In another cracker Sunday showdown the resurgent Broncos secured their fourth straight success when they claimed a comprehensive 22 – 6 win ahead of the Sea Eagles in the wind and the rain.
After a dismal start to 2010 the boys from Brisbane look back on track, and after four impressive victories are now in finals contention sitting at number seven on the ladder.
The loss for Manly has pushed them out of their spot in the top two, but they remain a top four team with seven wins and 16 competition points.
It looked like it might be a long afternoon for the Broncos when Manly started the stronger team, scoring their first try just three minutes into Sunday’s match. Tony Williams got over and then Shane Rodney converted to give them the six point lead, but from there on Brisbane totally dominated and the listless Sea Eagles were to score no more points.
The Broncos opened their account in the 18th minute when the talented Israel Folau scored in the 18th minute flying over Manly fullback Ben Farrar, his first of an eventual match double that had Origin selectors doubling back and choosing to retain Folau for the Maroons in Origin II.
Corey Parker missed the kick, so the Broncos still trailed by two, and with no more points scored in the first half Manly lead 6 – 4 going into the break.
In the second half Brisbane put in a powerful performance, beating the conditions and their higher-ranking opponents as they scored three unanswered tries.
Ben Hunt was first when he got over just six minutes back from the break, Parker’s conversion pushing them in front 10 – 6.
More than 20 minutes later Josh Hoffman scored the Bronco’s third try finding a great pass from Sam Thaiday, and another sensational kick from Parker saw them extend their lead to a 10 point margin.
Then it was Folau again who put the icing on the cake, completing his double with a great 75th minute try, Parker making it three from four so the visitors ran away with the win 22 – 6.
And in more bad news for Manly, their big second-rower Anthony Watmough was forced off the field in the final minutes with a groin injury that has ruled him out of the NSW Origin team for game two Wednesday week.
In Round 14 the Sea Eagles head up to the Gold Coast where an interesting match against the Titans will play out, while the Broncos aim for their fifth straight win when they face the Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium. Both games should be rippers, so get behind your favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au today!