Last Time We Met v Warriors R4, 2015

Last Time We Met v Warriors R4, 2015

Last Time We Met v Warriors R4, 2015

Last Time We Met v Warriors R4, 2015

Last Time We Met v Warriors R4, 2015

Last Time We Met v Warriors R4, 2015

Broncos Spoil Warriors 20 Year Anniversary - Sunday 29 March 2015

The NRMA Insurance Brisbane Broncos have survived a late New Zealand Warriors fightback to win 24-16 in Auckland.

On a huge day of sporting battles between the two nations (i.e. 2015 Cricket World Cup Final), Brisbane drew first blood from across the ditch in a game of two halves.

Brisbane held a 16-0 half-time lead before a spirited Warriors clawed their way back into the game.

A late penalty goal to Corey Parker compounded by a last minute try to Andrew McCullough fortunately sealed the game for the visitors.

Today marked 20 years since the Warriors first entered the NRL competition, also losing to the Broncos on that historic day back in 1995.

Coach Wayne Bennett had the luxury of an unchanged team for the third week in a row but the same cannot be said for his Kiwi counterparts who lost star fullback Sam Tompkins mid-week.

Both sides were in form going into the clash, each looking to make it three wins on the trot.

First half dominance saw the visiting Broncos side lead 16-0 going into the second stanza, but knowing the unpredictable Warriors outfit could easily turn the tide - which they certainly did drawing level 16-16 at one stage and almost winning the game near full-time.

Brisbane Broncos 24 (Corey Oates, Lachlan Maranta, Jarrod Wallace, Andrew McCullough tries; Corey Parker 4/5 goals) defeated the New Zealand Warriors 16 (Chad Townsend, Matt Allwood, Solomone Kata tries; Shaun Johnson 2/3 goals) at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland - Crowd: 14,679.

Rights And Wrongs

Last Time We Met v Warriors R4, 2015

The Warriors Hurt Themselves

The Warriors were certainly dangerous and could have ripped the game wide open at any point, but there was one thing preventing them from doing this – errors. They ended up with a total of 16 mistakes while the Broncos kept themselves to just 7. There were plenty of people to point the finger at for New Zealand too, with 10 players from their 17 sharing these mistakes.

 

Last Time We Met v Warriors R4, 2015

We Went Missing

The Broncos' first half was clinical in both offense and defence meaning Wayne Bennett would have been quite happy with the boys. Brisbane had just four missed tackles after the first 40 minutes and looked certain to shut the Warriors out of the contest early, before everything changed. The Broncos' defence suddenly faltered in the second stanza and they missed 14 tackles, letting the Warriors come ever so close to snatching the all-important two points.

 

Last Time We Met v Warriors R4, 2015

All By Themselves

Dummy half runs were the order of the day for the Broncos and one man led the charge and it wasn’t hooker Andrew McCullough - it was Justin Hodges. The Broncos captain pulled out six darting runs to make 48 metres from dummy half which was more than the whole Warriors side combined (41 metres). Andrew McCullough and Kodi Nikorima also contributed with three each.

 

Last Time We Met v Warriors R4, 2015

Hodgo's Hamstring

The real bad news for the Broncos is that skipper Hodges could be out for two or more weeks with a hamstring injury. This will be looked at over the next few days and a return will be scheduled. Another Bronco that came from the field was prop Adam Blair with a corked thigh but he is expected to fully recover for the Titans clash this Good Friday night on the Gold Coast.

 

Last Time We Met v Warriors R4, 2015

Broncos Finished What They Started

What made the game difficult for the Warriors was that they couldn’t finish what they started while the Broncos could. Brisbane were like a well-oiled machine completing 36/41 (87.8%) sets. Meanwhile, the Warriors didn’t really get their engine started scraping together just 22/38 (57.9%) of their sets which made the job for Brisbane that much easier.
 

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