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Broncos slip to nine straight wins

By Sharon Mathieson 11/06/2005 09:27:10 PM Comments (0)

It was worth slipping, sliding and rummaging in the mud.

Not only did it deliver Shane Webcke his first win as Brisbane Broncos captain but fellow farmers across south eastern Australia finally received the rain they've spent months waiting for.

Webcke and his new breed of Baby Broncos, featuring four 18-year-olds in the backline, beat Canberra 20-12 at Canberra Stadium to stretch Brisbane's winning streak to nine consecutive National Rugby League matches.

For Canberra, it was the team's fourth loss in a row after coming off a bye last week and could knock the Raiders out of the top eight.

A passionate farmer, Webcke owns a property at Leyburn, near Warwick on the NSW-Queensland border, and knew more than most the importance of tonight's miserable, wet, cold and slippery conditions.

"I'm a farmer myself so I'm sort of happy on one hand, and sad on the other, when it comes to playing in the mud like that," he said.

"I haven't played in a game of footy like that for some years so it was testing."

After a shaky start, Brisbane's superior kicking game won the visitors the match but Canberra had the numerous chances early on to put points on the board.

The Raiders dominated play for the first 25 minutes but failed to translate their possession into points as both teams struggled on the ice rink-like field.

The match changed in Brisbane's favour in the 28th minute when Raiders halfback Lincoln Withers lost a boot.

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