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    Broncos vs Roosters

    NRL, 18 May, 2018

    Suncorp Stadium
    Fulltime - Broncos 28, Roosters 22
    Broncos   Roosters
    28 FINAL SCORE 22
    5 TRIES 4
    Referee: Gerard Sutton
    Touch judges: Jeff Younis & Nick Beashel
    Video Referee: Ashley Klein

    The Brisbane Broncos are looking to bounce back from a last-start loss when they host the high-flying Sydney Roosters. Join The Roar from 7:55pm (AEST) for live scores and coverage.

    The Broncos fell victim to Manly last week, in an upset 38-24 win.

    Wayne Bennett is still struggling to find the perfect halves combination, with Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima refusing to gel, both favouring their running game as opposed to taking on the responsibility of organising structure in the Broncos’ attack.

    Despite losing, the Queensland club respond well to adversity and certainly won’t be out of the fight. While it will be a tough slog against the in-form Roosters, the Broncos have the experience required to challenge the opposition.

    As for the Roosters, they displayed their strength through the middle of the park last week, while Cooper Cronk helped to lay the platform in their 32-0 shutout of the Warriors in Auckland.

    While the Tricolours showed their ability to dominate up front, they still have room to improve in creating attacking structure. Despite some glimpses of brilliance by James Tedesco and Cronk last week, they have relied largely on their defensive efforts to get them over the line. Sio Siua Taukeiaho, Dylan Napa and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves must take charge of the middle and lay the platform for Luke Keary and Cronk to combine and create options for Latrell Mitchell to attack inside the opposition 20.

    A key battle also looms in the middle of the park, following Cameron Smith’s shock retirement from representative football, with Andrew McCullough and Jake Friend the leading candidates to replace Smith as the Queensland No.9.

    The Broncos and Roosters have shared some thrilling games in the past. Of 46 fixtures between the two capital city clubs, Brisbane have won 27 to Sydney’s 19 victories, with the home side also having the upper hand at Lang Park, scoring seven wins from 11 outings.

    The last time they played came in week one of last year’s finals, with the Roosters winning 24-22 at the Sydney Football Stadium, rewarding them with a week off.

    The Roosters will secure a hard-fought win over Brisbane.

    Roosters by 8.

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    • 11:24am
      Crosscoder said | 11:24am | ! Report

      The game is one of the reasons I follow rugby league,it had just about everything.Too many great moments and a couple, acts of stupidity, all wrapped in one package.
      Broncs deserved their win.

    • 12:41am
      thomas c said | 12:41am | ! Report

      Roberts try was something. and based on napa’s record for intelligence, I have no confidence he wouldn’t try and headbutt the opposition. I didn’t see the press conference, but if Robinson is mad about anything, it should be the number of errors (14). Scoring 2 more tries would have eliminated luck as a factor. Mitchell and Keery were really good at least in the first half. Mitchell’s got 10 kilos and a height advantage on roberts and most centres who don’t have a sir name of Inglis. Not a lot you can do about him about from limit space and stress the rooster’s game plan.

    • Roar Guru

      Matt H said | 12:36am | ! Report

      Brisbane without Gillett, Maguire, Glenn, Kahu, Bird, Haas. Opacek out in the first 5 minutes. Great effort to win that

    • Roar Guru

      Matt H said | 12:28am | ! Report

      There was so much to talk about there, but most importantly, WHAT A GAME OF FOOTBALL!

    • 12:03am
      Peter Phelps said | 12:03am | ! Report

      How do you like losing Cooper ?

      Must be a new feeling for him.

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 11:18pm | ! Report

      Bloody hell, what a night. Just finished my piece for tomorrow and didn’t even mentioned the armless headbutt. Strewth! Where does one start?

    • 11:14pm
      Concerned Observer said | 11:14pm | ! Report

      Well done Broncos, had their backs thrown against a wall last werk and turned it around ibto a win.

      Gould can sit there and whinge about Napa’s binning till the cows come home; doesn’t change two important points

      1. Poor display from Napa, sure he was unlucky but that’s what happens when you lead into a tackle like that, irrelevant if it was accidental, doesn’t make it not dangerous, or not lazy and wholly unnecessary at that point in the game

      2. Intensely poor showing from the roosters, should’ve won that based on the squad alone AND the injuries throughout brisbane but once again refuse to show the opposition or the ball the respect they deserved. Alas, 2/3 now

      • 7:13am
        Mike from Tari said | 7:13am | ! Report

        Once again Sutton has won a game for the Broncos, I didn’t care who won but a good game ruined by a wrong call and if you think Napa led with his head then you know nothing about footy.

        • 10:14am
          SteveSyd said | 10:14am | ! Report

          So the better team on the night was hard done by?
          Penalties 11-6 to the Roosters and Broncos 6 players out then 7 after 5 mins with bench down to 3.
          Go easy on those latte’s buddy.

        • 1:17pm
          Concerned Observer said | 1:17pm | ! Report

          clearly, if you care enough to say that a referee cost one team the game, you absolutely do care about who won. Also, a few angles show Napa angling in with his head, I’m sure it could go either way re: intention but what happened happened. The other important thing, and if you know a lot about tackling technique you’ll have naturally seen it; is that it doesn’t look like his arms were in a position to wrap around and make a tackle

          Which begs the question, what was Napa planning to do? A big hit? With 5 minutes to go and the game hanging in the balance you want to put on a big hit rather than locking down the ball carrier?

    • Roar Guru

      Rellum said | 11:12pm | ! Report

      Great hit near the end by Su’A.

      Amazing try by the Jet.

      Great try by Isaako.

      Great win and recovery.

    • 10:59pm
      Aw said | 10:59pm | ! Report

      Roosters are finished

    • Roar Guru

      Nat said | 10:56pm | ! Report

      That’ll do boys! 3-0 start tips, best start this season

      • Roar Rookie

        Matthew Pearce said | 11:19pm | ! Report

        Perfect start? How on earth did you manage that?

        … that said, I’d also be 3/3 if I’d kept the faith this week.

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