Match Report: Raiders v Broncos
The Brisbane Broncos have beaten the Canberra Raiders 26-22 at Suncorp Stadium with a second half comeback.
The Raiders dictated play in the first half before a fast-finishing Broncos came from 16 points down to win.
The Raiders drew first blood when they showed excellent intensity in defence to pressure Anthony Milford into throwing the ball to ground on the last tackle and Elliott Whitehead was in position to scoop up the loose ball and dash 40 metres to score under the posts.
When the Broncos were ruled to be offside on their try line minutes later the Raiders took the opportunity to take a shot at goal and extend their lead to outside of a converted try.
The Raiders dictated play for most of the first half but had to wait until the 32nd minute for their second try.
It was Nick Cotric who crossed for his eighth try in seven matches after Blake Austin threw a cut out pass after a long shift of the ball from the right to the left.
Less than a minute before halftime the Broncos were again offside on their try line and Jarrod Croker took the opportunity to extend the Raiders' lead to 16-0.
The Broncos finally broke the duck when Milford threw a loopy cut out pass to Corey Oates who barged his way over as Brisbane attacked the line on last tackle.
Brisbane had their second try soon after with Alex Glenn running onto a perfectly placed Milford grubber.
With a little over 20 minutes left, Joe Tapine left the field for a HIA after injuring himself making a tackle and he would not return.
In just his second game back from injury, Josh Hodgson capped another fantastic performance with a try after darting from dummy half to extend the Raiders lead.
The Broncos scored again when they ran down the blindside on last tackle and turned the Raiders inside out before Darius Boyd's pass found the try scorer Jordan Kahu via a deflection off Michael Oldfield's hand.
Brisbane took the lead for first time of the match with less than ten minutes remaining after Milford dummied his way through the defence before stepping inside Brad Abbey to score.
Canberra were penalised late in the piece as Blake Austin's short drop out went out on the full and Jamayne Isaako kicked a penalty goal to give Brisbane a 26-22 lead.
Brisbane Broncos 26 (Tries: Oates, Glenn, Kahu, Milford Goals: Isaako 5/5) def
Canberra Raiders 22 (Tries: Whitehead, Cotric, Hodgson Goals: Croker 5/6)