On Saturday afternoon the Broncos got back on track for their assault on September footy with an important 10 – 6 win ahead of the Eels at Parramatta Stadium.
In a tight, low scoring affair Brisbane regained the momentum that had seen them enjoy five successive wins before they lost 12 – 22 to the Panthers in Round 15, determined not to lose two in a row after all their hard work to get into the top eight after a dismal start to the season.
The Eels are one of the best defensive teams in the NRL, so it was a big effort from the Broncos to beat them at home, and a nice result for Darren Lockyer who was making his record breaking 329th NRL appearance for Brisbane. The skipper has now surpassed Andrew Ettingshausen’s 328 first grade games for a single club.
After the win the Broncos are now at number six on the ladder, while the dwindling Eels have dropped down to the 10th spot after losing four of their past five games. The challenge to Parramatta is now whether they can recreate the incredible late streak that lead them to play in the Grand Final last year.
It was an ugly game on Saturday with neither team living up to their potential, but still Brisbane came away with the two competition points. The Broncos were first to score when Peter Wallace got over in the 7th minute after latching onto a great Lockyer bomb, the try converted by Corey Parker so the visitors lead 6 – nil early on.
Not long after the under-pressure Jarryd Hayne, who the team seemed to be relying on to pull out some magic, scored the Eels sole try in the 15th minute. They missed the conversion, and so trailed by two.
The only other points scored in the fighting first half were two points from a penalty, kicked by Luke Burt, awarded to the Eels a minute from half time after a kick-chase breach by Andrew McCullough, which tied the score six all.
Back from the break it was more grinding play that eventuated in one final try by the gifted Israel Folau in the 61st minute for the Broncos, which was the match winner as Brisbane finished 10 – 6 in front.
This weekend the Broncos have a huge home game against the Wests Tigers, while the Eels travel to New Zealand to play the Warriors. Get the odds on both these great games and the rest for Round 17 at Ladbrokes.com.au today!