Chee-Kam wins it for the Tigers as Broncos sink further


Already feeling the heat, Seibold had implored Broncos fans to trust the process. He must hope they have deep reserves of patience after a spluttering start  that has them near the bottom of the ladder.

The first half was an exhibition in how to leave points on the field, with both sides guilty of failing to convert relatively simple chances.

Brisbane and the Tigers   traded tries to have the Broncos leading 8-6 at half-time, with Matt Gillett crossing early for the home side before Luke Garner scored deeper in the half for the visitors.

Game over: The Tigers celebrate while the Broncos wonder what just happened.Credit:AAP

In the meantime, Esan Marsters butchered one for the Tigers and Jack Bird had a shocker for the Broncos when he dropped a Corey Oates pass with the line begging.

Both sides lost key men to head knocks for the second half, with Robert Jennings gone for the Tigers and crucially for Brisbane, Gillett failing to pass his test. There were reports of some blurred vision, which was an obvious concern given his history of a serious neck injury.

Payne Haas was exceptional in his first shift back in the NRL, producing 12 carries for 98m and at one stage taking three of five runs for his side. He’s an undeniable talent and the Broncos need him in the rotation for the rest of the year if they hope to stage a recovery.

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Brisbane’s two-point lead didn’t last long after the break. Matt Eisenhuth crossed in the 50th minute and Marsters added a pair of penalties to make it 16-8. With the pressure already intense at Red Hill,   a defining 15 minutes of play  awaited them.

Nikorima step up to the plate to get Brisbane back in the match. He started the raid on the right edge and finished it, planting the ball under the posts to take the deficit to within two.

Now the Tigers were on the ropes. Mahe Fonua made the error under the Milford bomb and Brisbane took possession, earned a penalty and levelled proceedings at 16-16 with 10 minutes to play.

Brisbane had all the ball and the chance to move themselves into position for the first shot at field goal. But their preceding set was a complete disaster, with nobody calling the shots and it ending in a turnover that let the Tigers off the hook. The lack of organisation was staggering and costly.

The Tigers went up the other end, had their own field goal stifled but, while Brisbane were chasing to stop the kick, Chee Kam sliced through to score next to the posts. It was a moment he will never forget.

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