Brisbane Broncos winger Jamayne Isaako.

Was it contentious or should we applaud the refs for making a call in golden point? Either way, the Brisbane Broncos have ended the Wests Tigers undefeated run, winning 9-7 in golden point.

Playing at Campbelltown Stadium in front of a raucous home crowd, the Tigers faithful were up in arms when Robbie Rochow was penalised for not being square at marker.

Attempting to block a possible field goal attempt, the penalty meant the Broncos had a chance to go for goal.

From there, unsung winger Jamayne Isaako kicked the winning goal to give the Broncos the win.

As the teams initially traded penalty goals, steely defensive resolve was the name of the game in this one.

With the Tigers clinging onto a 6-4 lead, it was Isaako who slotted a penalty goal and then a field goal to give the Broncos a 7-6 lead.

In a scoreline you do not see often in rugby league, Tigers halfback Luke Brooks slotted one of his own to make it 7-all.

The loss denied the Tigers the chance to win their opening three matches. Had they done so, it would have been the first time they started a season with three wins in the club’s history.

The Tigers must be applauded for their new approach to the game and Ivan Cleary deserves credit.

This time last year, after three rounds, they had conceded 100 points. This coincided with the sacking of coach Jason Taylor.

In 2018 after three rounds, the Tigers have conceded just 25 points.

Despite their first loss of the season, the Tigers grittiness and resilience is a big part of their newfound resolve.

Cleary was left puzzled by the golden point penalty given by the referees.

”No. No I don’t,” he said when asked if it should have been a penalty,” the baffled Tigers coach said.

”It’s one thing to give penalties in golden point, which historically just don’t [happen]. And the other one is was it a penalty? I actually don’t think it was.

”Look, we all make mistakes, but that’s a big one. You can tell by the way the Broncos guys reacted it’s almost like they were embarrassed to win.

It throws golden point in a whole new light. A draw’s probably a fair result. Unfortunately ,not tonight.”

Man of the moment Isaako said he practiced his kicking and backed himself to produce big moments.

‘At the time I copped a cork being dragged out at the end,” Isaako said.

”But I said I’d cop one for the team and I’m grateful to have been able to knock it over and get the win. It’s definitely something I like to pride myself on, my kicking.

”I come from a rugby background and growing up I idolised Dan Carter. Being here in Brisbane, definitely in my spare time I like to get out and practice my kicking.”

Player of the Game:

3. Jamayne Isaako

2. Russell Packer

  1. Korbin Sims

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