Wests Tigers 14
Tries: Luke Brooks, Bodene Thompson
Goals: Pat Richards 3
Field Goals: nil
Brisbane Broncos 16
Tries: Corey Oates 2
Goals: Ben Hunt 4
Field Goals: nil
Ben Hunt has kicked a penalty goal with three minutes remaining to give Brisbane a dramatic 16-14 victory over Wests Tigers at a packed Campbelltown Stadium.
The penalty was a result of Pat Richards tackling Lachlan Maranta on suspicion as he provided support to Dale Copley after he was put in the clear by Hunt. It was a night of ill-discipline for the home side as they were hit by a lopsided penalty 8-4 in favour of Brisbane.
In the late stages Ben Barba knocked the ball into touch attempting to gather in a kick. This gave the Wests Tigers one final chance. Blake Austin put Ava Seumanufagai on a run towards the line but fell desperately short.
Corey Oates scored a double for the Broncos. After five minutes of play it was Hunt providing the assist as Oates crashed over the line. But it was Oates’ effort with seventeen remaining that leveled scores at fourteen all when he picked up the ball from a tap back by Maranta following a cross field Hunt kick.
Brisbane had their noses ahead at the break by six points as they kept the Tigers scoreless. It wouldn’t be long after the break when the home side scored through some Luke Brooks brilliance. After his last tackle kick ricochet off Hunt, Brooks chased through and kicked twice before landing on the ball in goal.
Momentum swung in the Tigers favour as Brooks stamped his authority on the game. On the hour Brooks kicked through for Bodene Thompson to gather the ball and score. For the first time in the game Wests Tigers were ahead 12-8.
Oates’ second put the Broncos ahead by two but it was short lived with Pat Richards’ penalty goal from beyond the forty metre line putting the game back on level terms. Richards proving to be the villain which presented the Broncos with victory.
An impressive win by the Broncos who were missing Sam Thiaday, Justin Hodges, Matt Gillett and Corey Parker. Ben Hunt was handy in victory however overshadowed by Brooks’ second half efforts for the Tigers. Alex Glenn and Andrew McCullough also had strong games for the visitors. Todd Lowrie is on report for a shoulder charge on Thompson but should escape penalty from the Match Review Committee. McCullough suffered a head clash towards the end of the game with Joel Luani.
The Tigers could be accused of lacking execution and poor last tackle options in the first half. Luke Brooks was outstanding in defeat. Sitaleki Akauola and Adam Blair also played well. You get the feeling this Tigers side will be a force in the next couple of seasons with the caliber of young players coming through the ranks. Chris Lawrence left the field with seven minutes remaining but did not appear to be injured.
Brisbane’s win ensured they would move into seventh place ahead of the Wests Tigers in eighth. Brisbane face Manly at Suncorp next Sunday and the Tigers will have a week off with the bye.