The St George Illawarra Dragons hosted the Brisbane Broncos on Thursday Night Footy to kickoff Round 13.
The Dragons entered the matchup with a 5-7 record at 8th place while the Broncos had a 3-9 record at 15th on the ladder.
The Broncos would be the first to crack the scoreboard.
7 minutes in and 20 metres out, Albert Kelly grubbered early in the set for David Mead to dive on it and score.
Jamayne Isaako nailed the sideline conversion to make the lead 6-0.
5 minutes later, the Dragons would hit back. Jack Bird ran away with a 40-metre effort to score against his former side.
Corey Norman kicked the goal to level the scores at 6-all.
20 minutes in, the Dragons took the lead. Ben Hunt gave a short ball for Brayden Wiliame who broke four tackles to run away and score.
Norman kicked another goal to make the lead 12-6.
However, only 5 minutes later, the Broncos would be back on the goal line.
Kelly took it to the defensive line and gave a short ball for TC Robati to crash over for his first NRL try.
Isaako converted to level the scores at 12-all.
A few minutes later, the same combination would strike again. Kelly poked his nose through and offloaded for Robati to score his first-ever NRL double.
Isaako added another 2 to make the lead 18-12.
However, the very next set for the Dragons, they would strike again. Matt Dufty threw a cutout ball for Gerard Beale to dive over.
Norman added the conversion to level it at 18-all.
30 seconds from halftime, the Broncos knocked on at their own 30.
Norman kicked through from the scrum and a brain snap from Isaako allowed Dufty to pounce on it.
Norman converted to make the lead 24-18 at the halftime break.
5 minutes after halftime, the Dragons forced a goal-line dropout.
As Poasa Faamausili returned the dropout, he was hit high by TC Robati.
Robati was sin-binned and the Broncos were reduced to 12 men.
On the following set, the Dragons would take advantage. Dufty threw a cutout ball for Cody Ramsey to dive over in the left corner.
Norman converted to make the lead 30-18.
A few minutes later, the Dragons would be on the goal line again. Dufty gave a short ball for Josh Kerr to crash over and score.
Norman maintained his perfect record to make the lead 36-18.
5 minutes later, on the goal line again, Dufty threw a cutout ball for Mikaele Ravalawa to power over in the corner.
Norman missed his first goal of the night for the lead to remain at 40-18.
With 15 minutes left, Ben Hunt darted in to score against his former side. Norman added another 2 to make the lead 46-18.
Following this try, Isaako was hooked from the game.
With 10 minutes left, the Broncos would finally get a try of their own.
Tyson Gamble grubbered for Jesse Arthars to score. Gamble converted to lower the deficit to 46-24.
Nearing the final buzzer, Hunt chipped for Josh Kerr to take it. Kerr offloaded for Hunt to get into open space.
Hunt found Dufty on the inside for his second try. Jack Bird added the 2 to end the game with a 52-24 victory.
The Dragons have defeated the Broncos 52-24 at Kogarah and climbed to 6th spot on the ladder.
Next week, the Dragons will look to win their second in a row as they play the Bulldogs on Monday Footy.
Meanwhile, the Broncos head to Canberra as they look to end a two-game losing slump.
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