Was it divine intervention or was it merely destined that the Brisbane Broncos would win? Either way, it was the Broncos who won another riveting local derby, defeating the North Queensland Cowboys 24-20 at Suncorp Stadium.
In what is perhaps one of the more bizarre moments in rugby league, Cowboys prop Scott Bolton seemed all but certain to score only to be denied the by the goal post.
With the score 24-20 at the time, it would have won the match for the Cowboys. The goalpost had other ideas, however, as memes, jokes and comments reigned supreme post-match about the goalpost’s intervention.
Since 2015, the two Queensland sides have produced tremendously tense affairs, culminating in wins for both sides in see-sawing clashes.
The Cowboys got the ball rolling as a ricochet off Matt Lodge’s foot from Johnathan Thurston’s grubber was pounced upon my prop Jordan McLean.
The early running was all Cowboys, as they went up 8-0 and could have scored more, if not for some steely Broncos defence.
The Broncos then slowly hit back as three tries in nine minutes gave them the lead and the ascendancy.
It was Tevita Pangai Jr. who scored the first one, as he muscled his way over and trampled defenders to score.
The Broncos second try came fortuitously, as Andrew McCullough’s seemingly heavy kick stayed just inside the dead-ball line for Tom Opacic to score.
A third Broncos try was then scored by Alex Glenn following Corey Oates’ break down the sideline. The score at half-time read 18-8 in favour of the Broncos.
As is always the case with these games, though, a close finish was in order.
After Kodi Nikorima capitalised and scored off a James Roberts break, the Cowboys then hit back with two tries of their own.
First, it was the Thurston and Gavin Cooper connection as the back-rower hit a huge hole for his second try of the year.
Thurston then found himself at dummy half and laid the ball on a silver platter for Jake Granville to glide over.
That pivotal moment with the goalpost arose and, as they say, the rest is history.
Player of the Game:
3. Tevita Pangai Jr.
2. Johnathan Thurston
- James Roberts