Bulldogs send Broncos to second consecutive loss

Brisbane Broncos 16
Tries: Corey Oates 2, Corey Parker
Goals: Corey Parker 2
Field Goals: nil

Canterbury Bulldogs 18
Tries: Aiden Tolman, Sam Perrett, Josh Morris
Goals: Trent Hodkinson 3
Field Goals: nil

Canterbury Bulldogs have overcome a half time deficit to defeat Brisbane Broncos 18-16 at Suncorp Stadium in front of 34,082 fans.

It was the first time this year Brisbane had led at half time and not gone on to win the match.  Tries to Sam Perrett and Josh Morris after the break helping the Bulldogs return to the top eight with victory.  Corey Parker also broke Darren Lockyer’s point scoring record as he converted his own try with nine minutes remaining to give the Broncos some hope.  However it wasn’t to be as they lost for a second consecutive week.

Brisbane looked well on top early as they targeted Sam Perrett’s wing, with Corey Oates scoring a double inside the opening twenty-five minutes.  Six minutes in Oates received a long cut-out pass from Anthony Milford that isolated Perrett and gave the Broncos first points in the game.  In an almost identical play Milford combined with Darius Boyd before Oates crossed.  The Broncos taking a ten point lead.

It took Canterbury thirty minutes to crack the Brisbane line and it was a short pass from Michael Lichaa that provided Aiden Tolman with a try next to the posts.  Trent Hodkinson’s conversion meant the Bulldogs would trail by four going into the sheds.

Three minutes after the break the Bulldogs went ahead.  Josh Jackson finding Sam Perrett who stepped inside before slicing through the Broncos defence.  Canterbury continued to apply pressure and at one stage pinned Brisbane in goal for consecutive line dropouts before Lloyd Perrett came up with a mistake in front of the Broncos posts.

With sixteen minutes to go it was Josh Morris who went over for the Bulldogs third try of the evening.  Sam Kasiano making a break in the lead-up before Morris crossed to give Canterbury an eight point lead.  Brisbane had other ideas as Parker barged over to create Broncos history and set up an exciting final ten minutes.

Brisbane were let down by Justin Hodges in the final stages with some poor handling which gave Canterbury a chance to apply the knock out blow.  Right on full time the home side kept the ball alive but play broke down with Darius Boyd being tackled well inside his own half.  Canterbury holding on for an important victory in their National Rugby League premiership campaign.

Oates didn’t return after the break with a knee injury which allowed Lachlan Maranta to play out the rest of the game on the wing.  Michael Lichaa also left the field with a knee problem after making a tackle on Anthony Milford.

Brisbane will be looking to redeem themselves next Friday when they host St George-Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium.  By that time North Queensland may be in the premiership lead with matches against Cronulla and South Sydney to be played before then.

Canterbury play Sunday week against the Gold Coast Titans at Gosford and must keep winning to remain western Sydney’s only hope of making the finals series.  Following the Titans they play South Sydney (ANZ Stadium), Newcastle (Hunter Stadium) and New Zealand Warriors (ANZ Stadium) to close out the preliminary rounds.

Man of the Match: Sam Kasiano (Bulldogs)


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