13 Jun 2011

Broncos win NRL thriller in extra time

6:03 am on 13 June 2011

History repeated in the National Rugby League on Sunday when Brisbane halfback Peter Wallace kicked a golden-point field goal to seal the Broncos' remarkable 25-24 home win over Canberra.

It marked the third time at Suncorp Stadium in four years the halfback had potted over the match-winner in extra time.

His heroics ensured the Broncos held out a stirring Raiders' comeback from 24-0 down.

For the record, Wallace had earlier kicked a golden point match-winning field goal at the ground in round three in 2007 (for Penrith) and round one in 2009 (for Brisbane).

The Broncos looked home when they led 24-0 early in the second half, before the Raiders scored four tries in nine minutes - including a double to Ruben Wiki clone Josh Papalii.

Then Blake Ferguson coolly slotted his fourth conversion - metres in from the sideline - to lock up the scores.

Without their five Origin stars, the 'baby Broncos' somehow held on to force extra time but looked shaky.

Enter new captain Alex Glenn.

He might be the Broncos' youngest skipper at 22, but Glenn looked every inch a leader as he rallied his young troops before the golden-point period.

It was just the second win in 13 games by the Broncos without their skipper Darren Lockyer and lifts the Broncos to 3rd on the ladder level with the Storm and the Cowboys.