton, S Talakai tries; B Goodwin 4 goals) at ANZ Stadium, Sydney.
Half-Time: Broncos 18-8.