NRL Round 12 – Match 3 Results: Cronulla Sharks 4 v 20 Brisbane Broncos

A resurgent Brisbane Broncos stormed into the top eight on Saturday night with a decisive 20 – 4 win ahead of the feeble Sharks at Toyota Stadium rising above the wet, slippery conditions.

After their worst ever start to a season, losing six of their first eight games, the Broncos seem to be back in form having now won their past three after big victories ahead of the Storm, Titans and now the Sharks.

Cronulla on the other hand, despite their win ahead of the Eels in Round 11, are still at the bottom of the premiership contenders, Saturday’s loss their eighth this season.

It was a real arm-wrestle in the first half, as both teams struggled to score. Brisbane veteran Corey Parker got things underway opening their account in the 29th minute with a two-point penalty kick after Anthony Tupou was ruled to have stripped the ball from him.

The Sharks dominated possession, however just couldn’t turn this into points, with Tim Smith making some really bad decisions and inaccurate kicks. And the Broncos defence was also on the ball as they were able to stop a few Sharks in their tracks on their way to nearly certain tries.

Nearly a full 40 minutes were played before the first try of the match was scored when the talented Israel Folau, announcing his leave from the NRL for a lucrative AFL deal on Monday, got down the opening four-pointer in the final minute of the first half after a pin-point accurate bomb from Lockyer. Parker missed the conversion the ball hitting the posts, but the Broncos still lead 6 – 0 heading into the break with the Sharks yet to score.

Nine minutes into the second half Brisbane skipper Darren Lockyer coming off a sensational State of Origin 1 victory for Queensland, scored the Broncos second try. This time Parker converted and the visitors lead 12 – 0.

Taulima Tautai was next over, scoring the Sharks only four points in the 56th minute. With over 20 minutes still to play a victory for either side was still possible.

The Broncos, however, extended their winning margin with a second penalty kick in the 77th minute before Antonio Winterstein put the icing on the cake with a 79th minute try converted by Parker to give them a 20 – 4 win.

The Sharks look unlikely of winning again this week as they face off against the Roosters at Sydney while the Broncos will attempt to take down the Sea Eagles at Brookvale. If you think Brisbane have what it takes to secure their fourth straight win then jump on their juicy odds at Ladbrokes.com.au today!