Recording their first win of the season is a timely boost for the confidence of the Brisbane Broncos but it was the Mele Hufanga show in Townsville.
A four-try haul, equalling an NRLW record, saw Hufanga dominate and overpower her Cowboys’ opponents with every run.
The Broncos meant business from the get-go as they marched down the field on the opening set with Ali Brigginshaw grubbering ahead for Tazmin Gray to score her third try in two games.
The first of Hufanga’s tries came after a left-side raid that saw the centre show and go before racing over to score.
A first NRLW try then came for Toni Hunt who was on the receiving end of a lovely cut-out pass from Hayley Maddick to score in the corner.
The Cowboys would hit back when Kirra Dibb continued to show her class, laying on a beautiful short pass for Shellie Long to crash over.
When Dibb had a try of her own disallowed for failure to ground the ball, the momentum quickly shifted back into the hands of the Broncos.
It would be Hufanga’s second when five-eighth Gayle Broughton slid across field before firing a pass for the centre to hit the gap and score.
The Cowboys stayed in the hunt when April Ngatunpuna powered over next to the posts to score.
The Broncos again burst out of the blocks to start the second when Hufanga scored her third in similar style to her previous two.
The deadly left edge struck again as Broughton and Hufanga combined a second time for her fourth.
In complete control, the Broncos went down the right hand side this time that eventually saw Lauren Dam score out wide.
Brigginshaw would not be held off for long, though, as she produced a trademark try of hers, cutting inside, beating a defender and scoring.
Brisbane Broncos 40 (Hufanga 4, Gray, Hunt, Dam, Brigginshaw; Goals: Brigginshaw 4) def. North Queensland Cowboys 12 (Long, Ngatunpuna; Goals: Dibb 2).
NRL News NRLW Player of the Game
3. Mele Hufanga (BRI)
2. Francesca Goldthorp (NQL)
1. Ali Brigginshaw (BRI)