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Broncos account for Wests Tigers

The NRMA Insurance Brisbane Broncos have continued their impressive Good Friday form, following another methodical performance to down the Wests Tigers 18-14 at Allianz Stadium.
Broncos account for Wests Tigers
by NRL

The NRMA Insurance Brisbane Broncos have continued their impressive Good Friday form, following another methodical performance to down the Wests Tigers 18-14 at Allianz Stadium.

The Broncos have now won eight of their past nine Good Friday showdowns and the platform was laid early in this one, with a pair of Jack Reed tries in quick succession opening up a 10-0 lead for visitors after just 16 minutes.

Brisbane took a 10-4 lead into the break, but had to wait until a 73rd minute Dale Copley try before the game was well and truly in their keeping.

Wests scored two late consolation four-pointers to add some respectability into the scoreline.

The result was the Broncos' fourth win on the trot and momentarily sends them to the top of the NRL ladder.

Brisbane half-back Peter Wallace further enhanced his NSW Origin hopes, with another commanding performance in the No. 7 jersey, while halves partner Corey Norman and centre Justin Hodges both produced strong moments in attack.

The match opened up in a big way 12 minutes in when a superb no-look Benji Marshall pass put Tigers full-back Tim Moltzen into the clear.

But the Tigers lost possession just a metre from the try-line, allowing Brisbane winger Gerard Beale to race 60 metres upfield.

A couple of plays later and Wallace managed to offload in traffic for Norman to scoop up the ball and send Reed over for the first try of the match.

The English international helped himself to a double a couple of minutes later after poor communication between Tigers backs Beau Ryan and Moltzen allowed a towering Wallace bomb to bounce, enabling Reed to collect the ball on the run for the try.

Wallace converted and Brisbane led 10-0.

The lead could have been extended in the 26th minute, but Copley spilt the final pass with the line wide open.

Brisbane stayed on the front foot, largely thanks to Moltzen's repeated blunders under the high ball, but the Tigers did hit back six minutes before the break when second-rower Liam Fulton was given the green light by the video referee after falling on a loose ball over the line.

Brisbane interchange forward Ben Te'o shook Allianz Stadium to its foundations moments before the break when he ironed out young Tigers forward Matt Groat with a vicious shoulder charge that resulted in Te'o being placed on report.

The absence of a concussed Groat and an injured Chris Heighington (hand) left the Tigers two men short on their bench for the entire second half.

This match marked the return of Corey Parker from injury and the Brisbane stalwart was called upon to land a 52nd minute penalty goal after Tigers back-rower Adam Blair was penalised for taking Wallace out late.

The battered Tigers did well to see of several Brisbane raids in the latter stages of the game, but the result was sealed seven minutes before the death when Copley out-leapt his opposite to score in the corner off a pin-point Norman kick.

Backs Blake Ayshford (75th minute) and Tom Humble (80th) grabbed late consolation tries for the gallant Tigers.

Brisbane Broncos 18
Tries: Reed 2, Copley
Goals: Parker 2, Wallace

Wests Tigers 14
Tries: Fulton, Ayshford, Humble
Goals: Marshall 1

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