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Sunday, 21 April 2019

Raiders hand Broncos worst start of century


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The Brisbane Broncos have been handed their fifth loss of the Anthony Seibold era, coming up short to the Canberra Raiders 26-22 at GIO Stadium.

Sunday afternoon’s clash saw Ricky Stuart’s men post their best start to a season since 2003, and it showed, as the Raiders attack was able to enforce their will over the Broncos back line with ease.

The unbridled strength of Joey Leilua once again proved too hot to handle as he bullied his way across the line twice within two minutes to knock the wind out of the visitors.

That sparked a fight back from Brisbane but it was another case of too little too late as they slumped to their worst opening after six rounds this century.

Raiders down Broncos

That Raiders' unrelenting pressure - not there last season - is why they sit on equal points with competition leaders Melbourne, the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney.

After Boyd's enforced repeat set, England international John Bateman gave a sensational offload to Leilua and Croker converted for a 14-4 lead after 34 minutes.

Canberra picked up where they left off in the second half but Brisbane crossed first when David Fifita made the most of an overlap in the 50th minute.

Broncos playmaker Anthony Milford had the ball on a string against his former side and put Corey Oates in the corner with a pinpoint kick.

Raiders down Broncos

Jamayne Isaako converted and the Broncos went ahead 16-14 for their first lead of the game on 60 minutes, but the Raiders weren't done.

Bateman darted out of dummy-half to score his first try for Canberra before his countryman Ryan Sutton sealed the result by scoring in the 66th minute.

Brisbane centre Jack Bird scored in the final two minutes to set up a grandstand finish but the Raiders held on.

Canberra travel next round to face Manly, while the Broncos host Cronulla.

The Brisbane Broncos have been handed their fifth loss of the Anthony Seibold era, coming up short to the Canberra Raiders 26-22 at GIO Stadium.

Sunday afternoon’s clash saw Ricky Stuart’s men post their best start to a season since 2003, and it showed, as the Raiders attack was able to enforce their will over the Broncos back line with ease.

The unbridled strength of Joey Leilua once again proved too hot to handle as he bullied his way across the line twice within two minutes to knock the wind out of the visitors.

That sparked a fight back from Brisbane but it was another case of too little too late as they slumped to their worst opening after six rounds this century.

Raiders down Broncos

That Raiders' unrelenting pressure - not there last season - is why they sit on equal points with competition leaders Melbourne, the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney.

After Boyd's enforced repeat set, England international John Bateman gave a sensational offload to Leilua and Croker converted for a 14-4 lead after 34 minutes.

Canberra picked up where they left off in the second half but Brisbane crossed first when David Fifita made the most of an overlap in the 50th minute.

Broncos playmaker Anthony Milford had the ball on a string against his former side and put Corey Oates in the corner with a pinpoint kick.

Raiders down Broncos

Jamayne Isaako converted and the Broncos went ahead 16-14 for their first lead of the game on 60 minutes, but the Raiders weren't done.

Bateman darted out of dummy-half to score his first try for Canberra before his countryman Ryan Sutton sealed the result by scoring in the 66th minute.

Brisbane centre Jack Bird scored in the final two minutes to set up a grandstand finish but the Raiders held on.

Canberra travel next round to face Manly, while the Broncos host Cronulla.

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