Broncos pip Titans in Wynnum trial

Brisbane Broncos Gold Coast Titans NRL Trial 2009The Broncos started life after Wayne Bennett in the best possible fashion with a close 24-18 win over the Titans at Kougari Oval, Wynnum on Saturday.

Showcasing new recruits, Ben Te’o and Lagi Setu – the new Brisbane boys didn’t disappoint, with Te’o scoring an imposing late try to get the Broncos home in a close one..

Such was the form shown by Te’o and Setu in the trial, they are believed to have firmed as starting backrowers for the Broncos in 2009.

A local crowd of several thousand were on hand to witness an exciting match, where the lead changed many times as both sides struggled to dominate consistently.

Rookie centre Esi Tonga was a standout for the Titans, the little brother of former Queensland centre Willie Tonga, got the Titans in front 12-10 just before the half time break.

The Titans had several chances to extend their lead, but the Broncos defence was impressive; big Dave Taylor pulling off a classic cover tackle at one stage to keep things in order for the Brisbane side.

Titans forward Brad Meyers got a try against his old club, pulling off a basic hit and spin to get over the line early in the piece.

Aaron Gorrell was another who performed well for the Broncos, the new face kicking astutely in the match. Setting up several point scoring chances for the Brisbane team.

New Titans recruit Ian Lacey had an unhappy night against his former club, the stocky hooker leaving the field after only 5 minutes after slitting his cheek open badly.

There were several players up against their old club, with human headline Chris Walker having a solid return to the game from a massive layoff.

Walker was denied a try very late in the match, but got through the entire game without a hitch. Walker not having played Rugby League in nearly 2 years.

Rookie Brisbane wingers made a name for themselves and will be players to watch in 2009, keep an eye out for Antonio Winterstein and Jharal Yow Yeh who may get a shot at first grade.

Standouts for the Gold Coast, were no. 7 Brad Davis with other rookies Esi Tonga and Brad Meyers both playing admirably in the early season trial.

Former Storm fringe forward Sam Tagataese could be a good recruit for the Gold Coast in 2009, having some good touches and proving a handful for the Broncos during the game.

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