THE class of the Brisbane Broncos has prevailed after they defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 48-26 at Salter Oval on Saturday night in the NRL trial.

In front of more than 8000 fans, who braved wet and windy conditions, the Broncos scored 38 unanswered points in the second half as fatigue hit the younger Cowboys side.

Playing with just two 2015 premiership players, their younger stars shined early, as they stunned the Broncos with great play in the middle to lead 22-10 at half time.

Bundaberg Cowboy Kyle Laybutt, combined with young fullback Kalyn Ponga, showed a glimpse of what the next generation can offer as they outplayed the Broncos in the first 40 minutes.

With Wayne Bennett overlooking the match the Broncos responded in the second half as they started to control the match. Three tries in the opening 17 minutes, including a second to Greg Eden, gave them the lead as they started to carve through the Cowboys defence.

Winger Jordan Kahu then became the first grand final player to score for the night, before Anthony Milford went on a solo run to give the team a 20-point lead in the final 10 minutes.

Young halfback Kodi Nikorima sealed the win with a seventh straight try before the Cowboys scored late as the game finished.

For the Cowboys Kalyn Ponga conceded the team struggled after the main break.

"In the second half we struggled and I got caught out position," he said "I'm not going to lie, I was extremely nervous, as I look up to a lot of those people," he said.

"Even when I was tackling them I was like wow I am actually doing this."

Man of the match for the contest was Bronco Matt Gillett who received a trophy from Bundaberg Rum and a $500 cheque to give to charity Bundaberg Regional Rising.

Talking after the match though he said he didn't deserve the honour.

"Greg Eden probably deserved man of the match," he said.

"He was out best out there all night and played the full 80 minutes."

Broncos coach Wayne Bennett agreed and said Eden would be close to debuting for the team.

BIG GAME: Supercoach Wayne Bennett talks to the media after the trial NRL match between the Queensland Cowboys v the Brisbane Broncos at Salter Oval, Bundaberg on Saturday, 6 Febuary, 2016. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
BIG GAME: Supercoach Wayne Bennett talks to the media after the trial NRL match between the Queensland Cowboys v the Brisbane Broncos at Salter Oval, Bundaberg on Saturday, 6 Febuary, 2016. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

"If he plays like he did tonight he will be closer."

"It was a really good performance from him tonight under the conditions."

He added the Bundaberg Rugby League Association did a great job and commended his players for holding strong in the weather.

"It was pretty good under the conditions," he said.

"I thought the quality of football for both teams was pretty good."

Both teams will now head to England for the World Club Series next week before the first round of the NRL season.

Earlier in the day the Bundaberg Bears put up a good fight against the Central Queensland Capras in the first trial match.

Playing in four 20-minute quarters the Bears led early before fatigue set in as the Instrust Super Cup team won 34-18.

In the opening half the Bears dominated as they raced to a 14-0 lead with three tries.

As fatigue set in for the inexperienced Bears team the Capras bounce back as they took the lead early in the second half.

Bradley Stephens gave the Bears the lead back with a try in the corner, but it wasn't enough, as the Capras scored 18 straight points to win a close contest.

More reaction from both matches will be online tomorrow and in the NewsMail on Monday.

You can read further on what happened in both matches through our blog below.

 

FULL-TIME: Broncos 48 Cowboys 26

78" Cowboys score a consolation try through Patrick Mago. The Cowboys claw one back off the cross kick by the conversion is pushed across the face. Broncos 48 Cowboys 26 Great effort from the young players.

73" Broncos running in tries for fun. Ben Hunt scores for the first time tonight. Kahu converts. Broncos 48 Cowboys 22

Official Crowd: 8122

70" A dropped ball from Laybutt turned the ball over. Lovely flick pass from the Broncos sets Milford free to score. 40-22.

67" James Roberts scores off a Hunt grubber. Kahu converts

61" Parker misses conversion from out wide. He, like all the players are covered in mud. What a sight.

59" Aaron Whitchurch goes over for the double after a great set move. Broncos 30 ktc Cowboys 22

57" Jordan Kahu scores off a fumble from the Cowboys. Broncos take the lead for the first time in the match. Parker adds the two and Broncos lead 26-22.

BIG CROWD: Supporters at the trial NRL match between the Queensland Cowboys v the Brisbane Broncos at Salter Oval, Bundaberg on Saturday, 6 Febuary, 2016. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
BIG CROWD: Supporters at the trial NRL match between the Queensland Cowboys v the Brisbane Broncos at Salter Oval, Bundaberg on Saturday, 6 Febuary, 2016. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Great tackle from Matt Gillett on Laybutt gets the mistake.

Try telling the players it's a trial game. Both teams toiling away.

Whatever Wayne Bennett said in the sheds, it's worked.

46" Milford so quick through the gap. Gets the pass to Eden for the try under the posts.

43' Eden goes the short side and it goes through the hands for Marion Seve in the corner. Broncos try

Players coming back onto the field.

Half-time: Cowboys 22 Broncos 10

35" Jahrome Hughes gets up over Greg Eden snatching the bomb and slides over under the sticks and the conversion makes it Cowboys 22 Broncos 10

33" Great sideline conversion from Kyle Laybutt. Right in front of his family.

32" Cowboys score in the next set and take the lead back. Jack Crieth is the scorer. Cowboys lead 14-10

27" Broncos blow a big chance to take the lead. They drop the last pass and it goes into touch.

24" Parker misses conversion. Scores remain tied

BIG CROWD: Supporters at the trial NRL match between the Queensland Cowboys v the Brisbane Broncos at Salter Oval, Bundaberg on Saturday, 6 Febuary, 2016. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
BIG CROWD: Supporters at the trial NRL match between the Queensland Cowboys v the Brisbane Broncos at Salter Oval, Bundaberg on Saturday, 6 Febuary, 2016. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

23" Brisbane hit back with second try to Aaron Whitchurch. Great cut-out pass 10-all

21" Quick hands and Greg Eden dives over for Broncos first try. Parker converts. Cowboys 10 Broncos 6

14" Cowboys have scored twice early: 10-0  Josh Chudleigh scored. Laybutt converts

Second try to the Cowboys under the black dot as they find a gap through the middle from dummy half.

4" First points to the Cowboys with Kalyn Ponga finding space down the Broncos right edge Kalyn Ponga crossed for early try.

COWBOYS V BRONCOS

EARLIER

A GALLANT effort from the Bears but the Capras proved too strong in the end.

The Bears dominated the first half with three tries to one.

The Capras, who have been training since November, hit back strongly in the second half and had the majority of possession.

Capras added a late try to seal the win with Dela Pena scoring in the corner.

80" Capras win 34 -18 against the Bears

69" Capras starting to run away with the game. They score again and lead 26-18

60' Capras 22 Bears 18

2ND HALF

Two quick tries and the Capras jump to the lead. 16-14

HALF-TIME REPORT

THE Bundaberg Bears lead 14-6 at half-time after controlling play against the Central Queensland Capras at Salter Oval.

After a slow start the Bears opened the scoring as Billy Stefaniuk capitalised on a mistake from the Capras on their goal-line.

They then doubled their lead through a great chip and chase which allowed fullback Jake Carl to score under the posts.  

In the second quarter the Bears continued their dominance as Damien Otto extended the lead to 14 points.  

As conditions started to get worse with rain the Capras got one try back through Brandon Manese to make it 14-6. They have plenty of work to do in the second half.    The ground is holding up well but mud patches are starting to form on the oval.  

Half-time score: Bears 14 lead Capras 6

Scorers: Bears - Jake Carl, Billy Stefaniuk, Damien Otto Capras - Brandon Manese.

38" Capras score through Brandon Manese. Kick converted. Score: Bears 14 Capras 6

33" Bears lead 14-0

4PM

THE Bundaberg Bears lead 10-0 at quarter time after a strong start against the Central Queensland Capras in the opening trial at Salter Oval.

After a slow start the Bears opened the scoring as Billy Stefaniuk capitalised on a mistake from the Capras in their goal.

They then doubled their lead through a great chip and chase which allowed fullback Jake Carl to score under the posts.

Score is 10-0 at quarter time.

 


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