2023 NRL Round 18: Broncos 24, Dolphins 16

The Brisbane Broncos hold on in a close one against The Dolphins on Saturday night.


Brisbane Broncos 24
Tries: Selwyn Cobbo 7th, 68th, 77th; Herbie Farnworth 21st, 27th
Goals: Adam Reynolds 23rd, 70th

Dolphins 16
Tries: Kodi Nikorima 25th; Valynce Te Whare 50th; Jeremy Marshall-King 63rd
Goals: Jamayne Isaako 26th, 63rd

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The first Rugby League game to be played at the iconic Gabba in 67 years got off to a fast start, with the Dolphins putting an early warning shot on the Broncos as Hamiso Tabuai-Fido’s strolled over the line in the opening 10 minutes. However, the Brisbane outfit only saved from an early deficit after the Bunker overturned the decision of try.

Queensland Origin winger Selwyn Cobbo hit back to give the Broncos the first real four pointer of the evening with a neat piece of play to run around his opposite number on the sideline.

With no addition to the scoreboard through the middle part of the first half, it would finally be a rampaging Herbie Farnworth who went over once again for the Broncos before Adam Reynolds successfully converted four into six.

Kodi Nikorima managed to get the Dolphins on the board and back within four points of the lead in the 25th minute of play, but it didn’t last long before Farnworth went over for his second and gave the Broncos a handy 14-6 lead going into halftime.

The Dolphins came out strong in the second forty, with Valynce Te Whare crossing the try line ten minutes into the resumption of play and put the Redcliffe team in the position to mount a comeback.

Repeat attacking sets on the goal line for the Dolphins and mounting pressure on the Broncos defence saw a dummy and dash from Jeremy Marshall-King at hooker put the Dolphins in the lead for the first time in the game with just over 15 minutes left to play.

It was then Cobbo with an unbelievable individual chip and chase effort that gave a narrow lead back to Brisbane for the final push to full time.

Despite the scores remaining close until the final two minutes of play, it would once again be Cobbo who strode over for his hat-trick and secured the two points for Brisbane, the scores standing at 24-16 on the full-time siren.


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3 – Selwyn Cobbo (Broncos)
2 – Herbie Farnworth (Broncos)
1 – Ezra Mam (Broncos)

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