Clinical Broncos too hot for Roosters to handle

Their defense again won them the game, though their second-half streak is broken – though that would no longer matter to the Broncos, as they were far too good for a Roosters side that was spirited, but just lacked the final punch.

Young back Dale Copley was one of the stars for the Broncos, as he scored two tries, in a performance that is sure to see him retain his spot in the coming weeks.

In what were atrocious conditions at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford, the match never left the Broncos grasp, as they were simply too good for the Roosters in every facet of the game.

The weather just did not go away, as 8,616 fans braced themselves for the torrential downpour, with the Broncos coping a lot better with the poor weather than the Roosters.

The night was only made worse for the Roosters, when promising second-rower Tom Symonds, injured again, this time, with an ankle injury.

The Roosters poor ball-control let them down, and it was a punishing display from Broncos captain Darren Lockyer, as his kicking game was simply too hot to handle.

The Roosters were kept scoreless by a strong Broncos defence until the 67th minute, but by that time, the game was well and truly over.

Roosters coach Brian Smith admitted that his side was dependent on the second-half breeze to get them home, but that worked to no avail, and he accepted the Broncos as the better side in the conditions.

“They played a brand of footy that suited the occasion with the wet weather particularly well. I take my hat off to them,” he said.

“I think you’d have to give Brisbane a lot of credit for the way they came out after halftime and kept at it and I certainly was counting on that wind advantage in the second half.

“(Lockyer) was just pulling the strings on the back end of that particularly well. He is what he is and what he’s been for a long time.”

Broncos coach Anthony Griffin was full of praise for his side, and their clinical performance.

“We showed some really good attitude out there tonight to get down and get dirty and do what we had to do to win the game,” he said.

“It was a really good win tonight.”

Dally M Points

3 Darren Lockyer

2 Dale Copley

1 Ben Hannant

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