Wests Tigers suffered a 32-12 loss to Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium tonight in round 14 of the Telstra Premiership.


The visitors were boosted by the return from injury of full-back James Tedesco and forward Liam Fulton.


Tedesco opened the scoring for Wests Tigers in the third minute when a right foot grubber kick infield by Fulton saw him dive on the ball to score near the posts. Five-eighth Benji Marshall converted to give Wests Tigers a 6-0 lead after four minutes.


Lock Braith Anasta left the field in the 13th minute with a left shoulder injury.

The Broncos opened their account in the 16th minute when forward Matt Gillett pushed off Marshall and then second-rower Eddy Pettybourne before going past Marshall again to score out wide. Five-eighth Scott Prince converted for a 6-all scoreline after 18 minutes.


Wests Tigers hooker Masada Iosefa was placed on report in the 25th minute for tripping Broncos captain Sam Thaiday.


The Broncos went to a 10-6 lead in the 26th minute when centre Jack Reed scored off a grubber kick by winger Josh Hoffman after both were involved in the lead up play from a defused bomb by half-back Peter Wallace. Princes conversion attempt hit the right hand upright.


Iosefa was denied a try in the 32nd minute from dummy half after it was ruled forward Jack Buchanan obstructed the defence despite Prince being offside.


Prince converted a penalty goal from 17m out in front after forward Sauaso Sue was penalised for a late hit on prop Ben Hannant to give the Broncos a 12-6 lead after 36 minutes.


Hoffman extended the Broncos lead to 16-6 in the 39th minute after a nice ball from Reed. It came on the back of a short kick play on the last tackle by Marshall for Tedesco, giving Brisbane good field possession. Prince failed to convert the try to leave Brisbane with a 16-6 lead at half-time.


2nd Half

The Broncos went to a 20-6 lead in the 55th minute when centre Justin Hodges picked up a spilt crossfield kick by centre Joel Reddy. Prince converted the try for a 22-6 lead.


Prince gave Brisbane a 26-6 lead in the 65th minute when he brushed off Marshall and a diving Fulton to score out wide. He failed to convert his own try from the sideline.


Promising young forward Sauaso Sue scored his first career try in the 75th minute under the posts. Marshall converted the try for a 26-12 scoreline.


The Broncos were not done with when Hoffman dived over in the corner for a 30-12 lead. Prince converted for the 32-12 scoreline.