The Tigers escaped with a 32-18 victory at Suncorp Stadium to snap a major upset against the Broncos, snapping a seven-game losing streak and earning interim coach Brett Kimmorley’s first win in charge.
They struck early in the clash but it was neck and neck with the Tigers scoring either side of half time to turn the tide.
Fox League pundit Michael Ennis said the Tigers are “winning the physical battle” and “maybe they can smell the Broncos coming out.”
New-look duo Adam Douehy and Joc Madden contributed to the victory, Douehy nailing six of the six tries, Madden trying and assisting two.
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Adam Duehy had a great try to get the win.
The Tigers faced a huge blow in the final minutes when Jackson Hastings was sidelined with an ankle injury. A hip drop from Patrick Carrigan has been reported. Adam Duehy made a free kick to increase the team’s lead to 26-18.
Jordan Rickey scored a crucial try to get his team back into contention. The boom back rower beat four Tigers players.
Following a Tigers relay, Zane Musgrove ran straight over the top of Corey Pikes to score.
There were tries for the Tigers with a corner by Starford’s Toa cross. Broncos skipper Adam Reynolds left the field for HI in the process, claiming a knock.
Jock Madden made the most of being called up to the first division. Michael Ennis said he threw a “lovely” short ball into Kelma Tulagi’s gap and he got back and headed the ball home.
Halves Adam Reynolds and Ezra Mam combined well to score, with the latter somehow knocking the ball into the ground and essentially tipping the ball over.
Michael Ennis called the two “Yang and Yang”.
The Broncos ran around Asu Kepaoa and then kicked Brent Naden, who scored a “fumbled” try on a punt return by gunslinging fullback Tessie Niu. “This kid is special,” Fox League’s Michael Ennis said afterward.
The Tigers scored the first points of the night through Brent Naden, who planted the ball in the bottom corner after some great work from substitute halfback Jock Madden and center Asu Kepaoa.
The Wests Tigers found some form last week but suffered a major setback ahead of the Broncos clash with Luke Brooks.
Brooks suffered a calf injury in training, forcing interim coach Brett Kimmorley to call on his spine.
Kimmorley opted to move Jackson Hastings back from lock to halfback and instead called on Jock Madden, who will play his first game of the season in the preferred halfback role.
Broncos coach Kevin Walters has made some changes to his side. Billy Walters returns from a hip injury, forcing Jake Turpin out of the side, while Deluise Hotter is on the wing to replace the injured Jordan Pereira.
And Broncos fans will get to see one of their exciting youngsters in the centers for the first time with 19-year-old Dean Marin.
A win for Brisbane makes it four in the finals and they could return to all four, with the Tigers looking to put in a big performance to move the Cowboys off the bottom of the ladder after last week’s heartbreaking finish. .
Broncos: 1. Tessie New 2. Corey Oates 3. Cottony Staggs 4. Dean Detective 5. DeLouise Hotter 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Flagler 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Rickey 13 Patrick Carrigan 14. Cory Paix 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Corey Jensen 17. Kenan Palacia. Substitute: 18. Te Mere Martin
Tigers: 1. Dane Lowry 2. Brent Naden 3. Starford Toa 4. Asu Kepaoa 5. Ken Maulo 6. Adam Doehi 18. Jock Madden 8. James Tamu 9. Famanu Brown 10. Joe Ofahengawe 11. Alex Seifarth 12 Kelma Tulagi 13. Jackson Hastings 14. Fonua Pole 15. Zane Mugrove 16. Austin Dias 17. Tyrone Peach Substitute: 19. Junior Tupou
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