Broncos stun defending champions Penrith in nail-biting NRL 2023 season opener
Hold onto your hats, footy fans! Friday night lights blazed as the Brisbane Broncos took on reigning champs, the Penrith Panthers in an epic NRL season opener. The Panthers came out strong, scoring the first try within the first 10 minutes of the game. But the Broncos were not to be outdone, thanks to the magic of Adam Reynolds, who was simply phenomenal on the night. He set up Herbie Farnworth for a try, and Farnworth wasn’t done yet, adding another try after a blazing run through the Panthers’ line.
As the game heated up, Reynolds showed his leadership by slotting a crucial field goal in the 71st minute, bringing the Broncos to a seven-point lead. But don’t count out the Panthers just yet! With just five minutes left on the clock, Soni Luke charged over from close range to bring the Panthers within one point of a tie.
The crowd was on the edge of their seats as Panthers’ Nathan Cleary went for a two-point field goal, but his effort missed and was collected by Broncos’ Selwyn Cobbo, who then fumbled the ball. Panthers’ Luke appeared to have scooped up the loose ball to snatch the win, but replays showed Jarome Luai was offside on the kick chase.
The Broncos held on for dear life and claimed a thrilling 13-12 victory in a game that will go down in footy history!