In a high quality contest, the Brisbane Broncos have defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 12-10 at Suncorp Stadium in front of over 42,000 fans.
Despite the low score, both sides threw everything at each other for eighty minutes, with defence the key for much of the duration. Brisbane struck first after 13 minutes, with Lachlan Maranta taking advantage of an overlap to cross in the corner.
The Cowboys struck back shortly after, with a similar tactic seeing them post their first points. Ash Graham went down the right side in the same fashion as his counterpart from the Broncos, and the scores were level at 4-all after a quarter of the match.
Both sides peppered each other for the remainder of the half, each forcing line drop-outs at different times before the Broncos struck on halftime. Josh Hoffman scored off a deft grubber from Jack Reed in the shadows of the break to give the hosts a four-point lead.
Great defence from both sides coupled with too much panic in attack saw neither side post points in the second half until the 58th minute, when the Cowboys ran the ball close to the line late in the tackle count, Clint Greenshields breaking through to score in his return to the NRL. Thurston's conversion saw the Cowboys pull in front by two.
Brisbane finally hit the front with nine minutes remaining, after sustaining several sets on their own line, they went up the other end and eventually Josh Hoffman beat the defence to score in the corner. In front by two from the try, the missed conversion from Prince was ultimately moot, as the Broncos did superbly well in defence for the remainder of the match. An error-prone final ten from the visitors ensured the Broncos would win this derby match.
The Telstra Premiership takes a week's break after this weekend - in the returning round at the end of April, the Cowboys host the Raiders in Townsville and the Broncos travel to Sydney to face the Tigers, both on Saturday 27 April.