The Good Friday clash has turned into a great day for the Brisbane Broncos and Darren Lockyer, as they proved far too strong for the Wests Tigers, winning 31-18 at the SFS.

Whilst the Broncos impregnable defence in the second half was breached, they showed that their attack is just as capable of winning them games, and this game showed that.

The Broncos looked to have the game wrapped up, before a surge from the Tigers brought them back into the game, but they just lacked the juice in the tank, and the Broncos kicked away once more.

The entire week, the clash had been built up to be a battle of titanic proportions between five-eighths Darren Lockyer and Benji Marshall, but the old master simply outshone the younger Marshall who failed to make any real impact.

Tigers coach Tim Sheens conceded that his side simply gave the Broncos too much time on the ball, and far too many opportunities during the course of the game.

“We played a lot of football under pressure, we gave Lockyer too many shots at us near the line, that’s always going to hurt you,” Sheens said.

“They worked us over, no excuses – blokes missed tackles they shouldn’t have missed

“They just bent us and bent us and bent us – they were starting sets 30 metres off their own line most of the night, it made it easy for their forwards.”

Anthony Griffin, the Broncos coach, had mixed reactions about his sides performance this week.

Whilst he was pleased at the way they regrouped in the last 15 minutes or so, he was disappointed at the fact that they let the Tigers back into the game.

“I thought we were loose – particularly when Lui scored,” Griffin said.

“That’s something we haven’t conceded this year is soft points … they were coming to get us at that stage … Locky’s play was a big play for us.”

Dally M Points

3 Darren Lockyer

2 Peter Wallace

1 Tim Moltzen

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