Staggs the man as Broncos beat Rabbitohs in close affair

Promising Brisbane Broncos centre Kotoni Staggs

Led by the forward pack, it was Brisbane Broncos centre Kotoni Staggs who benefited most with a hat-trick against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Proving themselves resilient in defence and potent in attack, the Broncos held on for a 22-18 victory.

The win puts the Broncos 2-0 on the season but the talking is all about Staggs and that forward pack.

It would be the Broncs who started the more lively of the two sides, with that man Staggs opening the scoring.

Soon after, Anthony Milford spotted the gap and went for it, showing deceptive strength to score.

The boot of Jamayne Isaako was off as the Broncos went up 8-0.

The Rabbitohs would soon hit back, as Campbell Graham finally got his try off a Cody Walker cut-out pass.

A second Rabbitohs try followed soon after, with Walker scoring one of his own and holding off defenders to plant the ball.

A successful Reynolds conversion and a penalty goal, then put them up 12-10.

The second half then quickly became the Kotoni Staggs show.

He gave the Broncos the lead againĀ  when he carried defenders over the line and burrowed over to score.

And mere minutes later, his hat-trick was complete.

This time, he backed up a pass from Jamil Hopoate and just ran through some tired Rabbitohs defence to score under the posts.

It was left to the Rabbitohs to go into all out attack mode and they pulled one try back.

That was via Alex Johnston who grubbered ahead and found that his kick had ricocheted off a Bronco, and into his hands for a score.

That was close as the Rabbitohs would come, however, with the Broncos holding on for a deserved victory.

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