Brisbane’s second-half defence shines through again

Their 5th consecutive second-half shut-out, has led the Brisbane Broncos to a 17-6 win over the Newcastle Knights in their clash at Suncorp Stadium last night.

The Broncos are yet to concede a try in 200 mins of second-half football this season, with a penalty goal against the Titans being the only points that they have conceded in the second-half.

The Knights, had three tries disallowed in a short period of time by video referee Chris Ward, in the space of three minutes.

Richie Fa’aoso, Joel Edwards and Adam McDougall were the players in question – with a forward pass, being held up, and a knock-on respectively.

The game was still wide open, until the Broncos inspirational captain Darren Lockyer kicked a field goal, before the win was sealed after Jack Reed scored his second try of the game.

In a term that is not heard very often, Knights coach Rick Stone concedes that his club “had their pants pulled down”, after Reed scored in the second minute of the match for the Broncos.

Whilst Stone refused to make excuses for his team’s performance, he believes that the Gidley forward pass to deny Fa’aoso a try was a harsh call.

“That was a fair pass,” said Stone.

Knights captain Kurt Gidley shared similar sentiments as his coach.

“I thought it was fine,” he said.

“You have a fair idea when you throw the ball (if it’s forward).

“I was going sideways when I threw it and we were coming home strongly.”

Despite the win, Broncos coach Anthony Griffin was not getting carried away, despite another flawless second-half.

“In the end we got four tries to one,” he said.

“We don’t want to get into the habit of keep testing it (second half defence).”

Lockyer, who had a try disallowed himself said that the club’s wins are built on their character, but he could not remember the last time a team had conceded no tries in 5 consecutive second-halves.

“I can’t recall doing that before, but I’m sure it will be broken,” he said.

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