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Cordner inspires Roosters in NRL thriller

NZN 3/06/2017 Matt Encarnacion

Boyd Cordner has turned in another captain's knock to lead the Sydney Roosters to a thrilling 18-16 win over Brisbane.

The victory lifted the Roosters to fourth on the NRL ladder, at the expense of the Broncos.

Three days after inspiring NSW to a record State of Origin win over Queensland, Cordner scored two match-turning tries in an 80-minute shift on Saturday night.

Cordner, one of nine players backing up from Wednesday's Origin opener, broke a six-all deadlock moments before halftime, at a wet Allianz Stadium, with a trademark left edge try.

He then appeared to have sealed the win when he latched onto a Jordan Kahu fumble with 10 minutes remaining, however, the Broncos produced two late tries to set up a grandstand finish.

Broncos goalkicker Kahu had a chance to send the game into golden point for the healthy crowd of 12,232 after Tautau Moga crossed with three minutes remaining.

But his sideline conversion hooked wide, and the Roosters survived a last-ditch scare to join St George Illawarra and Cronulla on 18 points.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson said Cordner, who finished the night with 151 metres off 18 carries to go with 24 out of 25 tackles, needed to be praised for his heroic effort.

"Broke open the game to score that try in the first half and then to take it away to that 12-point lead in the second half, just through the little efforts," Robinson said.

"It's a kick chase. It's not a carry where someone sees all the time.

"It's a kick chase that usually ends up in just having to make a tackle on somebody that not everybody notices.

"If you end up there enough like he does, you'll end up with the ball in your hands and take the game away.

"It's just an incredible performance, and what a week."

In what was a high-quality contest, both teams made a mockery of the slippery conditions by going set for set for almost 70 minutes before the late flurry of tries.

"When you coach the Broncos, you never give up," Broncos coach Wayne Bennett said.

"They just don't give up; they just keep at it.

"I thought we could've pulled it off."

The Roosters struck first courtesy of individual brilliance from centre Joseph Manu, who beat three defenders before finding Michael Gordon in support.

Brisbane levelled the scores on a left-side shift for Benji Marshall, who produced glimpses of his best as he deputised for Anthony Milford.

The contest was destined to enter the halftime break on level pegging, however, Jake Friend hit a hard-running Cordner and the Roosters took a 12-6 lead into the sheds.

After Roosters co-captain Cordner scored his second try, the Broncos ramped up their attack and found points through Corey Oates and Tautau Moga.

The visitors had a number of opportunities as they pressed for a win late, including a last-second Marshall kick that was batted over the dead-ball line.

"It's just a fine line; Benji probably passes and doesn't kick there, we probably score the try," Bennett said.

"But it comes down to one play and the last second of a game; it's not what you want."

In a sour note for the Roosters, winger Daniel Tupou could face a stint on the sidelines after coming off with a groin injury in the second half.

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