Dragons send Broncos packing

Brisbane Broncos were overwhelming favourites going into this match and the Dragons coming into this finals series low on confidence.

Both sides took early shots at penalty goals in the opening 15 minutes as the Broncos held a slim 4-2 lead early.

Kodi Nikorima split the Dragons defence in the 15th minute and drew Dufty in and passed to a supporting David Fifita to go in untouched under the posts. Jamayne Isaako converted the Try and the Broncos held a hand 10-2 lead.

A minute later Tariq Sims made 2 huge plays. One a tackle that jolted the ball free in the set after the Broncos scored and his second a try off a Ben Hunt ball that drew a couple of defenders in allowing Sims to score next to the posts. Gareth Widdop converted and Broncos lead 10-8

From here the Dragons put their foot on the Broncos throat with tries to Leeson Ah Mau and Tariq Sims completing a first half hattrick and with Gareth Widdop converting all the tries the Dragons went into the half time break with a commanding 28-10 lead.

The second half opened with the Dragons showing promising signs but they could convert a couple of early opportunities letting the Broncos off the hook.

In the 48th minute a set play perfected well saw Tim Lafai burn James Roberts and carry him over the line to score a Try. Gareth Widdop converted and Dragons lead 34-10.

The Broncos scored a couple of tries within 5 minutes to Darius Boyd and Kodi Nikorima but Jamayne Isaako couldn’t convert them and the Dragons held a 34-18 lead.

The Dragons hooker Cameron McInness got out of dummy half in the 68th minute and put a deft little kick into the in-goal and Luciano Leilua pounced on it and scored a win sealing Try. Gareth Widdop gave the kicking duties to rookie Zac Lomax and he converted to bring the Dragons to a 40-18 lead.

Matt Dufty scores a great try in the 80th minute to really bury the Broncos and Lomax converted and Dragons flog Broncos 48-18.

Scoring Summary:

8’ Jamayne Isaako (Penalty Goal)
14’ Jamayne Isaako (Penalty Goal)
15’ David Fifita (Try)
16’ Jamayne Isaako (Conversion)
52’ Darius Boyd (Try)
55’ Kodi Nikorima (Try)

3’ Gareth Widdop (Penalty Goal)
19’ Tariq Sims (Try)
20’ Gareth Widdop (Conversion)
27’ Leeson Ah Mau (Try)
28’ Gareth Widdop (Conversion)
32’ Tariq Sims (Try)
34’ Gareth Widdop (Conversion)
37’ Tariq Sims (Try)
38’ Gareth Widdop (Conversion)
40’ Gareth Widdop (Penalty Goal)
48’ Tim Lafai (Try)
50’ Gareth Widdop (Conversion)
68’ Luciano Leilua (Try)
70’ Zac Lomax (Conversion)
74’ Zac Lomax (Penalty Goal)
80’ Matt Dufty (Try)
80’ Zac Lomax (Conversion)



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