Sport Rugby League Broncos thrash Tigers for seventh win in a row

Broncos thrash Tigers for seventh win in a row

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A dominant first half set up Brisbane’s 42-16 win over the Wests Tigers on Sunday.

The Broncos ran in five unanswered tries before the break, including two to back-rower Alex Glenn, to take a 26-0 lead and delight the 37,620-strong crowd.

Brisbane five-eighth Anthony Milford’s moment of magic sealed the home team’s first half dominance.

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Milford’s no-look inside pass released Darius Boyd, who then found Jack Reed and the Brisbane centre outsprinted Kevin Naiqama to score right on the siren.

That scoreline may have lulled Brisbane into a false sense of security as the Tigers ran in three tries inside the opening 15 minutes of the second half.

Hard-running Ava Seumanafagai sparked the revival when he crashed over after a pass by Luke Brooks which looked suspiciously forward.

Just four minutes later Manaia Cherrington dived over from dummy-half and then James Tedesco’s flick pass released Naiqama, who sprinted down the touchline before finding Mitchell Moses to reduce the deficit to just 10.

An accidental elbow to the head of Tim Simona left the Tigers centre dazed and halted the visitor’s momentum.

After Simona was taken from the field for a concussion test, Broncos winger Lachlan Maranta crossed twice to complete a hat-trick and secure the points for Brisbane.

James Maloney starred for the Roosters. Photo: Getty
James Maloney starred for the Roosters. Photo: Getty

The defeat is the Tigers’ fourth in a row and leaves them rooted to the bottom of the competition ladder ahead of Friday’s clash with the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium.

Also on Sunday, the Sydney Roosters beat the New Zealand Warriors 24-0 despite winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall being stood down following his arrest.

Kenny-Dowall was arrested on Saturday and charged with a string of offences including the common assault and stalking of his former partner Jessica Peris.

The Roosters blew the Warriors off the park early, jumping to an 18-0 lead at halftime before holding out the Warriors in the second 40 minutes.

Blake Ferguson continued his devastating form, shaking off a knee cap injury in the first half to score a try and make three line breaks while man of the match James Maloney was instrumental in many of the side’s big plays.

The Roosters left several tries out on the field and should have won by more after blowing a couple of golden chances in the second half.

Importantly, they maintained third spot, extended their winning streak to five as they scored a confidence-boosting win over the Warriors, who dropped out of the top four.

Maloney, Aidan Guerra and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck also scored tries for the winners.

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