NRL Round 8 – Match 1 Results: Brisbane Broncos 22 v Newcastle Knights 30

The opening match of Round 8 was an intense battle as the Brisbane Broncos fought to maintain some respectability after a series of poor performances, however it was the Knights who ultimately won up at Suncorp Stadium after fighting their way back from a 10 point half time deficit.

Having the home ground advantage saw Brisbane start as the odds-on favourites, but they lost steam after a tough opening half and failed to put enough points of the board as they struggled with a number of star players out with injury including Justin Hodges and Peter Wallace.

The Knights were first to open their account when Akuila Uate got over the line 12 minutes in. Skipper Kurt Gidley, who had a sensational game kicking five from five, got the conversion and Newcastle were on the board with six.

Just five minutes later the visitors were at it again when Gidley scored and converted his own try bringing Newcastle’s lead up to 12. With the Broncos yet to score after the first quarter another big loss was seemingly on the cards.

It looked like the momentum the Knights were building in the first half would be impossible to stop, but in a brilliant second quarter, the Broncos dominated the play and scored themselves an impressive 22 points in 11 minutes.

Big Brissie forward Sam Thaiday was the first to score for the Broncos with his 25th minute try and Corey Parker kicked the conversion to bring them within six points again.

It was a head-spinning next 10 minutes as Ben Hunt scored just two minutes later, the conversion tying the game 12 all, before the in-form back rower Ben Te’o bagged himself an impressive first half double getting the ball down in the 31st and 36th minutes.

Parker missed one of the conversions, and as Newcastle failed to score again after their first two tries, the half time score was 22 – 12 in favour of the home side.

The crowd was in a frenzy after the first 40, but were soon disappointed as the Broncos again failed to last a full 80minutes, fading in the second half and unable to score again.

The Knights, on the other hand, took full advantage of the tiring home team, scoring three second half tries to give them the win.

Evarn Tuimavave scored in the 46th minute, followed by Cameron Ciraldo in the 61st minute and then finally Cory Paterson got over in the 66th minute to bring the final score 22 – 30 in favour of the visitors.