It was a tight-knit affair the entire way through, but the Brisbane Broncos held on, as they took their winning streak to seven, to sit atop the NRL ladder after 8 rounds.

The Broncos were clinical in most respects, but it was their kick and chase game that worked wonders for them, as they just refused to give the Dogs any time and space when fielding kicks.

With the game being played in front of just over 30,000 fans, the Broncos win equalled their best start to an NRL season in almost a decade.

The win was made all the more special for the Broncos, given that the Bulldogs were somewhat of a bogey team for the Broncos at Suncorp, with the Dogs having won 7 of the last 9 clashes at the venue, between the two sides.

In his debut for the Bulldogs, things could not have started any better for Michael Lett, when he crossed the line and scored a try for the Bulldogs.

This was nullified however, when a brain explosion by Lett, allowed Copley to score for the Broncos, that gave the ascendancy to the QLD outfit.

The Bulldogs refused to cave in however, and they got themselves back into the contest, courtesy of a try to fullback Ben Barba, but no more points were scored after that by either side.

Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore again expressed his irritation with the refs, this time saying that referee Gavin Badger should have gone upstairs in the 47th minute to confirm Gerard Beale’s try.

“It wasn’t a try,” he said after the loss.

“It was just a reckless, careless decision.

“I expect them to go up (video ref) and have a look when it’s contentious.”

For Broncos coach Anthony Griffin, he saw the half-time break as much needed for his side, as the Bulldogs gained the momentum heading into the break.

“We needed halftime,” he said.

“But when we had to lift in the last 20 minutes we definitely went up a gear and picked up our line speed in defence.”

Dally M Points

3 Darren Lockyer

2 Peter Wallace

1 Gerard Beale

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