16 Jul 2011

Broncos into NRL top four

6:23 am on 16 July 2011

Brisbane have moved into the NRL top four and edged closer to locking up a finals spot with an impressive 30-10 win over Gold Coast at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

The win edged the Broncos ahead of the Cowboys who need to beat Wests Tigers in Townsville on Saturday night to hang onto their place in the top four.

Victory pushed Brisbane to 28 competition points with seven rounds remaining and another two wins would guarantee they make the finals after missing out for the first time in 19 seasons last year.

The only issue for Brisbane, who have their six State of Origin stars back on deck, was a first half incident which saw bench forward Josh McGuire placed on report for coming in late with a loose arm on rival Greg Bird.

There was another incident late in the game when Titans centre Bodene Thompson was penalised after he threw the football into the head of Brisbane lock Parker and then hit him with an open handed jab.

The Titans lock Ashley Harrison failed to see out the local derby, leaving the field after 14 minutes with an elbow injury.