Blazing Broncos trounce Tigers
NOT much went right for NSW hopeful James Tedesco but most concern was for Brisbane hooker Andrew McCu- llough last night after his sickening head knock soured the Broncos’ 36-0 NRL rout of Wests Tigers. Incumbent Blues No.1 Tedesco fluffed his final chance to stake a State of Origin claim as the hosts romped to their sixth straight win in front of a crowd of 21,197 at a wet Suncorp Stadium. However, the victory came at a price after McCullough was knocked out cold when caught in an awkward position trying to tackle Kyle Lovett in the 58th minute. McCullough’s head was split open by the impact and he was treated for minutes on the field before being taken from the field on a medicab. Tedesco at least finished the game, but little else went the NSW speedster’s way. Before the match, there was speculation Gold Coast’s Jarryd Hayne may be pressuring Tedesco for the NSW No.1 jersey.
And Tedesco did little to end the talk with a frustrating display that included not one but three disallowed tries and a stint in the sin bin. Tedesco got his marching orders in the 33rd minute for a professional foul then watched from the sidelines as Brisbane scored two tries in his absence to jump to a 24-0 halftime lead.
The signs were ominous for the second-from-bottom Tigers when they lost halfback Luke Brooks before kick-off.
The Tigers at least welcomed back skipper Aaron Woods. But nothing could stop Brisbane storming to a six- tries-to-nil victory.
Brisbane five-eighth Anthony Milford laid on three tries and crossed himself.
Milford is expected to be placed on standby for Queensland playmaker Johnathan Thurston (shoulder) when the Maroons team is announced early next week.
Brisbane’s Josh McGuire charges into the Tigers defence during last night’s one-sided contest at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. INSET: James Tedesco is treated on-field after his head knock