Broncos beat Wigan with golden point

Brisbane Broncos have sealed a dramatic 14-12 golden point victory over Wigan to take out their World Club Series clash on Sunday morning (AEDT).

Playing in wet, muddy conditions at Wigan’s home ground, the two sides played an intense, physical game.

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The Broncos took an early lead with a try to Andrew McCullough, who dived over in the seventh minute after a tackle on Wigan’s Joe Burgess dislodged the ball.

Corey Parker made it 6-0 with the conversion, but Wigan drew level after 25 minutes, when second-rower Liam Farrell collected a kick from five-eighth George Williams to score.

Both sides were spoken to by the referee after a series of niggling incidents, but Brisbane and Wigan made it through to half-time without further problems with the score locked at 6-6.

Brisbane half-back Anthony Milford came into the game in the second half as his speed and movement made life difficult for the Warriors defence in the sloppy conditions.

In the 56th minute, the Broncos went ahead again, taking advantage of a penalty to spread the ball wide as Lachlan Maranta went over. Corey Parker missed the extras, but the score was 10-6 to Brisbane.

Parker made amends with a penalty in the 67th minute to make it a converted try the difference, and the Broncos looked set to win against a tiring Wigan side.

But the Warriors struck in the 79th minute with a 90-metre try, switching play from Joe Burgess to George Williams before Burgess went over to bring the crowd to its feet.

Matt Smith converted the try to send the game to golden point.

Both sides tried and missed attempts at field goals, before Wigan gave away a penalty 20m out in front of the posts.

Parker had his first attempt charged down by Anthony Gelling, who was sent to the sin bin for his efforts, before Parker converted the penalty to give Brisbane the win.

The result follows St George-Illawarra’s 18-12 win over Warrington on Saturday (AEDT).

On Monday morning (AEDT) South Sydney takes on St Helens in the World Club Challenge to bring the series to an end.

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