Brisbane Broncos v Canberra Raiders
Round 14, 2011
Brisbane survived a spirited Raiders comeback to snatch a heart-stopping 25-24 golden-point victory at Suncorp Stadium in Round 14 last year.
The home side raced to an 18-nil lead at halftime, with five unanswered line-breaks paving the way for tries to Alex Glenn, Dale Copley and Gerard Beale. They increased their lead when Josh Hoffman crossed in the 59th minute – but then everything went pear-shaped as the Green Machine clicked into gear.
Two tries in three minutes to Josh Papalii bridged the deficit to 12 with 13 minutes remaining and when Glenn Buttriss plunged over for a 24-18 scoreline with 10 minutes to go the home fans started to sweat. Fears of an unlikely upset escalated when a Jarrod Croker try saw the sides draw level – incredibly with a whole eight minutes left on the clock. The sides traded field-goal attempts before Peter Wallace proved the hero for the Broncos, nailing a one-pointer midway through the first period of extra time.
It really was a game of two halves – Canberra missed a whopping 41 tackles in the first 40 minutes, with the Broncos collapsing to miss 31 in the second half. Canberra made a staggering 12 offloads in the second half alone.
The fullbacks did the damage – Josh Hoffman added 205 metres with 10 tackle-breaks for Brisbane while fill-in No.1 Nathan Massey tallied 174 metres and 11 tackle busts.