Full Time
80:00
8:05pm Fri March 20, 2020
Round 2 - Suncorp Stadium

Match Overview

Brisbane have got off to flyer in 2020, after defeating the South Sydney Rabbitohs 22-18 at an eerily empty Suncorp Stadium tonight. 

Broncos strike centre Kotoni Staggs was the hero, scoring a hat-trick in a devastating performance from a player who has recently been seen as the next big thing in the famous #3 jersey moving forward at Red Hill. 

While it is a very stacked NSW side in 2020 to break into for outside backs, Staggs continues to push his name forward as he put in an elite performance in a big game against one of the competition heavyweights in what was an eye-catching performance from the Wellington junior. 

The win sees coach Anthony Seibold finally get the jump on his legendary predecessor at the club and rival coach in Wayne Bennett since the duo famously swapped clubs, however the win has been somewhat dampened by injuries to major off season signing Brodie Croft with a shoulder injury early in the match, followed by what may also be a worrying rib injury to Queensland winger Corey Oates late in the contest. 

It was built as a real grudge back between the two coaches, it was Anthony Seibold's side that got the momentum early, when new Broncos half, Brodie Croft gave his blockbusting centre Staggs some early ball off a scrum play and Staggs muscled over for the first try of the night. 

Despite Jamayne Isaako failing to convert Staggs' first try, he delivered minutes later, when he found the explosive Anthony Milford off an inside ball. Milford then found himself in the clear, skipping forwards and then backwards to shrug away from would be defenders, before slamming the ball down to give his side the lead after just a quarter of the game. The Broncos then extended the score to 10-0 following a cheap penalty from Souths prop Junior Tatola, which Isaako duly converted. 

Brisbane continued to dominate throughout the half before the Rabbitohs sprung to life late, with Souths winger Campbell Graham latching onto a superb pass from Cody Walker to get his side on the board, trailing 10-4 as the half neared to a close. 

Souths continued to change the momentum, when former Bronco James Roberts then exploded onto a ball from a Souths scrum play to find Cody Walker who scored a crucial try just before halftime. Adam Reynolds then converted the Roberts try, followed quickly by a late penalty and the Bunnies held an unlikely 12-10 lead at the break. 

Broncos centre Kotoni Staggs then put his stamp on the match with two successive tries to turn the game on its head, and give his side a commanding 22-12 lead. 

Souths' interchange handyman Alex Johnson then scored what proved to be a late consolation try when he collected a re-bound from his own kick to score and give his side a late chance. 

It wasn't to be however, with the Broncos remaining undefeated after the first 2 rounds of the season and give them tremendous confidence early in the 2020 season 

Brisbane now face the Titans in Round 3 in the local South Queensland derby, while the Rabbitohs now face their bitter rivals and defending premiers the Roosters next Friday night.

3. Kotoni Staggs

Scored a hat-trick and delivered in a big game. Turned the game on it's head with 2 quick tries in the second half/

2. Anthony Milford

Despite losing his halves partner Croft after 14 minutes, Milford took the lead, scoring a sensational try and looks to be re-gaining form in great signs for the Broncos.

1. Thomas Flegler

Massive game from the young front rower with a strong 12 hit ups for 105 metres. Going to be hard to leave him out of the starting 13 moving forward.