A magical piece of particular person brilliance by Brisbane winger and hat-trick hero Selwyn Cobbo has been the distinction in an exhilarating 24-16 win over the Dolphins on the Gabba.
The Dolphins fought again from a 10-point deficit at halftime to steer 16-14 with 12 minutes to go on Saturday night time when Cobbo showcased the uncommon expertise that he’s.
The 21-year-old ran backwards to gather an errant cross close to the sideline earlier than chipping the ball forward from 25m out.
Cobbo ran round Dolphins defenders to retrieve the ball, hold his elbow up off the bottom as he neared the road and rating among the finest particular person tries of the NRL season.
He iced the cake with a late dart down the sideline to attain his third for the night time and break Dolphins hearts.
The Gabba had not hosted a rugby league recreation since Australia performed New Zealand in 1956.
The sold-out crowd of 30,606 was handled to a ‘Battle of Brisbane’ thriller.
The Dolphins had an early Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow attempt disallowed attributable to an obstruction on Brisbane captain Adam Reynolds.
The Broncos quickly discovered their groove.
Cobbo streaked previous reverse quantity Tesi Niu to attain. Halves Reynolds and Ezra Mam then mixed to ship centre Herbie Farnworth in to provide the Broncos a 10-nil lead within the twenty second minute.
The presence of Tabuai-Fidow within the centres had Brisbane centre Kotoni Staggs second guessing himself in defence and the Dolphins responded beautifully with a right-to-left motion that despatched Kodi Nikorima over.
Farnworth crashed by once more off a Mam cross and at halftime the Broncos appeared in management with a 16-6 lead.
The Dolphins suffered a serious blow when veteran ahead Felise Kaufusi failed an HIA within the seventeenth minute however they refused to relent.
Blockbusting Dolphins centre Valynce Te Whare crashed over three Broncos defenders to slim the deficit to simply 4 after the break and it was recreation on.
The Dolphins began to search out their mojo and Brisbane light underneath the onlsaught.
Hooker Jeremy Marshall-King darted over from dummy-half to provide the Dolphins a 16-14 lead within the 63rd minute and an upset was on the playing cards.
Cobbo turned the sport and made certain the Broncos (12-5) moved again to second spot on the ladder.
The Dolphins (7-9) suffered their fourth consecutive loss and should begin successful to have a hope of enjoying finals.
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