Infotainment Factory: Pangai Junior brutalises Cowboys in QLD derby

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Friday, 22 March 2019

Pangai Junior brutalises Cowboys in QLD derby


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Broncos powerhouse Tevita Pangai Junior has stolen the spotlight in the QLD derby, devastating the Cowboys with an unrelenting physicality to see Brisbane to a 29-10 victory at Suncorp Stadium.

"When Tevita Pangai Junior is running around on this field, I want nothing of it," said Billy Slater on Nine's NRL commentary team, and It's a feeling that would have been rife amongst the visitors on Friday night.

After an emphatic display in Townsville not six days ago, the highly touted Cowboys front-pack yielded to the brutality of the 115kg Tongan who was first off the line to meet every tackle on almost every occasion.

The most telling of which was an early heavy hit on North Queensland favourite Jason Taumalolo who was folded back awkwardly on his right knee, in an ailment which he never seemed to recover from.

Tevita Pangai Junior powers past the Cowboys

"He’s going to be an immortal one day, and I just really respect his game," Pangai Junior said of Taumalolo on Nine's Friday Night Knock-Off.

"I grew up watching his game, he played with my brother and I have a lot of respect for him…he’s the king of Tonga.

In another worry for Cowboys coach Paul Green, winger Nene Macdonald and utility John Asiata also failed to finish the match with head knocks, forcing a backline reshuffle that at one stage left second-rower Mitch Dunn at pivot.

Pangai was relegated to the bench in Brisbane's first round loss to Melbourne after battling back from a hamstring injury.

Broncos celebrate victory over Cowboys

However, the livewire forward looked like he wanted to prove a point after being thrown a starting front-row berth by new coach Anthony Seibold, stepping up for the suspended Matt Lodge.

He played like a man possessed, pulling off hit after hit to leave North Queensland shell-shocked from the outset and finished with a total of 115m while also helping himself to a 47th minute try.

Centre James Roberts proved he was over a back injury that cut short his first round clash, nabbing a try scoring double along with winger Corey Oates.

The Broncos grabbed a 10-0 halftime lead before kicking on with Oates scoring his 12th try in six games and Roberts helping himself to the eighth double of his career.

Tevita Pangai Junior's man of the match performance

It finally broke Seibold's winning duck with the Brisbane reins as the hosts claimed their seventh win in eight games against North Queensland at Suncorp Stadium.

North Queensland didn't get on the board until ex-Bronco Jordan Kahu crashed over in the 60th minute.

- with AAP

Broncos powerhouse Tevita Pangai Junior has stolen the spotlight in the QLD derby, devastating the Cowboys with an unrelenting physicality to see Brisbane to a 29-10 victory at Suncorp Stadium.

"When Tevita Pangai Junior is running around on this field, I want nothing of it," said Billy Slater on Nine's NRL commentary team, and It's a feeling that would have been rife amongst the visitors on Friday night.

After an emphatic display in Townsville not six days ago, the highly touted Cowboys front-pack yielded to the brutality of the 115kg Tongan who was first off the line to meet every tackle on almost every occasion.

The most telling of which was an early heavy hit on North Queensland favourite Jason Taumalolo who was folded back awkwardly on his right knee, in an ailment which he never seemed to recover from.

Tevita Pangai Junior powers past the Cowboys

"He’s going to be an immortal one day, and I just really respect his game," Pangai Junior said of Taumalolo on Nine's Friday Night Knock-Off.

"I grew up watching his game, he played with my brother and I have a lot of respect for him…he’s the king of Tonga.

In another worry for Cowboys coach Paul Green, winger Nene Macdonald and utility John Asiata also failed to finish the match with head knocks, forcing a backline reshuffle that at one stage left second-rower Mitch Dunn at pivot.

Pangai was relegated to the bench in Brisbane's first round loss to Melbourne after battling back from a hamstring injury.

Broncos celebrate victory over Cowboys

However, the livewire forward looked like he wanted to prove a point after being thrown a starting front-row berth by new coach Anthony Seibold, stepping up for the suspended Matt Lodge.

He played like a man possessed, pulling off hit after hit to leave North Queensland shell-shocked from the outset and finished with a total of 115m while also helping himself to a 47th minute try.

Centre James Roberts proved he was over a back injury that cut short his first round clash, nabbing a try scoring double along with winger Corey Oates.

The Broncos grabbed a 10-0 halftime lead before kicking on with Oates scoring his 12th try in six games and Roberts helping himself to the eighth double of his career.

Tevita Pangai Junior's man of the match performance

It finally broke Seibold's winning duck with the Brisbane reins as the hosts claimed their seventh win in eight games against North Queensland at Suncorp Stadium.

North Queensland didn't get on the board until ex-Bronco Jordan Kahu crashed over in the 60th minute.

- with AAP

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