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Broncos post costly win over Warriors

By Wayne Heming 03/07/2009 11:50:06 PM Comments (0)

South Sydney-bound prop Dave Taylor finally delivered on his potential, inspiring Brisbane to a much-needed 28-14 NRL win over the Warriors at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Not even two tries by veteran Warriors captain Steve Price could get his side home against a Broncos outfit desperate to end a worrying four game losing streak.

The clash had to be stopped for several minutes late in the second half after Brisbane prop Joel Clinton was knocked out cold in a sickening head clash with Warriors centre Jerome Ropati.

Clinton was unconscious for a few minutes before being ferried from the field on the medicab with his neck in a brace and blood streaming from his nose.

There were reports Clinton had to have a tube down his throat on the field.

However he appeared to wave his arms at fans to show he was OK as he was taken into the tunnel to the dressing room.

It wasn't a great night for Brisbane who also lost glamour winger Israel Folau, helped from the field early in the second half with a leg injury.

Centre Justin Hodges, playing his first game back in a month, played through the second half with mild concussion after Folau was forced off injured.

Taylor - who has signed a three-year deal with the Rabbitohs - may have played his way into a Queensland jumper after a powerhouse performance that would have delighted Broncos coach Ivan Henjak but also left him wishing the 20 year-old had produced the form a few months ago.

Taylor, who has spent as much time playing for the Central Queensland Comets in the Queensland Cup, tore into the Warriors defence, featuring in two crucial second half tries.

Forward Tonie Carroll also made a pleasing comeback, slotting back into Brisbane's side and quickly re-establishing his relationship with skipper Darren Lockyer and adding some defensive starch in the middle of the ruck.

Carroll's presence had an immediate affect on Brisbane's defence which had been struggling in recent weeks.

The Warriors looked the better side for most of the first half and could have led by a lot more than 8-4 after back-rower Simon Mannering broke in the clear but threw a shocking pass to unmarked winger Denan Kemp.

Price scored both the Warriors' tries, the first seven minutes into the game when he ploughed through three Bronco defenders and the second in the 53rd minute when he stole a bomb out young fullback Josh Hoffman's arms.

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