Brisbane roll on to fifth NRL win

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    Brisbane shrugged off a week of judiciary dramas and the late withdrawal of star half Peter Wallace to record a fifth straight NRL win over Canberra on Friday night.

    The Raiders’ 30-6 loss was made even more painful due to the half-time loss of skipper Terry Campese with suspected medial ligament damage.

    One of several players being considered by coach Ricky Stuart for the NSW Origin five-eighth job, Campese will have scans on Monday.

    His latest knee injury however is not as serious as that suffered in 2010 with initial indications he could be out for two to four weeks.

    Brisbane took the field without Wallace (groin) and Ben Te’o, who was suspended on Wednesday night for two matches, but their absence was barely noticeable as young guns Ben Hunt and man-of-the-match Corey Norman, who continues to improve with every game, produced outstanding performances in the halves.

    The Raiders were on the job early with forward Joe Picker winning a scramble to halfback Josh McCrone’s fourth-minute grubber for a 6-0 lead.

    But the Green Machine ran out of fuel early as Brisbane piled on tries to Sam Thaiday (19th minute), Ben Hannant (28th), Matt Gillett (35th) and Norman (39th) for a 20-6 half-time lead.

    With Campese out of action, a Canberra recovery was always going to be difficult.

    It became impossible when Hunt was rewarded with a long range try in the 53rd minute, set up by a weaving run out of dummy half by centre Justin Hodges, who evaded four defenders before off-loading.

    Utility Gillett put more pressure on Australian selectors to pick him for the Test against New Zealand with two classy passages of play late in the first half.

    The first displayed his footwork and strength in beating hooker Glen Buttriss and fullback Reece Robinson for his fourth try of the season.

    The second, a last ditch flick pass for the first of Norman’s two tries, was even better.

    Hunt and Norman, who had played a lot together in Brisbane’s Under-20 side, combined superbly with Hunt making the most of his opportunity to shine in Wallace’s absence.

    Canberra late inclusion Joel Thompson was put on report in the 48th minute for a swinging arm in a tackle which missed the mark and hit teammate Picker who finished with close to 50 tackles.

    Brisbane fullback Josh Hoffman sent a message to New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney with a tireless performance, clocking up 250 metres despite taking some heavy punishment.

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    • April 14th 2012 @ 7:12am
      oikee said | April 14th 2012 @ 7:12am | ! Report

      Red hot, the boys are playing beautifully. I cant believe how well this team is doing this year. Goes to show you have to take a hit one or two seasons to allow the youth to develop.
      The other 2 teams i am impressed with this year are the warriors and Eels. I know i know, they are getting beaten, but gee whiz, i like what i am seeing with both these teams.
      The season has a long way to go, if either of those teams make the top 8, it could be interesting.
      Anyhow, onwards upwards for the Broncos, we suffered our 1st season of missing finals and are now very happy.
      Josh Hoffman must be a certain starter for NZ fullback, surely.

      • April 14th 2012 @ 12:44pm
        PLANKO said | April 14th 2012 @ 12:44pm | ! Report

        You started poorly and a better team would have put you away. Missing all those kicks would have also hurt you if you had been playing a contender ! I know you are going to carry on about injuries but everyone has them except for evil empire at Melbourne(insert sarcasim).. Ben hannant will not be in the test team they will pick a Gallen in the front row due to their being a lot of good second rowers and locks around.

    • April 14th 2012 @ 8:20am
      The Greatest Game Of All said | April 14th 2012 @ 8:20am | ! Report

      Corey Norman is going to be something special.

    • April 14th 2012 @ 10:08am
      Roarsome said | April 14th 2012 @ 10:08am | ! Report

      This has to be the Broncos year. In 2013 the vultures will be out and the Broncos will once again boost the stocks of other NRL clubs. There aren’t too many clubs that haven’t poached a Bronco in his prime.

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    • April 14th 2012 @ 10:32am
      Red Block said | April 14th 2012 @ 10:32am | ! Report

      What a joke. The Broncos get 7 days rest in between each game. The Raiders this week got 4 days to recover and then plan the downfall of the Broncos. The Broncos look better rested and more prepared than a leg weary Raiders outfit.
      Can you imagine the whinging out of the Broncos camp if the roles were reversed?
      Expect the Broncos to come back to the fold, later in the season when rep duties and the physical toll tells on their young squad. It is then that Lockyer will really be missed.

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      • April 14th 2012 @ 12:04pm
        oikee said | April 14th 2012 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

        And that is why we get looked after, i will do a quick count for you to see how many we might lose to rep duties .
        Hannet, Maybe Petro, Teo if he is not suspended, maybe Corey Parker, Alex Glenn to NZ along with Hoffman, Hodges and Reed if he desides to play for England, YehYoow got injured and Wallace maybe. Who else, maybe Beale, and Macguire all in contention.
        The point i am trying to make is the Broncos are ripe for the pickings of rep games, the NRL must allow for this because we get hammered with injuries and burn-out.
        Or do you just want us to be punished to the stage where we would be better off playing darts.
        If the Raiders were in this position, we would give them some leg-room, but lets face it, only a couple of their players might be picked.
        After last nights hammering, i dont know if you would pick any. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Sorry Sammy, glad i had 10 minutes to edit, i forgot about Thaiday night footy, Sammy.

        • April 15th 2012 @ 7:37pm
          jdubya said | April 15th 2012 @ 7:37pm | ! Report

          Aren’t you also admitting that by the Broncos being the only team in Brisbane (and dominating Queenlsand) is a massive advantage. What other team can claim to have as many rep stars as the Broncs every single year for decades?

          The league should not be set up to compensate for anything. Complaining that you have too many rep players is a bit rich.

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        April 14th 2012 @ 4:12pm
        Behold said | April 14th 2012 @ 4:12pm | ! Report

        So many people whinge about this 7 day turn around but Broncos aren’t getting the 8 or 9 day turn around that other clubs get. Which means that players can have an extended break or gives the team extra time with injured players. This has their pros and cons and consistent turn around isn’t always the best. We also havent played on a Sunday afternoon which the club prefers as it makes a better time slot for parents to take children to the games.

    • April 14th 2012 @ 12:11pm
      oikee said | April 14th 2012 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

      Oh Gawd, after whigning about Mcullock for the last 2 years, he also must be in the mix, as Laurie would say.
      Yes Roarsome, we might lose a few players, but they are all now signed for at least 2-3 years. So we get a prety good run outta this lot, and i think this could be the way the NRL pans out, bringing through a new group, blooding them for a couple of years, then 3 years of magic, then loss, and start again. Not a bad system as it keeps the comp even.
      And the Bronx, i just love my Bronx now, they can do no wrong, the coach is not bad either.

    • April 14th 2012 @ 12:34pm
      Ned said | April 14th 2012 @ 12:34pm | ! Report

      Loved the work of Nine in endlessly promoting its olympic coverage during the game. Even had the legend Lockyer sideline interviewing someone who knows nothing about footy but who is going to the olympics whilst the game was on. Absolutely shameless. Then there was some show called the viouce.

      As for the game, how many forward passes were missed by the umps from both teams and how long did canberra have to wait till its first penalty. Was the video ref really looking for a reason not to give the canberra try. Seemed Canberra didn’t come to the game with any plan of attack. Broncos were good but couldn’t take too much away from it apart from the points.

      • April 14th 2012 @ 1:21pm
        oikee said | April 14th 2012 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

        Mate, a bit harsh mate. That girl is olympic gold medilist, and a queenslander and a bronco fan. Gee whiz, glad you aint my favorite fan.
        Look, Canberra scored first, Lockyer said they werew flat, needed to lift, they got a penalty, ,lifted, and never looked back, as far as i could see, Canberra had no go forward, Leroy Shillo and Tilse were not on fire, mate Petro Hannet and co lifted, your boys did not seem to have the same effect, or do you want rugby league to sit around and give creampuffs a leg-up. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Ohhh, sinking the boot in now. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Look, you can get me back one year when your team lifts against my Bronx, but this year you look like you might not make the 8 or get the chance, bad luck son. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes it is only early, but the Bronx are looking good for top 8. Cheers.

        • April 14th 2012 @ 5:15pm
          Ned said | April 14th 2012 @ 5:15pm | ! Report

          Is she a swimmer or a runner or a netballer or hockey player, in fact I don’t care! I was watching the footy and Lockyer didn’t ask her any questions on the footy! Why can they not leave that crap until half time NOT during the game.

          And while I’m at it why does Nine have such a biased commentary team for broncos games, surely half of those watching are not one eyed broncos fans, so effectively Nine chooses to insult half their audience with its crass broncos fan club of callers. How hard is it to put an at least one neutral commentator on the team. This is something Fox Sports does so much better having a somewhat larger pool of (better) commentators.

          Anyway the broncos were good.

      • April 14th 2012 @ 6:41pm
        KSI said | April 14th 2012 @ 6:41pm | ! Report

        You must not know much. Since when do we call Referees “Umps” in Rugby League.

        • April 14th 2012 @ 7:29pm
          Ned said | April 14th 2012 @ 7:29pm | ! Report

          Really KSI, I think the “referees” get called all sorts of things!!! AND I bet I have packed into more scrums than you have had hot breakfasts!

          • April 15th 2012 @ 11:58am
            KSI said | April 15th 2012 @ 11:58am | ! Report

            I think you are right. I was a 5/8. Maybe that’s why you forgot. To many heads in scrums.

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