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Folau bags four as Broncos belt Titans

By Wayne Heming 15/05/2009 11:25:04 PM Comments (0)

Israel Folau showed why Brisbane was prepared to "sell the farm" to secure his services with a four-try haul in a 32-18 win over the Titans at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Folau's quartet of tries matched the efforts of former Broncos Denan Kemp, teammates Justin Hodges and Karmichael Hunt, Wendell Sailor, and Steve "The Pearl" Renouf who did it five times.

Brisbane captain Darren Lockyer said Folau, the youngest player to represent Australia in 100 years, had "made a big difference".

The Titans had a 12-8 lead at half time and the game was in the balance at 20-18 with nine minutes left before Brisbane halfback Peter Wallace darted over for the game-breaking try and Folau ended his big night with his fourth try a minute before full time.

Folau floated between wing and centre using his "gut feeling" to be in the right place at the right time.

Brisbane went all out to sign the youngster from the Melbourne Storm this season and the towering 20-year-old has already gone a long way to repaying them with more than 40,000 fans turning up to watch the game.

If fans had backed Folau to be first try scorer in games this season, they would raking in the cash.

"I'm just happy to be in the side," said the modest Mormon in a massive understatement.

Coach Ivan Henjak may even pick him to play against Wests Tigers next Friday night he went so well.

"Yeah, he's handy," said Henjak, quickly adding "I'm not trying to be smart.

"Anyone who can score tries like he can is handy to have in your side."

Lockyer said Folau's ability to "sniff things out" was a huge asset.

"He's a real finisher," said Lockyer, admitting he felt another golden point thriller between the two sides.

"Give him the ball 10 metres out with three defenders to beat or roll a ball into the goal or put it in the air and he'll score nine times out of 10."

Folau's haul was well short of his personal best; he scored eight tries for the Minto Cobras as a 12 year-old.

Asked if he had five tries in him to break the club record he said: "I don't think I have".

Unfortunately for Titans skipper his 200th premiership game was not one to remember.

Coach John Cartwright felt his injury-ravaged side, who toiled without Test duo Luke Bailey and Anthony Laffranchi, were stiff to lose.

"I really thought that was a game that got away on us," he said.

"If we had play 10 per cent smarter we would have won that game."

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