Broncos beat injury-hit Tigers 20-10

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    A disappointing night on the scoreboard was compounded by a night of carnage in the casualty ward for Wests Tigers with new halfback Tim Moltzen suffering a season-ending knee injury in a 20-10 loss to Brisbane at Campbelltown.

    Already without a host of players including star playmaker Benji Marshall due to injury, the Tigers lost Chris Lawrence to a hamstring strain in the first half before Moltzen ruptured his ACL an hour into the contest.

    Completing the horror run, centre Blake Ayshford was taken from the field with a suspected broken leg with six minutes to go, the Tigers forced to play out the game with just 12 players having already used all their interchanges.

    The biggest loss though is Moltzen, the new No.7 who was writhing in pain as Broncos centre Justin Hodges did his best to comfort the 24-year-old and draw the attention of Tigers medical officials.

    Moltzen cut a shattered figure as he made his way off the ground having undergone a reconstruction on the same knee three years ago.

    Moltzen was the third man to wear the No.7 jumper for the Tigers in just seven games this season, coach Michael Potter fast running out of options after dumping youngster Jacob Miller.

    Despite the injury woes and a dismal first-half display, the Tigers somehow found themselves in the contest until the 75th minute when Hodges dived over from dummy half to end the home side’s resistance.

    It was a seemingly inconceivable prospect after the opening half-hour when the Broncos looked in cruise control in running up a 14-0 lead.

    The Tigers’ new-look right-edge defence of Moltzen and Lawrence was being badly exposed as first Corey Norman and then Matt Gillett twice scythed through to score, Parker taking over goal-kicking duties after Scott Prince missed his first two attempts.

    A try on the stroke of halftime put the Tigers back into the game when Robbie Farah worked a clever run-around to send Matt Utai over, and they were almost within touching distance only for Sauaso Sue to be denied for a double movement.

    The Tigers did get to within four points when Shaun Spence touched down after Norman allowed a Farah kick to bounce in his own in-goal, the ball bouncing off the cross-bar and being fumbled by Norman for the Tigers to get back into the contest.

    Asked about his options at halfback, Potter said:

    “I’ll scratch around on Monday.

    “Robbie (Farah) can play seven as well as nine.”

    Of 18-year-old halfback sensation Luke Brooks, who has played just six games in the under 20s as well an appearance for the NSW under 20s side that beat Queensland last weekend, Potter seemed hesitant to promote him to the top grade.

    “I’d have to talk to Todd (Tigers NYC coach Todd Payten) a bit more,” Potter said.

    “I’m not sure if he’s ready for that jump yet but he’d probably grab it with open arms and do his best and probably do an okay job.

    “I want to get him physically ready, otherwise he’s going to be a real target just with that step up.”

    Broncos skipper Sam Thaiday said the two competition points were the biggest thing to take out of the game for his side after a lacklustre performance.

    He admitted the Broncos would need to improve significantly for next week’s tussle with South Sydney at Suncorp Stadium.

    © AAP 2018

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    The Crowd Says (12)

    • April 28th 2013 @ 8:08am
      Tiger Fan said | April 28th 2013 @ 8:08am | ! Report

      Realistically the Tigers are gone in 2013. They should start putting a young team on the field in preparation for 2014. Yes they will get beaten nearly every week but the experience to the young players would be a massive bonus.

    • April 28th 2013 @ 9:06am
      The eye said | April 28th 2013 @ 9:06am | ! Report

      Realistically the Broncos are gone in 2013.They threw nothing at the Tigers in the 2nd half very disappointing performance.

    • April 28th 2013 @ 9:22am
      Lou said | April 28th 2013 @ 9:22am | ! Report

      Spot on Eye !! There a rabble , fancy having to buy an ageing half back because there isn’t one throughout the entire state of QLD , , , There’s only one team that’s any good from the north and its made up mostly of southern based players , the canetoads is all they have left ,,, pity the fools

      • April 28th 2013 @ 12:25pm
        Roarsome said | April 28th 2013 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

        The Broncos are getting rid of their youth policy because they’re sick of pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into developing young talent only to see to help other teams in the comp. There aren’t too many clubs in the NRL that don’t have a player who started his career at the Broncos. Prince isn’t the answer, though they’ll start buying players just like everyone else.

    • April 28th 2013 @ 9:42am
      Matt said | April 28th 2013 @ 9:42am | ! Report

      Lol, as if either team will win the premiership. If the Broncos can make the semi’s, I’d consider that a good season. Surely they’re well under the salary cap, their roster is lacking vs Sharks, Storm, Roosters etc, who seem to have signed a ton of expensive players.

    • April 28th 2013 @ 1:01pm
      oikee said | April 28th 2013 @ 1:01pm | ! Report

      You have to feel for the young Tigers players.
      The Broncos one out 5 hit-ups and a kick just got them home. have shown the lack of superstars in this Broncos outfit.
      I it was not for Hodges one-out runs from dummy half, i think we might have got rolled.
      This club should be forking out 1 million for Tomkins from the UK,.
      Lucky to get home. Again, the Tigers were unlucky to lose a few players.
      Another team in Brisbane will shake this team up. They have now evolved into some sort of robot team, that is programed to run 5 times and then kick.

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      April 28th 2013 @ 3:17pm
      Elijah Weightman said | April 28th 2013 @ 3:17pm | ! Report

      Every year it seems as though one team gets destroyed by injuries. In 2010 it was the Cowboys. This year it’s the Tigers turn. Don’t fret though Tiger’s fans, you have had a good ride the past several and things will improve when your key players return. Your team put up a brave performance given the circumstances. As for the Broncos, well they are truly a fallen empire. I won’t say any more.

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