Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Brisbane Broncos, result, highlights, score, reaction, video, press conferences, SuperCoach scores, Adam Reynolds, Tevita Pangai Junior

The Broncos have hung on to defeat the Bulldogs 16-10 in a thrilling clash to finish Round 2 – and secure back-to-back wins to start the season.

The Dogs got on the board first thanks to a Braidon Burns try. They were able to capitalize off a Broncos error when fullback Tesi Niu dropped a stunning Matt Burton bomb – that sideline commentator James Hooper dubbed “genius.”

Brisbane hit back through Corey Oates who scored off a pinpoint Albert Kelly kick.

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Neither Burton or Reynolds could convert the tries to scores were locked up 4-all at half time.

A fired up Dogs outfit came out in the second half and it took just eight minutes for them to snatch back the lead through hooker Jeremy Marshall who burrowed over from the dummy half.

Fox League commentator Warren Smith summed up the opening minutes of the second half when he said “who let the Dogs out?”

But five minutes later the tables turned as Herbie Farnworth stripped the ball off Braidon Burns and ran 50 meters to score. Reynolds slotted the conversion and the scores were once again all locked up.

Brisbane had a chance to take the lead but bombed what would have been a sensational try. Reynolds threw a stunning ball – between his legs – only for Kotoni Staggs to knock on over the line.

They made up for it though when Farnworth crossed for his second of the night. Sharpshooter Reynolds nailed the conversion and snatched a 16-10 lead for the Broncos.

The Bulldogs desperately tried to fight back and it got close when Josh Addo-Carr put in a grubber in the final 10 seconds, but Albert Kelly scooped up the ball to seal his team’s win.

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BIG HITS

KEVVIE SOLVES HALVES HEAD ACHE AS REYNOLDS TICKS OFF DEBUT

Broncos coach Kevin Walters said before the game that he wanted Reynolds to “slide into the side as seamlessly as possible.”

The level-headed halfback did exactly that, according to Michael Ennis, as he went about his business in the first half without overplaying his hand.

“It’s been an immediate impact from the Broncos’ No.7,” he said.

“You can already see just how calm they are, happy to play the long game here and roll through the middle and Reynolds’ kicking game just happy to turn the Bulldogs around.”

But with the game locked up 4-all at half time, Reynolds really started to come alive.

“All the talk this week, all the hype has been around the little master,” Ennis said.

“This is what he’s been brought to the club for, this is exactly where the Broncos have been at the last few seasons. They’re in a dogfight here and they need their No.7 to get their home.

“This is what he was brought for, this is what he’s so good at – taking the game away from the opposition and suffocating them.”

While it wasn’t Reynolds’ most dominant game, there’s no doubt his calm nature did the Broncos wonders as things got hectic in the final minutes.

He also gets a special mention for the insane bucket pass threw his legs that would have been the try assistants of the year had Staggs not knock it on over the line.

Walters doesn’t have to worry about Reynolds. The 31-year-old is a proven winner and will find his groove soon enough. The big question mark has always been over who would play five-eighth.

Albert Kelly got the nod over Billy Walters – who was used as a hooker off the bench – and the 30-year-old did more than enough to cement his spot in the No.6 jersey.

Kelly had a strong Round 1 and then backed it up on Sunday, setting up the Broncos’ first try and collecting a desperate Dogs grubber in the last 10 seconds to save the game.

“We saw his instinctive play against Cody Walker last week where he plucked the ball out of Cody’s back pocket and raced 80 meters to score. With his first real injection down this left-hand side it’s a really nice chip, ”Ennis said of Kelly’s kick to Oates.

“That was special from Kelly. He had a split second to realize that Okunbor – who is a big man – would struggle to turn around if he landed that kick perfectly and in the blink of an eye just changed. ”

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BURTON’S BOOT GIVES BRONZE NIGHTMARES

It was marquee half versus marquee half and although Adam Reynolds’ Broncos got the two points, Matt Burton finished the contest on top.

It’s hard to believe Sunday’s game was just his 12th in the halves. The 22-year-old was named in last season’s Dally M Team of the Year – at center – but was signed by the Dogs to solve their halves headache.

Burton looked dangerous with ball in hand… but ball on foot, he was another level.

Broncos fullback Tesi Niu will be having nightmares after Burton’s ginormous left-boot tormented him from start to finish.

New dropped Burton bomb which ultimately led to the Bulldogs’ first try.

“While it wasn’t his best strike, when his NRL career is over he has a future in the NFL as a punter,” Fox League commentator Warren Smith said.

“That was a towering bomb,” Michael Ennis added.

“He didn’t hit it perfectly but I said coming into the clash that we knew how effective Reynolds would be with his boot so Burton needed a big night… That was a beauty.”

Niu had a chance later on to right his wrongs and this time he just let the ball bounce.

“Burton has got them worried to bits,” Smith said.

The star five-eighth finished the night with 83 running meters, three tackle busts, two offloads, one linebreak, one linebreak assist and 410 kicking meters.

“Matt Burton for mine has probably been the game’s best player. He’s been excellent, ”Corey Parker said at half time.

“What he’s been able to produce with the boot – he’s got Tesi Niu in absolutely all sorts.

“He was brought to the club, we know what sort of player he is, he’s got an electric left-foot step and his boot is proving the difference.”

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SENDING OUT AN SOS TO KOTONI STAGGS

Kotoni Staggs is one of the Broncos’ best players and yet when they needed him most he was nowhere to be seen.

The 23-year-old – who was dubbed the “Ferrari” by Michael Ennis had only taken two runs at the 55th minute point of the game.

It was a stark contrast to fellow center Herbie Farnworth who had amassed 83 meters and two tackle busts in the first half alone.

“The Broncos have got to try and find a way to get Kotoni Staggs into the game,” Ennis said.

“They’ve got a Ferrari out there who is one of the most dynamic players in our game and he’s touched the ball twice. That’s it. He’s had two runs the whole game.

“They’ve got to get him the footy. He’s got to go looking for it – Farnworth has had 11 carries.

“Surely they’re planning an SOS out to Kotoni Staggs. It’s outrageous – Kotoni Staggs has hardly been in the game tonight.

“One of Brisbane’s most destructive players, someone has got to get a message to him to get himself into the game.

“He’s just sitting out on the right edge.

“I think of some of the great centers, one I played with at the Broncos was Justin Hodges and no matter the contest, whether it was a dummy half run or one off the ruck he just continuously found his way into the contest.

“Staggs has got to come and invest himself, he’s got to get involved in the game. Brisbane needs him. ”

The gun center did have a moment to shine when Reynolds threw an incredible pass between his legs to set up a try… except Staggs knocked on as he dived over the line.

Staggs finished with 51 running meters off five runs, four tackle busts, an offload and a linebreak. He was completely outshone by Farnworth’s two tries, one linebreak, four tackle busts and 216 running meters.

“Herbie Farnworth has absolutely shown Kotoni Staggs up tonight,” Fox League sideline commentator James Hooper said.

TEAMS

Bulldogs: 1. Matt Duffy 2. Jayden Okunbor 3. Braidon Burns 4. Brent Naden 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Jake Averillo 15. Corey Waddell 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Jack Hetherington 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Josh Jackson 8. Luke Thompson 14. Bailey Biondi-Odo 16. Max King 17. Ava Seumanufagai Replacement player: 25. Aaron Schoupp

Broncos: 1. Tesi Niu 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Albert Kelly 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Keenan Palasia 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13 Patrick Carrigan 4. Ryan James 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. TC Robati 17. Billy Walters Replacement player: 18. Brenko Lee

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