NRL Round 25 – Match 2 Results: New Zealand Warriors 36 v 4 Brisbane Broncos

With injured skipper Darren Lockyer watching on from back in Australia, the baby Broncos suffered another devastating loss putting their finals hopes on life support when they travelled to Mt Smart Stadium and were shut down 36 – 4 by the Warriors on Friday night.

The loss, their third on the trot, has pushed Brisbane down into 10th spot on the ladder and they must beat the Raiders in the final round by at least 16 points in order to make their 19th consecutive finals appearance.

The Warriors, however, are flying high and have a top four finish still a possibility after they rose to fifth on the ladder.

It was a long, long night for Broncos players and fans alike as Brisbane were kept scoreless until the 77th minute as New Zealand enjoyed a massive seven-tries-to-one win.

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By the end of the first half the home side had run in five unanswered tries to lead by an emphatic 24 points after a lacklustre Brisbane outfit missed an unforgivable number of tackles and presented little in the way of defence or attack.

Manu Vatuvei started their assault in the 13th minute after touching down off a Brett Seymour bomb kick, followed by a double to backrower Lewis Brown who scored twice in four minutes getting over in the 21st and 25th minutes.

Less than five minutes later Warriors’ captain Simon Mannering added to the visitor’s woes with another try before fullback Lance Hohai got over in the 36th minute.

James Maloney was only able to convert two tries from five, but it was still plenty to have the Broncos head to the sheds at halftime heartbroken and with their tails between their legs.

Back from the break Hohai made it a match double scoring his second try of the night in the 49th minute, Maloney’s kick pushing them in front 30 – nil.

The Warriors’ final try of the night came from Ben Matulino in the 58th minute so they finished up with 36 points.

Brisbane were able to score one consolation try three minutes from time when Jharal Yow Yeh got over, but it did little to dent the damage as they head back home for what could very well be their final game of 2010.

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