Newcastle Knights 6
Tries: Korbin Sims
Goals: Tyrone Roberts
Field Goals: nil
Brisbane Broncos 34
Tries: Alex Glenn, Matt Gillett, Ben Barba, Dale Copley, Ben Hannant, Josh Hoffman
Goals: Corey Parker 4, Ben Hunt
Field Goals: nil
Ben Barba is back!
Barba scored his first try of the season on the half hour mark when he finished off a move set up by Daniel Vidot, who narrowly avoided going into touch in the lead-up. Five minutes earlier Barba provided Matt Gillett with the ball on a rampaging run to the line. However there was a scare for Barba late in the match as he made a run from a kick return. There was a fear he had re-injured his troublesome ankle in being tackled by Tyrone Roberts. He continued to play for the remainder of the game. Good signs for the Broncos that Barba is starting to settle in at the club and show more flair in attack.
It was all the Broncos in what ended up a one-sided affair. Newcastle had the better of the field position early, but it was Brisbane through a Gillett intercept that led to Alex Glen scoring on the last tackle to open the scoring. Gillett would scored one for himself seven minutes later and when Barba crossed, the Broncos had scored sixteen unanswered points.
Newcastle’s only try of the night came from Korbin Sims barging over the line four minutes before the break to give the home side a boost leading into the half time despite being 16-6 down. They were still in the contest but couldn’t break the Broncos line in the early stages in the second half. Their hearts were broken with seventeen minutes remaining when Dale Copley crossed after Gillett showed good hands to Hodges and then onto the eventual scorer.
Brisbane bucked the trend of previous weeks where they had surrendered the lead in the final stages of the game by finishing strongly. Corey Parker’s penalty goal extended the lead to sixteen, and Ben Hannant crossed with five minutes to play from close range as the Broncos passed the thirty point mark.
For the victors, Gillett was very good in victory showing good skill and strength to establish himself as one of the best backrowers in the National Rugby League. Barba showed shades of brilliance and Andrew McCullough put in another huge tackling effort. Brisbane were not phased by the omission of Sam Thiaday to injury.
Newcastle will have a couple of concerns leading into next week. Jarrod Mullen appeared to be struggling with the hamstring injury that ended his Auckland Nines campaign. It appears the recently re-signed halfback has returned back from injury too soon. Willie Mason was also put on report for a shoulder charge on Parker in the fiftieth minute and may have a case to answer. In a good sign for the future, late inclusion Jake Mamo has a bright future ahead of him with a solid effort in a losing side.