Broncos join Penrith, Titans as NRL comeback kings



May 13, 2017 22:17:08

The Broncos have stormed back from 14-0 to complete a night of comebacks in the NRL.

Earlier, the Titans edged the Storm by two points with two tries in the final five minutes and the Panthers overhauled a 22-point half-time deficit to beat the Warriors.

Take a look at all the action from NRL Saturday.

Panthers v Warriors

The Warriors lost the unlosable, surrendering a 22-point lead in as many minutes.

Leading 28-6 at half-time, the Warriors switched off and the lead was gone by the time Nathan Cleary converted Matt Moylan’s 59th-minute try.

That came after Isaah Yeo (47th), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (53rd) and Waqa Blake (55th) had already run through a defensively meek Warriors side.

Tyrone Peachey crossed for a four-pointer in the 76th minute to cap a 30-0 second half that was a far cry from the first, when it was the Panthers who looked completely out of sorts.

Aside from a Yeo try in the 25th minute, the Warriors made the running against the error-riddled Panthers, with David Fusitua’s 90-metre intercept try on the stroke of half-time summing up the first 40 minutes.

Unfortunately, the New Zealanders got comfortable and forgot to come out of the sheds after the break, allowing the Panthers to end a five-game losing streak.

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Storm v Titans

Gold Coast has pulled off a mighty Houdini act, overcoming a late eight-point deficit to beat the ladder-leading Storm 38-36 in an unpredictable thriller.

The Titans had fought hard against the Storm, but appeared to be out of it when back-to-back Melbourne tries gave them a 36-28 lead with 10 minutes remaining.

But two late tries, including a superb game-winning bat-back by winger Anthony Don that allowed Konrad Hurrell to score the game-winner in a thrilling clash.

The Titans caught everyone by surprise when they drew first blood via a barging Ryan James in the 16th minute, but the Storm answered back in typical fashion.

Their big three of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk — aided by Cameron Munster, Tohu Harris and Felise Kaufusi — tore the Titans to shreds up the middle for the next 15 minutes.

Slater crossed first before a quick Cronk double, but the momentum that seemed so firmly in Melbourne’s favour quickly swung back the Gold Coast’s way when Leivaha Pulu found his way over from close range.

The resurgence continued when Don leapt into the corner after a disjointed right-side shift.

The Titans’ comeback rolled after the break when Hurrell tracked down a Nathan Peats grubber just inside the dead-ball line and the bunker upheld the ‘try’ ruling despite an apparent obstruction in the lead-up.

Gold Coast half-back Ashley Taylor then pulled off a Cronk special, landing a cross-field kick on the tryline, allowing Don to leap over Josh Addo-Carr and bat back to Chris McQueen to score.

After trailing 18-6, the Titans had scored four straight tries and 22 successive points, but the Storm were not done.

First a shift from the left wing to the right, paired with a misread by Jarryd Hayne in the centres, saw Will Chambers cross in the 64th minute.

The Storm picked at Hayne once again for their next four-pointer after the former full-back went down with a left-leg injury.

Two blindside runs later, Cronk kicked down Hayne’s vacant flank, giving Suliasi Vunivalu a clean run and catch over Tyrone Roberts, before flicking a pass to Joe Stimson.

When Cameron Munster put Cheyse Blair over in the 70th minute, it appeared Melbourne would jog home, but Roberts answered back on the end of a Taylor grubber four minutes later.

The final nail came after Vunivalu dropped a late ball, giving the Titans the field position to capitalise with the match-winning play.

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Manly v Broncos

The sight of a shattered Tom Trbojevic being helped from the field has further soured Manly’s 24-14 NRL loss to a fast-finishing Brisbane at Lang Park.

The flying full-back staked a NSW State of Origin claim on Saturday night when he helped Manly race to a 14-0 lead after just nine minutes, but it ended in tears for the Sea Eagles and possibly the Blues.

Trbojevic suffered left knee and ankle injuries in the 64th minute when he fell awkwardly while tackled by David Mead trying to defuse a Broncos bomb.

The number one was clearly distressed as he was escorted off the field by Manly support staff.

Trbojevic could do no wrong in the first half.

It took him just two minutes to run off half-back Daly Cherry-Evans and score the opening try.

Seven minutes later, Trbojevic threw a horror forward pass that somehow went unnoticed by officials and set up winger Jorge Taufua’s try.

Manly looked on track for their third-straight win with their 14-0 halftime lead — but nothing could quite prepare the 44,127-strong crowd for what happened next.

Brisbane surged to its fifth win in a row by piling on 24 unanswered second-half points, with Queensland winger Corey Oates earning a double.










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