Young Broncos Go Down Swinging

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Updated: September 16, 2017

THE Broncos under-20s’ brave season has come to a close at the hands of the second-ranked Panthers in Brisbane tonight.

Penrith moved through to the National Youth Competition preliminary final after a 33-12 victory.

It ended a wonderful run by the young Broncos, who were sitting in 10th spot with five weeks to go before winning four games against teams above them to make the top eight.

With the score 16-6 at halftime, the Panthers put the Broncos in some trouble when hooker Wayde Egan burrowed over straight after the break to make it 22-6.

But the Broncos showed the same grit they have all season.

Captain Patrick Carrigan drifted across field and then when he found an isolated tackler, he shrugged him off and crashed over.

Kotoni Staggs kicked the goal – dinking it off both posts – and it was back to 22-12 with 24 minutes to go.

But a try to winger Sam Martin-Savage in the corner put the Broncos on the back foot again at 26-12.

The Broncos thought they were back in it with 10 to go when Staggs went over but the referee disallowed the four-pointer, ruling a kick chaser was offside.

The Panthers were too good from there, adding a try and a field goal to finish.

Earlier, the Broncos got the start they were looking for when they scored in just the fourth minute.

After gaining field position they spun the ball wide and bustling centre Gehamat Shibasaki found room on the outside to score.

Kotoni Staggs kicked truly from the sideline and it was 6-0.

But the Panthers hit back in the 10th minute, centre Richie Munchow matching his opposite with a try to make it 6-4.

 The Panthers went ahead eight minutes before halftime when reserve forward Brad Gaut crashed over next to the posts.

The Panthers got field position again after a contentious knock-on call and they made the Broncos pay, centre Jesse Abbott touching down to give Penrith a 16-6 lead.

The Broncos went down the field and almost scored, Carrigan stopped centimetres short as the halftime siren sounded.

Source: http://www.broncos.com.au/news/2017/09/15/young_broncos_go_dow.html





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