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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 26 Apr 2008 13:07:00 GMT
Brisbane are back on top of the competition ladder while there opponents remain glued to the bottom after the home side ran away with a 32-18 win on Friday night.

Led by their ever-inspirational prop Sam Thaiday, the Broncos rolled forward like an unstoppable avalanche leaving the Rabbitohs to contemplate their seventh loss of the season.

South Sydney coach Jason Taylor said his side were not playing well enough to win the tight matches at the moment.

“We thought we were a chance at halftime with the Broncos a bit busted,” he said.

“But we killed ourselves in the second half with stupid errors for the second week in a row.

“We have to face the brutal fact that we aren’t good enough to win (at the moment) but we’re not too far away if we can get our defence right.”

All eyes were on returning five-eighth Darren Lockyer, with Australian selectors hoping the incumbent captain would make it through this game unscathed.

In typical Broncos style, the Queenslanders turned on the magic and raced out to an early 10-0 lead within the initial 15 minutes.

Denan Kemp scored with just 5 minutes gone on the clock, going over in the corner after a lovely set of passes stretched and ultimately opened up space for the winger to score out wide.

Minutes later Joel Moon went over in the same corner, the centre showing some nifty footwork to weave his way past two Souths players and increase the Broncos lead.

But the Rabbitohs were not going to wither away and did find a reply shortly afterwards. An inside pass close to the Broncos line to a rampaging David Fa’alogo saw the big man power his way through three tackles to reduce the score to 10-6.

However the Broncos would have the last laugh in the first half, centre Justin Hodges put through a hole by team mate Tony Carroll to see the score line read comfortably in Brisbane’s favour 14-6 at half-time.

Showing little sympathy to the Rabbitohs winless start to the season, the Broncos were just as ruthless in the second stanza.

Hooker Michael Ennis became one of the main tormentors, his work out of dummy half extraordinary as time and again the former Newcastle junior grabbed easy metres.

Brisbane extended their lead to 14 points after just seven minutes from the resumption of play as Souths failed to halt a breakaway try.

Deservedly, Michael Ennis got his name on the scoresheet a short while later, dummying, weaving and ultimately heaving his way to the try line to compound Souths misery.

But the Rabbitohs did show some signs of life, scoring two late tries to bring the game back to life.

Firstly, a lovely weighted grubber kick found ever-present winger Nathan Merritt to put the Rabbitohs into double digits, then a lovely inside pass saw Souths go under the sticks to go within 8 points of the Broncos, 26-18 with 10 minutes to go.

However the Broncos ultimately showed their class and professionalism not to let this one slip away and closed it up with a minute on the clock remaining.

A beautiful set of passes tore the Souths defence into shreds, as five-eighth Darren Lockyer put loyal servant Tony Carroll through a gap and ended up in the hands of Joel Moon to grab his second try of the night.

After the game, Lockyer was asked how he pulled up and replied “there are no symptoms after eighty minutes.”

The Broncos now sit pretty atop of the NRL ladder with fellow Queensland surprise packet the Gold Coast Titans who have a game in hand. In contrast, the Rabbitohs are sitting on the complete opposite side of the spectrum.

BRISBANE 32 (D Kemp 2 J Moon 2 M Ennis J Hodges tries M Ennis 4 goals) bt SOUTH SYDNEY 18 (N Merritt 2 D Fa'alogo tries I Luke 2 G Ndaira goals) at Suncorp Stadium. Referee: J Robinson. Crowd: 34,112. - Read More, Here