Broncos one-two hit Eels; Flyer’s final battle is exciting: Big Hits

The Brisbane Broncos outplayed the Eels at home, winning 36-14.

On a damp CommBank Stadium, things were looking up for Brad Arthur’s side, crossing first courtesy of Maika Sivo.

As the Eels cult hero scored, the famous chant “Sivo” echoed throughout the stadium.

“The crowd is five minutes into this contest and the Sivo chant is already out,”

“This man just dominates.”

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But the Eels’ joy would end there, as Corey Oates scored his first after a Brenko Lee kick bounced off the defenders.

Moments later, returning from a pair of shoulder injuries, Payne Haas put his mark on the game, crossing the line from 20 yards out to score.

“Payne Haas … it’s almost impossible to stop on a retreating defense with a head of steam like he does,” Cooper Cronk said.

“He just burst through the tackle there,” Warren Smith said.

Minutes later, point guard Adam Reynolds orchestrated his team’s third try with a grubber to find Jordan Riki.

“Adam Reynolds just summed it up so well,” Smith said.

Eels young gun Will Penisini was then sent to the trash, leaving a gaping hole for Kurt Capewell to slice for the Broncos’ fourth.

Eels center Waqa Blake fired back at the halftime mark before the Broncos scored early in the second, after a pinpoint kick from Reynolds found Corey Oates.

Maika Sivo scored her second goal the night before Reynolds capped off a stellar performance, kicking Clint Gutherson loose forward before stabilizing the ball to silence the home crowd.

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Read the talking points from tonight’s game below.

BATTLE OF THE FINISHERS

Who is the deadliest finisher in the game?

Parramatta’s Maika Sivo and Brisbane’s Corey Oates held firm in the conversation with two tries each on Thursday.

That’s 16 tries in as many games this season for Oates, second only on the goalscoring list after Alex Johnston, who has come through 19 times.

He has now bagged doubles in three games in a row, becoming the fourth Bronco to achieve the feat – Steve Renouf three times (1995, 1997 – 4 games – and 1999), Lote Tuqiri once (2001) and Selwyn Cobbo more early this year (Rds 9-11).

Oates has also scored at least one try in five straight games.

Meanwhile, Maika Sivo has now scored five tries in just six games this season.

He has 32 tries in as many games at CommBank Stadium, including tries in his last four games at the venue.

Sivo also has 11 tries in nine games against Brisbane; his best score against any team.

It also equals the Eels’ all-time try record against the Broncos held by Luke Burt, who took 21 games to score his 11.

Since his long-awaited return in Round 14, the eel cult hero hasn’t skipped a beat.

The Fijian flyer crossed for the Eels on the first of the night, with ‘Sivo’ chants echoing through the stadium.

Sivo’s teammates couldn’t help but praise his commitment to coming back in the best shape possible.

“How good to see Maika Sivo back, six games back since that knee reconstruction,” Russell said.

“Interesting to hear his Parramatta teammates talking about Maika…tonight Mitchell Moses says he’s never seen Maika in better shape.

“Last week it was Clint Gutherson who praised him for the way he worked and the fitness he restored…maybe the best is yet to come from Maika Sivo in her fourth season in the NRL.”

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BRONCOS ONE-TWO PUNCH

The Broncos’ representative forward duo of Payne Haas and Patrick Carrigan returned to Kevin Walters’ side in Round 19.

The pair were at their best and combined for an impressive first-half try.

Carrigan took the ball down the line, throwing an ambitious pass to Haas who charged across the line to score.

“Payne Haas … it’s almost impossible to stop on a retreating defense with a head of steam like he does,” Cooper Cronk said.

The Fox League panel of experts were stunned by the pair’s dominating performance, explaining that their advance gave the Broncos the upper hand.

“We talked earlier about the one-two punch that worked so well for Brisbane between Haas and Carrigan,” Yates said.

“There was a 30-minute stretch there where the Broncos just dominated, the whole game was at that end of the field, Carrigan and Haas start again,” Alexander said.

“It was a huge comeback from Payne Haas, but Carrigan did a lot of damage with his footwork and short passing through the middle,” Ennis said.

The duo combined for a staggering 332 yards rushed, eight tackle jumps, two line-breaking assists, one try assist and 46 tackles.

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