The win sent the Broncos through to the last decider for the first time since 2006, ending the longest drought in club history.
now await the winner of Saturday night's clash between the Cowboys, who
the Broncos beat in the first week of this year's finals series, and
the Storm, Brisbane's opponent in its 2006 triumph.
The Broncos may, however, have some concerns as far as retiring captain Justin Hodges is concerned.
playing his 250th NRL game and his last at home, left the field briefly
in the 24th minute after injuring his lower back in a tackle by Dylan
Napa but his problems lie with the match review committee after he was
placed on report for a lifting tackle in the second half.
It was a very rare blemish in an otherwise brilliant performance against the minor premiers.
brain snap handed the Broncos a dream start when, in the second minute,
Roosters winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall through a 20-metre pass in-field
after fielding a Ben Hunt kick only to find chasing Brisbane full-back
Darius Boyd, who touched down under the posts.
The second Broncos
try also came on an error of judgement by a Rooster, although Roger
Tuivasa-Sheck could be forgiven for allowing Hunt's 11th-minute grubber
into the corner bounce one more time.
Unfortunately for the
Roosters full-back, Jordan Kahu flew through the air and batted the ball
back into play and it ricocheted off Hodges and back into the hands of
Hunt, who dotted down.
Another piece of brilliance, this time an inside-out set play between
Hunt and halves partner Anthony Milford, leading to a try for hooker
Andrew McCullough, but the Roosters hit back twice through Blake
Ferguson when identical right-side shifts, aided by missed tackles by
Jack Reed, resulted in a pair of converted tries.
It appeared to
swing the momentum back in the visitors' favour before Hunt produced a
brilliant cut-out pass to Corey Oates on the Broncos' final raid of the
first stanza to give Brisbane a 20-12 half-time lead.
from bad to worse when half-back Mitchell Pearce, in his first game back
from injury, was ruled out for the rest of the game with ice on his
troublesome right knee.
But they looked to have opened the scoring
after the break when Kenny-Dowall collected a Tuivasa-Sheck offload
but, despite a try being ruled on the field, the video referee found
sufficient evidence of a knock-on to overturn the decision.
Again the Broncos hit back immediately when Milford grubbered through the line and touched down in the 48th minute.
crossed on the left side on the hour mark and Milford slotted a field
goal three minutes later, all but kicking off celebrations in Brisbane.