In a vigorous game of rugby between NRMA Insurance Brisbane Broncos and Canberra Raiders held last Sunday, 12 June 2011 at the Suncorp Stadium, Broncos emerged victorious.
Broncos garnered a score of 25 compared to Raiders 24. Peter Wallace led the team by using all of his 98 games of National Rugby League (NRL) experience to finish a long range field goal that saved the team from a possible defeat.
The crowd was wowed at the start of the game when the Broncos was placed in a rather safe position after extending its lead, 22-0, against the Canberra Raiders in the 50th minute. Of course, thanks to Josh Hoffman who also executed a stellar performance whilst strolling through a weak defense of the Raiders.
In a Bronco TV interview, Brisbane Coach Anthony Griffin said, “Well I didn’t think they were going to score that quick. I just knew that the game has ground down to that arm wrestle in the middle part of the second half. It was just a real grueling part of the game, and whoever comes out of that, on a positive note, was going to have a lot of momentum with them.”
Griffin added, “It’s just hard to stop the momentum when it happens and look, I thought we were still playing pretty positively. We were still trying things and I don’t know how many they had but it felt like they had the ball for 6 sets in a row there at one stage and they kept scoring and it was hard to stop them.”
The youngest captain ever of the Broncos, Alex Glenn confided, “Definitely it’s gonna be a day that I’ll never forget in my career and in my lifetime, credits to the boys for putting the full 80 minutes and a bit more of effort. But yeah I’ll be tapping Wally’s head for the next couple of days thanking him for nailing that kick,” whilst attributing the success of the team greatly to Peter Wallace.
The Raiders has already acquired a total of 10 losses including this one, putting them in the 16th rank in the NRL Bailey Ladder while catapulting the Broncos in the 5th post. Yet in this game, they did not fail to give their opponents a tough competition as Josh Papaii (Raiders) crashed over after a sustained period of attack on their side in the 64th minute.
For the most part though, it was really thrilling for us Student Ambassadors watching the games for the first time since the Raiders nearly snatched the lead when they tied, 24-24, five minutes before the game was about to end. But luckily at the end of the day it was dominantly the Broncos that displayed their prowess in the court.
It surely made us anticipate for more showcases of moves in their next battles against the St. George Illawarra Dragons, Gold Coast Titans, Cronulla Sutherland Sharks and the New Zealand Warriors which will still be home matches on the following Fridays of 17th June, 15th July, 29th July; and any day between 5th to 8th August respectively.
Let’s SUPPORT the BRONCOS, one of Australia’s most popular and most watched football teams, by witnessing the home games LIVE at Suncorp Stadium as they fortify their grip for the NRL Premiership!
Tickets for the general public are available through Ticketek by calling 132 849 or online at www.ticketek.com.au
Brisbane Broncos may be on a relaxation hiatus, but fans of the game still have some fun “Au Courant’s Corner” webisodes to enjoy. The author of this column is back on blogosphere to have a chat with Mexico’s Mariana Walthers for the 2nd webisode of “Au Courant’s Corner”—which was launched last week to feature the lives of many students in Brisbane and their beautiful experiences from their home countries.
Also, check it out here for a glimpse of everything you can look forward to in and around the stadium.