The Brisbane Broncos have run riot over the hapless Gold Coast Titans 32 – 6 tonight in front of 34,596 fans at Suncorp Stadium.
In what was largely a stop-start contest, the Broncos were able to control the game from start to finish, being able to ward off a half-hearted comeback attempt by the Titans shortly after half time.
The Broncos got the whitewash under way with an early try in the 4th minute to a sprinting Josh Hoffman. The try came off the back of a poor kick from Aiden Sezer, in which the ball cannoned off the back of Nate Myles and back to Sezer. It was deemed to be acceidental offside and the Broncos took the ball wide early. Corey Norman managed to suck in multiple defenders and threw the final cut out pass to Hoffman to score in the corner.
Shortly after, Sam Thaiday surprised the Titans defence to sprint from dummy half and cut through the defensive line to stroll over for a try right next to the posts. With Corey Parkers successful conversion, the Broncos were ahead of the clock, with 12 points after only 11 minutes.
In the 21st minute, the Broncos extended the lead with a kick for goal from a series of penalties through Corey Parker.
It was hard to tell if the Titans were trying to show aggression or desperation in what turned out to be a shower of penalties against the away team. 5 from 10 penalties in the first half came from high tackles and the referees had enough of warning players and sent Greg Bird to the sin bin in the 32nd minute for repeated infringements. Dave Taylor was very lucky to escape the same fate as he was penalised shortly after for yet another high tackle.
In the 35th minute Jack Reed crossed for the Broncos 3rd try of the night in what turned out to be quite acrobatic for a backrower turned centre. Reed managed to plant the ball on the corner of the in goal as he went flying over the sideline. Parker converted to continue his perfect record for the night.
6 minutes after the half time break saw the Titans cross for their first of the evening through David Mead. Jamal Idris was able to push off a couple of defenders and get an offload to Albert Kelly, who made a big break down the field. He stepped the fullback and was able to get a free arm around the tackler to hit Mead running in for a try under the posts.
Several errors were made in the middle part of the second half before the Titans again were penalised right in front of their own try line. Parker took the opportunity to add points to the team total to extend the lead to 26-6.
In the 62nd minute Lachlan Maranta was able to score after debutante Jake Granville went down the short side from dummy half. He put in a perfectly placed grubber which bounced favourably for Maranta and he was in next to the posts. He was unlucky to add to his try scoring total 8 minutes from full time as video replays showed he had his foot on the line as he planted the football.
The Broncos will face the Bulldogs next week in Sydney on Friday night, while the Titans will travel to Mudgee to take on the Eels next Sunday.