Posted February 09, 2018 05:16:38North Queensland are in first place in the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership after defeating the Sydney Roosters 38-13 at the south Sydney Sportsground on Saturday.
Key points:The Broncos have won the last two seasonsNorth Queensland’s win in 2018 was the second time in three seasons the Broncos have been on top of the tableThe Broncos won their third title in four years with a 13-13 win over Melbourne in 2018North Queensland head coach Rob Parker has been at the helm of the club since 2014The Broncos took an early lead in the first quarter of the match and, despite the Rooster onslaught, it was the Broncos who had the better of the contest.
North Queensland scored early, with Tom Trbojevic scoring two tries to take the lead, and they extended the lead to 10-0 with 10 minutes remaining in the half.
After a scoreless opening half, the Broncos started to make changes and the Rooster offence was put under pressure.
Ben Barba and Ben Barba, the NRL’s top scorers this season, were also added to the line-up.
In the second half, Rooster coach Jason Taylor announced his side would be coming out of the tunnel to contest a try from the lineout.
But the Roonees were still able to take control of the game, as Barba’s long pass was tipped over the line and he found Sam Kasiano in the corner with just the keeper’s glove to block.
Barrea then went over the top of a Sam Cane kick and ran it over the crossbar.
The Rooster converted with just one minute left to give North Queensland a 28-10 lead.
The Broncos continued to push forward and, after the Rootters missed a couple of field goals, they were rewarded for their efforts by winning the next four minutes of the second term.
Ben Matulino scored the only try for North Queensland in the fourth minute of the final term and the Broncos kept their pressure on and took a 27-20 lead.
However, the Roots were able to equalise in the fifth minute of a tense clash and then win a penalty after an illegal touch.
The Roosting players were awarded a try after a collision between Matulico and Nathan Davis and they had a try awarded to them for a deliberate knock.
However they missed another try from Sam Kasian and a try for James Tamou for a penalty for a turnover on the line.
It was North Queensland’s first win over the Roos since 2014 and they took the win as their eighth win in nine matches.
North and Roostar are the only teams from the same division to have a chance of winning the NRL title.