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Broncos beat Titans 24-18 in trial

By Wayne Heming 14/02/2009 11:39:33 PM Comments (0)

New signings Ben Te'o and Lagi Setu made impressive debuts as Brisbane beat Gold Coast Titans 24-18 at Kougari Oval, Wynnum, on Saturday.

Former Tiger Te'o scored Brisbane's final try, bursting through several defenders wide out to seal the win.

Te'o and the imposing Setu are tipped to start in the Broncos' back-row for the NRL season opener against the Cowboys on March 13.

The lead changed hands several times in an entertaining clash in front of a crowd of close to 4,000.

A smart try to livewire centre Esi Tonga, the younger brother of representative centre Willie Tonga, off a nice cut-out ball from halfback Brad Davis, put the Titans back in from 12-10 five minutes before half-time.

The Gold Coast could have led by more except for a great cover tackle by Brisbane prop Dave Taylor which denied Titan Tom Kingston a try in the left-hand corner.

The Titans scored the first try after former Bronco Test forward Brad Meyers executed a routine hit and spin play in the 21st minute.

Brisbane replied five minutes later when impressive young winger Antonio flew high to pull down an Aaron Gorrell crossfield bomb.

The Broncos took the lead 8-6 in the 31st minute after prop Aaron Sweeney crashed over out wide.

Gorrell's difficult conversion gave the Broncos a 10-6 before Tonga scored and five-eighth Jordan Rankin hoisted a sideline conversion between the posts.

Titans hooker and former Bronco Ian Lacey lasted five minutes against his former club before leaving the field with blood flowing from a cut cheek.

Another former Bronco Chris Walker made a successful comeback from two Achilles tendon injuries.

Walker had a try disallowed in the dying minutes but came through his first game in 18 months.

Both sides showcased some impressive young talent with Brisbane wingers Antonio Winterstein and Jharal Yow Yeh both scoring tries.

For the Titans, halfback Brad Davis impressed along with Esi Tonga and Brad Meyers.

Forward Sam Tagataese showed some glimpses of why the Titans expect him to be a valuable pick up this season.

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