It was a bruising contest in some rather poor conditions, but the Brisbane Broncos came away with a nail-biting 10-8 win over the New Zealand Warriors, at Suncorp Stadium.
It was a defensive onslaught, with both teams grinding out set after set, on the back of their defence – with Broncos lock Corey Parker leading all players with a monumental 55 tackles.
The Warriors nearly stole the match in the last seconds though, as some razzle dazzle first down the right touchline from inside their own half, followed by a well placed Maloney kick – almost resulted in a try.
The game could have been different, had it not been for Maloney’s off night with the boot – with the Warriors five-eighth unable to convert any of his conversions or penalties.
Although the win was not pretty by any means, Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin was pleased with his sides win, with injuries and players out of position especially.
“It was a tremendous effort; they had eight more completed sets than us and, in those conditions, to defend like we did was outstanding,” said Griffin.
The only downside for the Broncos, was a suspected broken leg for winger Dale Copley, with the young winger to have scans today.
“He’ll have scans tomorrow, but it looks a very similar injury to Jack Reed’s,” said Griffin.
Warriors coach Brian McClennan was disappointed with the loss, but labelled the game as a “war of attrition”.
“We feel we’re a good football side,” McClennan said.
“We didn’t get the money tonight. That’s hugely disappointing.”