The Sydney Roosters have ended their 6- game-losing streak defeating the Brisbane Broncos in front of a home crowd at Allianz Stadium, 32-16.
6,308 dedicated fans braved the cold Sydney weather for a thrilling Thursday night game.
- Roosters end 6 game losing streak
The Sydney Roosters have ended their six game losing streak after defeating the Broncos on Thursday night, 32-16. The Sydney Roosters team stepped up to the task at hand with Blake Ferguson and Boyd Cordner having a brilliant game. These two Origin representatives brought their A game against a top eight side and ensured to impress the dedicated fans who came out to support their club, on a cold Winter’s night. Jake Friend also continued his good form making the most tackles (again) of the night with 46. Boyd Cordner ran the most metres of the game with a huge 184 metres and made a line break which assisted his side to victory.
Dale Copley also had an impressive game against his former club making two line breaks, scoring two tries and combined with Connor Watson to send Ferguson over for a try. A great effort from Copley after needing to make room for new Broncos recruit James Roberts who had a very quiet night.
- Bunker has another blinder
The NRL bunker was under scrutiny (again) tonight after they unsuccessfully awarded what would’ve been a great try to Brisbane Bronco’s, Herman Ese’ese but was ruled a ‘double movement’. Commentators, avid twitter users and fans from the game were absolutely astonished. It has been less than a week since their decision with Joe Burgess ‘losing control’ and now this, the question is was it worth spending 2 million dollars on this investment?
Consistency is the only thing that would be able to defend the bunker at the moment after they disallowed a try Valentine Holmes was pulled up for the same thing against the Knights last Sunday afternoon.
- Broncos in trouble
The Broncos had the opportunity to sit in the top 4 tonight but it looked like they didn’t show up to play full 80 minutes of football. With the two Corey’s carrying the team (Corey Oates ran 156 metres with Corey Parker just behind him on 128 metres) it wasn’t enough to lead their side to victory. With the halves having a very unusually quiet night they did not provide many opportunities for their team to score. Being down at half-time the Bronco’s should’ve come out and been the first to score as it would’ve given them momentum but Roosters got in first after Shaun Kenny Dowall kicked to Ferguson who then shocked the audience with great skill to keep in the field of play to pass back to Kenny- Dowall to score nine minutes into the second half.
Broncos will be hoping to keep their good season alive when they return to Sydney for another Thursday night game and hope to beat St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium. It will be another tough challenge in Sydney on a Thursday night away from home but Wayne Bennett’s men will be determined to play good football to comfortably remain in the top eight.
Bronco’s winger Corey Oates had another unusual shocker of a game as he dropped another high kick early on to put his opposition in perfect position to score a try. Maybe a lack of confidence after last week’s game got to him as his lack of experience was illustrated when he gave the opposition a good chance to score early on due to his mistake.
- Broncos suffer without experience
Brisbane Bronco’s were missing 3 key players tonight including Sam Thaiday, Matt Gillett and Josh McGuire. All three players are representatives for QLD in State of Origin and have attempted to bring back their form they displayed in Origin for Broncos. Matt Gillett has not returned to a game after QLD’s Origin Series victory due to a shoulder injury with Thaiday and McGuire missing out due to suspension. With both players out due to suspension, they were clearly missed by their team tonight away from home. Both suspended player’s return next week when they play the Dragons. They will be hoping to have an impact on their side against the Dragons to ensure they remain in top 8.
IN THE SHEDS
Sydney Roosters: Connor Watson- ankle
Brisbane Broncos: Lachlan Maranta- concussion (came off field in 8th minute)
Tries- 6- Dale Copley x2, Latrell Mitchell, Blake Ferguson, Shaun Kenny-Dowall & Boyd Cornder.
Conversions- 4/6- Sio Siua Taukeiaho
Penalty Goals- Nil
Brisbane Broncos 16
Tries- Jarrod Wallace, Tom Opacic & Darius Boyd
Conversions- 2/3- Corey Parker
Penalty Goals- Nil