BREAK FREE: Brisbane’s Dale Copley attempts to shrug off the tackle of Steve Matai. Copley scored two tries in Brisbane’s win and overshadowed his opposite number Matai.
BREAK FREE: Brisbane’s Dale Copley attempts to shrug off the tackle of Steve Matai. Copley scored two tries in Brisbane’s win and overshadowed his opposite number Matai. PHOTO Bradley Kanarisgetty IMAGES

Dale leads Brisbane to massive victory over Sea Eagles

A BRILLIANT attacking display from stand-in centre Dale Copley saw the Broncos notch up their second-largest win over Manly, prevailing 36-10 at Suncorp Stadium yesterday.

While it did not quite eclipse Brisbane's 44-10 victory in round one of their 1988 season - their first in the national competition - it was an impressive effort coming just days after Origin I on Wednesday night.

And while co-captain Corey Parker and Matt Gillett, both Maroons representatives, were outstanding in backing up from the taxing 12-8 loss, it was 22-year-old Copley who stole the show with a double.

Copley, who was such a good baseball talent as a youngster that top officials in the sport believed he could have played in America's Major League, completely overshadowed his opposite number Steve Matai.

Filling in for the injured Justin Hodges, Copley scored his first try with a big right-foot step on Matai, putting his side up 24-4 after 45 minutes. Copley got his second 20 minutes later, again wrong-footing Matai with a right-foot step, before doing the same to fullback Brett Stewart in cover defence.

Gillett added more insult to the visitors' cause with a runaway try inside the final 10 minutes.


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