Broncos Lift NRL Premiership


The first points of the game went to the Brisbane Broncos. Darren Lockyer kicked over an early penalty goal.

Melbourne proved that they had a lot of skill on show too when stand-off Hill showed his individual skill to send Steve Turner over on fourteen minutes. Every point available needed to be taken but Melbourne missed out on two when the conversion went wide.

It was a see-saw style of a first half and a close encounter. Just five minutes later Lockyer delivered a perfect pass to Hodges who was in for an easy try. At half time Brisbane were in front but only just by 8-4.

Melbourne came out of the dressing room in a buoyant mood. Melbourne centre Matt King crossed the line, but yet again the conversion went wide. In the end, it turned out that those misses were so important.

Brisbane got the rub of the green later in the half and were awarded a penalty which Corey Parker kicked with ease. Replays suggest that the referee got the decision completely wrong; Brisbane got lucky then.

But there was no element of luck in Brisbane's next try. Brent Tate showed his skill to get over the try line, to give Brisbane a 14-8 advantage. Lockyer showed his expirience and skill to kick a drop goal for Brisbane, so Melbourne would have had to score twice to win.

But that was the last point of the game and Brisbane are the NRL Champions again.

 Report by Chris Marsden