Rugby The Broncos' final hunts alive after dogs win

The Broncos' final hunts alive after dogs win

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Brisbane is still looking for a NRL final spot after their young forwarders inspired a 28-6 victory over Canterbury at Suncorp Stadium.

Tevita Pangai Jnr, David Fifita and Payne Haas played all important roles in the victory, which lifted the Broncos to just one point from the eighth placed Penrith.

Kotoni Staggs and Corey Oates – his last penalty in the dying stages – grabbed a double each for the hosts, where Jamayne Isaako also scored, while Bulldogs' twenty-fifth Brandon Wakeham's first NRL test was the only consolation for visitors.

Haas, representative of the NSW & # 39; s state of origin, was a bullocking force in the first half, and recorded 108 gauges at break and made 15 tackles.

The 19-year-old completed the game with 204 continuous meters and 36 tackles.

Pangai Jnr, whose offload in the first half resulted in an attempt at Isaako, ended the match with an attempted assistant and 16 tackled while Fifita was huge out of the interchange bench and worried Bulldogs defensive line with several strong races.

Staggs also had a fine game that added five tackle busts to his two attempts as the Broncos secured hooker Andrew McCullough celebrated the game 250 with a win.

McCullough iced the winner with the first transformation of his NRL career from death ahead of Oate's penalty kick.

"It was a really solid achievement because I think Bulldogs have shown – especially in their last few games – they don't beat themselves," said Broncos coach Anthony Seibold.

"There is no doubt that it has been challenging in different periods of the year, but internally we know where we are going, we have a plan in place.

"People forget about 10 players have made their debut for the club this year … It's about learning and it's about improving, and that's what we feel like we've done."

The opening match of round 18 was also historic with Belinda Sharpe becoming the first female judge in 111-year professional rugby league.

Sharpe had a relatively quiet evening at the office when the Broncos released a gutsy Bulldog outfit, which played two-thirds of the game without center Marcelo Montoya, after he had injured his left knee in a collision with the Broncos backback Anthony Milford.

Montoya tried to play after getting the knee attached, but barely hobbled 10 meters before being helped by the track by two coaches with a medial ligament injury.

Bulldog's coach Dean Pay would have been afraid he'd lost another player a few minutes later when Corey Harawira-Naera cut a Staggs knee while trying to tackle the Bronco.

After a review of the bunker, Staggs was placed on report to lift his knee.

Harawira-Naera gradually became confused on the sidelines of whether he should receive a damage assessment that left Bulldogs playing with only 12 players for a short period.

Betale complained about his team's 7-3 penalty count and was disagreeing with the decision to give Oates a penalty kick.

"To make these decisions, they just make it difficult for themselves, right?" Said Pay.

"The game was gone, so it's easy to just try. I thought it was ridiculous."

Brisbane makes the short trip to the Gold Coast next week to take on the coaches-titans, while Bulldogs tackle Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium.

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