It lived up to the billing of an entertaining local derby and went down to the wire, with a late try to Justin Hodges getting the Brisbane Broncos over the line against the North Queensland Cowboys, as they took out the game 18-16 at 1300 Smiles Stadium.
With a cool, calm and collected head, Hodges took the line on and got outside his man, before showing his impressive strength to evade a defender and plant the ball down.
With the game evenly poised for the majority, it was the Broncos who raced out to a quick lead as their left side in attack was causing problems galore for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys never gave in, though, and fought their way back into the contest with some lovely plays and crafty moves, but it was ultimately not to be for them.
With the Cowboys gaining some ascendancy in the second half and forcing the Broncos to do a lot of defending, it was their effort and resolve that kept them in the game before eventually scoring the winning points.
“That’s facts on womens extenze ingrediants what got us home tonight,” said Broncos coach Anthony Griffin.
“The effects of our effort during that second half to keep ourselves within 4.”
The early enthusiasm and energy the Broncos showed was an aspect that pleased Griffin to get the ball rolling early on.
“It was great to get those first couple of tries – it gave us a great reward for some early field position.”
“You always knew though that it was not going to be enough, with the quality of their side able to come back at us.
Henry was honest in his assessment post-game despite the narrow margin, highlighting that his side’s right edge struggled in defence.
“I thought our right-edge struggled a bit with their left-edge attack, so I thought it was fairly costly,” said Cowboys coach Neil Henry.
“The flipside of that is our lost opportunities – double movements, early kicks and we had plenty of opportunities to score points but a couple of errors, brain explosions or just poor choices.”
“Ultimately, we paid for it.”
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