Brisbane Broncos 41
Tries: Ben Hunt 2, Dale Copley, Daniel Vidot, Ben Barba, Corey Oates, Sam Thiaday
Goals: Corey Parker 4, Ben Hunt 2
Field Goals: Andrew McCullough
Canterbury Bulldogs 10
Tries: Josh Reynolds, Josh Jackson
Goals: Trent Hodkinson
Brisbane Broncos have kept their finals series hopes alive following a 41-10 demolition of Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
Ben Barba’s try right on half time put the Broncos ahead 20-6 at the break after they dominated the first half. The play was set up with Daniel Vidot passing back inside when close to the touchline, Jack Reed putting a foot to the ball that ended up in Barba’s hands as he took Josh Jackson with him to score.
Canterbury’s fourth loss in a row puts them in danger of missing out on the top four, and possibly the finals series. Again their execution was poor, especially early on with Sam Kasiano and Tony Williams sloppy in the opening stages. However, they did manage first points after Trent Hodkinson’s kick was tapped back by Mitch Brown. Reynolds receiving the final to score.
The Broncos put themselves on the front foot after Ben Hunt’s one on one strip on Williams led to Dale Copley making a break. Josh Maguire went close after twenty minutes but it was Copley who scored four minutes later after Matt Gillett provided the try assist. Three minutes later and Daniel Vidot had the video referee rule in his favour despite appearing that Perrett was strong enough to hold up the Bronco. When Michael Ennis lost the ball close to his line, Hunt scored to give Brisbane a ten point lead.
Seven minutes after half time Canterbury got back into the game when Jackson scored after some good lead-up work from Josh Reynolds when he put Tim Lafai in the clear. Greg Eastwood went close to scoring before the game swung in Brisbane’s favour after Reynolds lashed out at Sam Thiaday when tackled just metres from the Broncos line. Thiaday exaggerating the impact of the Reynolds lash out, but the incident was still worthy of being placed on report.
From that point on the Broncos dominated with time in possession and ultimately converted opportunities into points. Canterbury’s error rate also increased and was demonstrated with Sam Perrett’s losing the ball in a tackle after retrieving a Broncos kick. Corey Oates scored a result as the Broncos skipped away to a sixteen point lead.
Corey Parker’s penalty goal extended the lead further as a result of Perrett spilling a contested kick. With twelve minutes remaining Andrew McCullough’s field goal meant the Bulldogs needed a miracle to win.
Reynold’s night went from bad to worse when he was reported for a trip on Barba. His second report for the evening is likely to see the Bulldogs five-eight to be suspended. Reynolds would end the game in the sin bin after repeated infringements.
Sam Thiaday’s try with eight minutes to go was off an inside pass from Barba. Hunt capping off a return to form when he scored in the final moments as the Broncos passed forty points.