GRITTY WIN: Josh McGuire of the Broncos is tackled by Benji Marshall of the Dragons.
GRITTY WIN: Josh McGuire of the Broncos is tackled by Benji Marshall of the Dragons. PAUL MILLER

Broncos record much-needed win in the wet

THE Brisbane Broncos have restarted their stuttering NRL season with a 12-8 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons at a wet WIN Stadium.

Boosted by the return of Test and Origin stars Matt Gillett, Sam Thaiday and Josh McGuire, the Broncos scored two tries to one to revive their slim top-four hopes, at the same time all but ending the Dragons' finals ambitions.

Broncos coach Wayne Bennett was pleased with the win and hoped it would signal a change in fortunes after losing four of their past five matches.

"We just needed to get the win here and carry on with it next week and each week get a bit better. There's still plenty of time to do that,” he said.

"There's four games to go now and it's about the time we started playing well and started getting our game together.

"Hopefully we can pick up what we left off about three months ago and I'll be happy with that. It'll give us the best chance we have of advancing anywhere in the play-offs.”

After each side kicked an early penalty goal, Bronco Sam Thaiday scored the opening try, swooping on an Anthony Milford grubber kick.

Midway through the second half the Broncos took a 12-2 lead when Lachlan Maranta crossed out wide after strong lead-up work from Darius Boyd.

The Dragons finally scored a try in the 76th minute through Gareth Widdop, setting up a thrilling finish, but a last-ditch attack fizzled out.


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