NRL Round 6 – Match 5 Results: Broncos 44 v Sharks 16

Broncos finally put an end to their embarrassing four match losing streak after their win ahead of the Cowboys in Round 1, when they fought back to put 44 points on the board beating the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The out of form Sharks have now lost five from six this season and are the hot favourites for the 2010 Wooden Spoon.

The home ground advantage and the return of a number of their star players, namely Israel Folau and Corey Parker, saw the Broncos finally notch their second win, and what a win it was.

In their previous four matches Brisbane had been unable to get any more than 16 points on the board, but this round they scored a remarkable eight tries to elevate to number 14 on the NRL ladder.

Folau and Parker were instrumental in the Broncos win, Folau scoring a double and Parker kicking six from eight conversion attempts.

But it was Brisbane’s almost immaculate completion rate in the first half, 23 out of 24 sets, which allowed them to dominate by so much.

The first half saw the Broncos score a slick six tries, including a double each to centre Matt Gillett and the much loved Folau, while the struggling Sharks were miserable in both attack and defence failing to put any of their own points on the board in the first 40 minutes.

Gillett was first to score seven minutes into the match in his first of two tries. The Broncos Dunamis Lui then backed up with his first NRL try in the 14th minute, before Gillett was at it again getting over in the 20th minute.

Parker missed the first kick but booted the next two straight through the posts giving Brisbane a secure 16 to nil lead after the first quarter.

Just five minutes later they were over the Sharks line again, with Ben Te’o putting another four pointer down to extend their lead to 20 points.

In the last 15 minutes the Broncos continued to give the Sharks more grief as Folau scored twice in the last two minutes and Parker converted both so they went to the break grinning, ahead by an emphatic 32 points.

In the second half the Sharks briefly looked like they might make a match of it when halfback Tim Smith got over just three minutes back from the break. Nathan Stapleton kicked the conversion easing the gap to 32 – 6.

Brisbane, however, were still firing on all cylinders and powerful backrower Sam Thiaday scored 10 minutes later before Josh Hoffman scored the Broncos’ eighth and final try two minutes outside the last quarter. Parker kicked both of the second half tries, giving them an impressive final score of 44.

In the final 20 minutes Cronulla did their best to put a bit of decency into the score and Issac Gordon and Siosaia Vave each scored a second half try. Stapleton converted one and they got up to 16 points, still 28 away from their rivals.

It wasn’t all good news for Brisbane however, as they have lost halfback Peter Wallace to a medial ligament injury in his knee, while Cronulla’s prop Josh Cordoba was out in the second half and on his way to hospital following a horrific elbow dislocation.