The Broncos minus big names Darren Lockyer and Karmichael Hunt still flexed plenty of muscle to totally smash the Cowboys and condemn them to 3 straight losses for the 2008 NRl season.
Again it was the silky skills and promise of Peter Wallace who orchestrated the majority of Brisbaneâ€™s attack, he was ably supported by strong performances from PJ Marsh, Sam Thaiday and a spirited Ben Hannant.The massive Suncorp crowd of 50,612 were kept entertained by numerous big hits from both sets of forwards, with Hannant showing tremendous courage to play on after being knocked senseless from the first tackle of the match.
The Cowboys opened the scoring through a Johnathan Thurston penalty goal in the 7th minute, but that was to be the last bit of joy for the visitors for the night.
Hannant was ‘johnny on the spot’ in the 31st minute when he crossed for his side’s opening four pointer, with the hulking prop falling on a spilt bomb to score.
The home team was able to cross twice more before the break, with Marsh and Darius Boydâ€™s tries handing Brisbane a commanding 18-2 half-time lead.
The game was good as over when Brisbane winger Reece Robinson scored his sideâ€™s fourth try in the 48th minute, with the rookie winger capitalising on good lead up work to score his first try in the NRL
Further tries to Steve Michaels and Tonie Carroll completed the rout, with the Broncos seemingly holding onto the number one position on the table for the third consecutive week.
The Broncos will now travel to Olympic Park next Friday night to tussle with defending premiers the Melbourne Storm, whilst the Cowboys will try to regroup in time for their tussle with the Parramatta Eels next Saturday night.
Brisbane Broncos 36
Tries: Ben Hannant, PJ Marsh, Darius Boyd, Reece Robinson, Steve Michaels, Tonie Carroll
Goals: Peter Wallace 3, Michael Ennis 3
North QLD Cowboys 2
Goals: Johnathan Thurston
At Suncorp Stadium
Referee â€“ Ben Cummins
Crowd – 50,612