Outstanding Oates upstages local hero as Broncos win

Brisbane opened its premiership chase with a tough 17-4 win over a luckless Parramatta at Pirtek Park with young winger Corey Oates upstaging local hero Semi Radradra.

The giant winger set up a first half try for teammate Anthony Milford with a clever grubber kick after making a long break down the touch line before scoring a crucial try of his own just before half time to give the visitors a 14-4 lead.

Sunshine Coast star Matt Gillett was named Channel 9s man-of-the-match ahead of Oates, after almost 30 tackles, many of them chopping down big Radradra at full pace.

Parramatta though lost no admirers after starting the clash without marquee recruit Kieran Foran (hamstring) and then losing their key organiser Corey Norman (head/neck) in the first half,

Norman failed to return for the second half after landing heavily on his head and neck when tackled by Brisbane forward Josh McGuire.

McGuire wrapped both arms around Norman who tumbled over teammate Brad Takairangi before spearing face first into the turf.

He was taken to hospital for scans after complaining of neck stiffness.

Brisbane centre Jordan Kahu claimed the opening try of 2016 but was forced from the field just before half time with a quad tear that will sideline him for up to a month.

Former Manly back Clint Gutherson scored Parramatta's only try after the Broncos failed to clean up and Eel's bomb 31st minute.

New signing Michael Jennings got across the try in the 52nd minute bring the big crowd to the feet only to have the men in "The Bunker" correctly rule a double movement.

It was a big call, the right one.

Had they awarded Jennings his first try for the Eels it could have reduced the margin to 14-10 but Brisbane five-eighth managed to score the only three points of the second half with a penalty goal and a field goal.

Brisbane's defence was very good, especially in their own 20m red zone while Parramatta still looked dangerous in attack even without Norman.

The reduced interchange down the eight per team did not appear to have much of an affect on the game while the scrum clock was never threatened.

There were no penalties for players failing to use their foot in the play-the-balls which was a clear indication the message had got through to teams.

Try of the match: Milford's 25th minute try after some great lead-up work by Corey Parker and man of the match Matt Gillett who put Oates away before he grubbe kicked in-field to Milford.

Moment of the match: Josh McGuire's legal tackle on Corey Norman who sent a scare through the crowd as he landed face first into the turf.

Highlight: Watching the $2 million Bunker in Redfern whiz through several decisions and come up with the answer quickly.

Result: Brisbane 17 (Jordan Kahu, Anthony Milford, Corey Oates tries. Corey Parker goal, Milford goal. Milford field goal) bt Parramatta 4 (Clint Gutherson try) at Pirtek Park.

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