With JT leaving early on in the game, the Cowboys were left with relative inexperience in the halves but they still performed admirably.
It was Broncos young gun Matt Gillett who perhaps has his best game of the year scoring two tries despite playing out of position at centre. AFL bound Israel Folau also scored twice, to increase his try tally for the year.
The Broncos weren’t without their own concerns however after influential play-maker Darren Lockyer went off clutching his ribs in the 60th minute.
Known as the traditional QLD derby, it wasn’t without controversy either and a good old fashioned fight like the good old days.
It all started when Bronco Josh McGuire worked Ty Williams around in a tackle prompting hooker Anthony Watts to come over and rush in as the third man.
As Watts wrestled with McGuire, boom Cowboys forward James Tamou also rushed in and delivered a punch to the side McGuire’s head, before Sam Thaiday returned the favour on Tamou.
As a result, all three players (Watts, Tamou and Thaiday) were sin-binned, but Tamou will come under the most scrutiny for his part in the fight.
It was at this point of the game that the floodgates appeared to open with the Broncos racing out to a 24-8 lead at half-time courtesy of the Cowboys being down to just 11 men.
The Cowboys never gave up though and fought valiantly till the end but fell up short. 2011 will be the year to watch out for the Cowboys.
The Broncos keep plugging away with their young side and are many people’s darkhorses to challenge for the title this year.