Blaz­ing Bron­cos trounce Tigers

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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.

Pic­ture: GETTY IM­AGES

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

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