Brisbane have continued their charge to a finals appearance after a workmen-like 22-12 win over the Parramatta Eels in front of 24,607 fans at Suncorp Stadium.
Most had written the Brisbane Broncos off in making the finals series after the injury to Justin Hodges last Sunday afternoon. In his stead though, a young fullback stepped up to dominate the lowly Eels.
It was an unlikely source that crossed first though as Josh McGuire followed his hooker on a quick play-the-ball to go over untouched. Brisbane looked to have not missed a beat even missing Hodges.
Parramatta had to look to their own marquee man, Jarryd Hayne for their inspiration. He drifted across field before finding centre Ryan Morgan who slammed it down for the four pointer.
The Broncos produced a quickfire double salvo to crush the spirits of the young Eels just after the half hour. Josh Hoffman creating a try from nothing when he poked his nose through the line and Corey Oates continuing his impressive start to his NRL career to put them out to 16-6.
Brisbane were at it again in the second half putting another simple backline movement together to put Jack Reed in for the try that sealed the game. The Broncos were continuing their unlikely charge to the finals and Parramatta were a speed bump on that road.
Maitua clawed back some respectability late on when he showed glimpses of his early career form to beat two men on his way to the tryline. Tonight though was all about Brisbane and another two points on the board.
Brisbane Broncos 22 Parramatta Eels 12
Venue: Lang Park
Halftime Score: Brisbane Broncos 16-6
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Josh Hoffman
2 points - Scott Prince
1 point - Ben Hannant
BRISBANE BRONCOS (22)
Tries: Josh McGuire, Corey Oates, Josh Hoffman, Jack Reed
Conversions: Scott Prince (3/4)
PARRAMATTA EELS (12)
Tries: Ryan Morgan, Reni Maitua
Conversions: Jake Mullaney (2/2)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Interchange: 14. Peter Wallace 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Lama Tasi 17. Nick Slyney 18. Scott Anderson 19. Jarrod Wallace
1. Jake Mullaney 2. Ken Sio 3. Ryan Morgan 4. Ben Roberts 5. Vai Toutai 6. Jarryd Hayne (C) 7. Luke Kelly 8. Tim Mannah (C) 9. Matt Keating 10. Fuifui Moimoi 11. Reni Maitua 12. Mitch Allgood 13. Darcy Lussick
Interchange: 14. Joseph Paulo 15. Peni Terepo 16. Pat O’Hanlon 17. Junior Paulo 18. Brayden Wiliame 19. Daniel Harrison
BRI: Only one change for the home side as Scott Anderson and Nick Slyney drop off with Jarrod Wallace onto the bench.
Scored by Josh McGuire. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
TRY Broncos! Scott Prince sucks in some markers on the previous play allowing the quick play-the-ball and pass from McCullough to McGuire to send the prop forward over untouched! Prince converts.
Brisbane Broncos 6-0
Scored by Ryan Morgan. Conversion attempt by Jake Mullaney successful.
Jarryd Hayne doing his best dancing with the stars, as he stepped across the defensive line before he found Morgan who slams it down hard for the TRY. Mullaney from the sideline, never looked like missing.
Scored by Corey Oates. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince unsuccessful.
Now the Broncos made them pay! Hannant started the movement with his offload with quick hands finding Corey Oates over in the corner. Sideline kick for Prince here misses.
Brisbane Broncos 10-6
Scored by Josh Hoffman. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Where did that come from? Hoffman like a good fullback was sniffing around the ruck and went straight through, rounding Mullaney to score! Prince adds two more.
Brisbane Broncos 16-6
Scored by Jack Reed. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Broncos heap further misery onto the Eels with a lovely backline movement - Jack Reed finishing it off with a big dive! Another tough assignment for Prince but he passes with flying colours.
Brisbane Broncos 22-6
Scored by Reni Maitua. Conversion attempt by Jake Mullaney successful.
That was all Maitua there - he stepped once, twice and was over! A nice reward for the effort the Eels have shown in this second half. Mullaney converts.
Brisbane Broncos 22-12