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Roberts injured in Broncos' NRL win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/04/2017

Jordan Kahu of the Broncos is congratulated by team mates after scoring a try during the round nine NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Penrith Panthers. © Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images Jordan Kahu of the Broncos is congratulated by team mates after scoring a try during the round nine NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Penrith Panthers. The sight of NSW hopeful James Roberts being carried off the field has soured Brisbane's 32-18 NRL win over Penrith at Suncorp Stadium.

Roberts staked another claim for a Blues jersey with an 85m wonder try but his Origin dream may be shattered after damaging his right knee with seven minutes left on the clock.

A shattered Roberts had to be escorted from the field after his leg collided with teammate Matt Gillett in a tackle.

Brisbane still cruised to a fourth-straight victory, in front of crowd of 21,464 on Thursday night.

Pressure is building on Panthers coach Anthony Griffin after the early season favourites slumped to a fifth consecutive defeat and a 2-7 season start.

The Panthers have been doing it tough this year but Griffin would have been forgiven for arriving in Brisbane with rare confidence.

Ahead of the round nine clash, Griffin had a 8-1-1 (win-draw-loss) record against Wayne Bennett, the best of any coach against the seven-time premiership winner.

Yet even bogey man Griffin couldn't stop Brisbane who led 28-0 at the 65th minute mark.

The Panthers did at least ensure some anxious moments for Bennett, launching a mini-comeback by crossing for three tries in eight minutes.

There was another bunker drama after Penrith prop James Tamou was denied a fifth-minute try when officials curiously claimed hooker Peter Wallace knocked on in the lead-up.

Referee Gerard Sutton sent the decision upstairs, recommending a try.

The red light was given despite replays showing the ball being dislodged from a try-bound Wallace in a Josh McGuire tackle and bouncing backwards to Tamou, who crashed over.

The controversy came a week after referees boss Tony Archer claimed Tautau Moga's decisive second-half try in Brisbane's controversial last round win over South Sydney should not have been allowed by the bunker.

Penrith missed a staggering 31 first-half tackles as Brisbane cruised to a 22-0 lead at the break, crossing for four tries.

Broncos centre Roberts showed why he is considered the NRL's fastest man in the 18th minute when he snaffled up an Isaah Yeo spilt ball and pinned his ears back and score untouched.

Meanwhile, Penrith lost bench forward Tim Browne (concussion) in the 46th minute.

Brisbane prop Korbin Sims suffered a suspected broken nose when he barged his way over to score in the 49th minute.

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