LIVE: Retiring Bronco ‘sends message’ with try


The Titans have left the Broncos shell-shocked returning from half-time with a spectacular full-field team try at CBUS Stadium.

Young Tonumaipea finished off a scintillating 90-metre team try started by Ash Taylor who rushed up on the Broncos and attacked the space in the line. Jai Arrow and Anthony Don linked up to follow before Tonumaipea finished off the movement.

Queensland great Corey Parker added: « The Titans are playing for keeps here, up against their big brother. »

It was a dazzling move that knocked the wind out of Brisbane, who look in all sorts on the Gold Coast.

Broncos veteran Darius Boyd has shown his still capable of turning a game after bagging a crucial Brisbane opener against the Titans on Saturday afternoon.

With a little over two games left until Boyd officially calls time on his career, the veteran is still putting in the hard yards for his beloved club.

Locked in a crucial clash against the Titans, the Broncos are desperately scrapping to avoid a second last this season to their Queensland rivals and avoid bottoming among the Sunshine State teams on the NRL ladder.

Showing effort to hustle a grubber from Sean O’Sullivan into the Titans’ try-zone, Boyd was rewarded when he got the bobble and got himself down quickly to bad the grounding.

« He’s scored a lot of tries from the broncos and that one there is a very important one tonight, » Queensland great Kevin Walters said on Fox Sports.

« It was very important they were the first try-scorers tonight to send a message out to their little brother that we’re not going anywhere, not right now. »

Gold Coast Titans’ head of culture Mal Meninga has signalled concern for his troops ahead of their clash with the Broncos.

The Titans will look to bag their second win against Brisbane this season when they clash at CBUS Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

A win for the Titans would all but consign the Broncos to a last-placed finish among the NRL’s Queensland teams, capping off what has been a torrid season for the esteemed franchise.

« Peter Gentle mentioned it in his press conference last week. Just simplifying things, he’s made it less complex than it has been.

« I like that. They’re going to run hard and tackle hard and help each other, work for each other.

« We just have to keep our standards up. If we can maintain our standards, believe in our systems and move the footy a bit, I believe we can win the game today. »

The Canberra Raiders have signalled their intentions ahead of finals football with an emphatic 37-8 win over the Dragons at WIN Stadium.

Despite failing to impart themselves on the game, Dragons youngster Cody Ramsey stole the headlines on Saturday afternoon after scoring a sensational double upon debut.

With his first touch of the ball in top-flight football, Ramsey squeezed himself across inside the post and followed it up with a second minutes later.

That shocked the Raiders into gear who locked the game up by the half, but returning for the second period it was a different story.

Issue a warning to the rest of the top-eight, Ricky Stuart’s men put their foot on the pedal and never looked back as they piled on four unanswered try to cruise home.

Dragons duo Billy Britain and Josh Kerr have been taken for HIA and will not return to the game after colliding in an ugly head collision midway through the second half.

It was a gruesome scene for the pair who both struggled to their feet before stumbling and quickly ushered off the field by medical staff.

The Dragons down to 15, and looking like a shell of their first half form as the Raiders storm away with an all but certain win.

Dragons youngster Cody Ramsey has sent the NRL world into pandemonium with his first-half double on debut against the Raiders.

Fighting back tears, his mother, Kim, opened up on what it was like seeing her son live his dream -a feat made all the more emotional due to the fact she hadn’t seen him since March because of the virus.

« I just can’t believe his dream has come true and he’s out there doing what he loves, its amazing, » she told Fox Sports.

« Cody has worked so hard, and then we sent him down here two years ago. He used to get up at 4am and get home at 9 at night, and he’s done it, he’s done it himself.

« I know it takes a lot of family and friends to raise a child, but Cody has done it himself too

« We had Christmas together, but it was March was the last tie I’ve seen Cody. We message every day and he messages his brother and sister every day so that’s lovely. »

Nine’s sensation Cody Ramsey has ignited his NRL career with a bang, scoring a stunning try against the Raiders with his first touch in top-flight football.

There was much anticipation over Ramsey, nicknamed ‘The Flying Plumber’, having impressed in the Nines tournament earlier this year.

It took 17-minutes for the 20-year-old to even get a touch on the ball in his first game for the Dragons on Saturday afternoon – but that’s all he needed.

Shifting the ball to the left flank, the Dragons found Ramsey in an inch of room before the debutant showed some class to sneak himself in at the post for his first NRL try.

That sent WIN Stadium into pandemonium, as Red V faithful went bonkers for the local star.

« Do first-class careers start any better than that? look at the excitement look at the jubilation. »

NRL great Braith Anasta added: « It’s taken months to see him in the top grade but it’s worth the wait. A perfect opening. »

« In his first game and his first touch, he comes up with a try. He had plenty of work to do. He’s a try scorer, we saw it in the Nines. Some players just know how to find the try line. »

Ramsey wouldn’t have to wait too much longer for his next taste of glory when he crossed over in identical fashion shortly before half time, thanks to a beautifully weighted float pass.

The Dragons will be counting their lucky stars they handed Ramsey his debut on Saturday, with the youngster keeping them in the game with their only points in a tight first half.

The Dragons shared a video on Twitter of interim coach Dean Young breaking the news to 20-year-old Nines sensation Cody Ramsey that he will make his NRL debut against the Raiders on Saturday.

« I’m making my debut this week, » Ramsey tells his father before Ramsey senior replies « You f—-n beauty ».

Ramsey was a stand out during the Nines tournament earlier this year, being named in the team of the tournament after finishing joint leading try scorer.


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