Broncos cruise to winning start in NRL opener


Brisbane Broncos began the 2016 NRL season with a comfortable 17-4 win away to Parramatta Eels on Thursday.

The Broncos, who lost a dramatic final 17-16 to North Queensland Cowboys in last year's decider, scored all three of their tries in the first half at Pirtek Stadium, where the hosts mustered just one in reply.

Centre Jordan Kahu grabbed the first for the visitors 15 minutes in, crossing out wide after getting on the end of a left edge shift.

Lock Corey Parker missed the conversion attempt, but made amends by sending over a penalty eight minutes later when the Eels were deemed to have played a forward pass.

Brisbane were over again in the 26th minute, Corey Oates racing down the sideline and putting in a kick that half-back Anthony Milford reached to score.

Parker again failed to convert to offer Parramatta hope and they duly struck in the 32nd minute, Brad Takairangi setting up winger Clint Gutherson following a well-worked overlap.

This time it was full-back Mick Gordon's turn to miss the kick and they were punished five minutes later when winger Oates claimed the Broncos' third try after being set up by Milford and Alex Glenn.

A tighter second half saw Milford send over a penalty and a drop goal as Wayne Bennett's men got their campaign off to a routine winning start.