In a gritty arm-wrestle of a match on Sunday afternoon, the Brisbane Broncos managed to defeat the team at the top of the ladder when they won 10 – 6 ahead of the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium in front of a monster 42,270 crowd.
The Broncos cemented their spot in the top eight moving up to the seventh rank on the ladder following the all-important win against the team mentored by their former coach.
St George Illawarra now have just a two point buffer at the top of the ladder after losing their second game in a row, beaten by two of Queensland’s teams over the last fortnight.
The Dragons must regain form if they are to payout for the ‘Minor Premiership’ markets at Ladbrokes.com.au
It was a shockingly close showdown on Sunday, the Broncos and the Dragons playing so similarly it was scary. Both seemed to know exactly what kind of attack the other would bring and were there to defuse the move.
With neither willing to take a risk for fear of it not paying off, the scoreboard sat empty for the first half hour.
Finally Brisbane broke the deadlock with the AFL-bound Israel Folau, their only tryscorer for the night, scoring the opening four-pointer in the 30th minute.
It was an impressive effort from Folau, who managed to smash through four St George defenders to get to the line.
Corey Parker missed the conversion and so the home side held only a narrow 4 – 0 lead heading into halftime.
The other notable action from the first half came in the 14th minute when Brisbane No. 7 Peter Wallace made a high hit on Dragons lock Beau Scott, with Scott reacting by elbowing the halfback.
A small scuffle followed and both Wallace and Scott were put on report.
It was more of the same in the second half, a number of close calls for both sides, but ultimately no points being scored until the final 10 minutes.
Eight minutes from time Folau scored his second of the night, excellent justice for the star who had been targeted by the Dragons all night.
This time Parker booted it through the posts and Brisbane were in front by 10.
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In the dying minutes of the game St George scored one consolation try with winger Brett Morris, one of the leading tryscorers in the competition, crossing in the 78th minute and Jamie Soward converting so the final score was 10 – 6 in favour of Brisbane.
In another top effort from Folau, he also made a try saving tackle in the final 20 seconds of play when Matt Cooper headed for the line out wide.
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