The Brisbane Broncos, led by Albert Kelly, were too strong for the Sydney Roosters defeating them 34-16.
The game provided length of the field tries, a good old-fashioned back row battle between Victor Radley and Tevita Pangai Junior, and several players put on report.
The Broncos started extremely strong with a try disallowed to Pangai in the 5th minute.
However, he set up their first try with a nice offload to Dale Copley to score his first try in his second stint with the Brisbane Broncos.
Radley was sent to the sin bin a few minutes later due to a late shot on Albert Kelly.
Brisbane capitalized on the short numbers with David Mead crossing over in the corner.
When Radley returned, the Roosters dominated for a lengthy period with consecutive tries from Angus Crichton, Daniel Tupou and Sitili Topouniua to put them in front for the first time.
The Broncos took the lead again just before halftime after David Mead intercepted a Sam Walker pass and ran 95 meters to score.
The second half started off with another sin-binning to Victor Radley after a high shot on Pangai.
The Broncos once again took advantage when John Asiata beat James Tedesco to the ball and scored off an Albert Kelly kick.
In the 60th minute, Asiata sent Keenan Palasia through a hole with a great short ball which took the Broncos further in front.
The Broncos lost Matt Lodge and Tyson Gamble to send-offs, but they were still able to score another try through David Mead after Thomas Flegler picked up a loose ball.
The debut of Joseph Suaali was overshadowed by the Broncos heroics, but Roosters coach Trent Robinson said he thought he played well.
“It was a good start from Joe. He covered really well in defence and should be proud of his performance”, Robinson said.
coach Kevin Walters praised the performance from Pangai.
“We like to play to our strengths, and we see Tevita as one of our strengths.
“He was in the thick of a lot of things that were good about the Broncos as well”.
NRL News Player of the Game
3 – Tevita Pangai Jnr
2 – Albert Kelly
1 – David Mead