NRL match review: Broncos 26 Rabbitohs 28


Brisbane Broncos:


Goals: COREY PARKER (30M) , BEN HUNT (35M), BEN HUNT (43M)

South Sydney Rabbitohs:



Match Review

It was an ANZAC day thriller at Suncorp Stadium as the Rabbitohs defeated a gallant Brisbane side 28-26 in front of a massive crowd.

In what was a fierce battle that see-sawed between both sides, a somewhat controversial penalty in the 79th decided the game as South Sydney found themselves on the right side of a close scoring match.

The Rabbitohs got off to a flying start in the match scoring just 7 minutes after kick off. Alex Johnston scored moments later to bag a 4 pointer on debut and push their lead out to 10-0 after just 10 minutes.

Greg Inglis produced an outstanding individual try that only a superstar of his calibre could manufacture in the 14th minute to continue their impressive opening start.

Just when the Broncos looked to be on the back foot they produced a four pointer of their own through veteran Andrew McCullough , to get back to 14-4.

A bullet-like pass from recently resigned Justin Hodges set up Lachlan Maranta in the corner to get the Broncos back to within 4 points.

A third try before the halftime siren by the Broncos saw them remarkably turn around what was a complete South Sydney domination in the opening stages of the match to take a 16-14 lead against a depleted looking Rabbitohs side.

The Broncos started off the second half just as they had finished the first as Andrew McCullough took advantage of a napping Sam Burgess to score his second of the night and push their lead out to 8 points.

Returning forward George Burgess scored the Rabbitohs first points of the second half to reduce the gap to just 2, however the Broncos found the line again to add 6 points to their lead.

Kirisome Auva’a crossed in the 72rd minute and after a possible obstruction was ruled out by the video ref the Rabbitohs levelled the scores at 26 all.

A penalty that went the way of South Sydney just a minute out from the full time siren saw them walk away victorious in what was an enthralling battle that exceeded all expectations.

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