NRL Round 10 – Match 1 Results: Brisbane Broncos 28 v 6 Gold Coast Titans

Friday night Round 10 kicked off with a classic Queensland derby at Suncorp Stadium, and despite their poor start to the season the Broncos proved they could be the surprise performers of the year as they claimed an emphatic 28 – 6 win against the Gold Coast Titans in front of 40,000 plus thrilled fans.

Prior to the game the Titans were at number two on the NRL ladder having won seven of their nine games to date, while the Broncos trailed at opposite end in the 13th spot.

The loss has seen the Gold Coast club slip to number three, with the Panthers sneaking into number two thanks to their bye in round nine and their victory ahead of the Sharks last Sunday.

There five tries to one victory on Friday was the Broncos second big win in as many weeks following their decisive 36 – 14 victory ahead of the Storm in round nine, and was also the first time this season  they have pulled off two consecutive wins.

After their last two impressive performances, the Broncos have now moved up to number 11 on the ladder and if they continue this new found form could just make the top eight.

Peter Wallace made a triumphant come back after injury, Israel Folau proved exactly why his services are in such hot demand from rival codes with a first half double, and Corey Parker was able to celebrate his 200th first-grade game with a win, so it was smiles all round for the Red Hill-based boys.

The freakishly talented Israel Folau began the Broncos assault just eight minutes in scoring for the team that so desperately needs his skills, and Corey Parker converted so the home team had an early six point lead.

Just 10 minutes later Joseph Tomane had the Gold Coast supporters in the crowd cheering when he scored a four-pointer for the visitors and Scott Prince booted it through the posts so the Queenslanders were tied six all.

In the 30th minute Folau gave Brisbane the boost they needed, completing his double with another impressive try that Parker kicked so the Broncos held a six point lead heading into half time.

Although the score looked close after the first 40, the second half was totally dominated by Brisbane who managed to get in another three tries while keeping the Titans from scoring any more points.

Eight minutes into the second half, the in-form Ben Te’o scored a converted try to extend their lead 18 – 6. Lagi Setu then went over in the 63rd minutes and Parker’s kick saw them ahead by another six.

Before it was over, Matt Gillett, also back from injury, added some more gloss to the score with a intercept four-pointer with three minutes left on the clock, giving Brisbane their final score of 28.

Best performers of the match had to be the Brisbane back rowers Te’o, Parker and Thaiday who never slowed down running hard and tirelessly tackling the Titans.

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