Broncos cleared to play but may still face sanctions over pub visit

The Broncos issued a statement on Wednesday saying the club believed up to 10 players who had a steak lunch at Brisbane's Everton Park Hotel did not breach Project Apollo protocols.

The NRL and Queensland Police Service have each launched an investigation into the matter, with police authorities confirming its own enquiries "found no breach of the Chief Health Officer's public health directions".

The NRL's investigation remains ongoing, but acting CEO Andrew Abdo confirmed the Broncos contingent would not be placed in a COVID-19 hold on the advice of biosecurity experts.

Pangai fined $30,000, stood down indefinitely

Pangai's punishment is the largest issued by the NRL for breaking Project Apollo protocols and comes as Brisbane's board weighs up whether to terminate his contract - worth just under $2 million over three years - over a string of recent incidents.

The Tongan international will be given five business days to respond to the NRL sanctions after he visited a Brisbane barbershop with bikie connections over the weekend.

Wantaway winger helps Warriors down Broncos

The giant winger, who is one of the Warriors players that want to return to New Zealand to be with their familties, has scored two tries and run for almost 300 metres to help his side to a come-from-behind 26-16 win over the Brisbane Broncos in Gosford.

Brisbane, in search of their first win since the NRL restart, had led 10-nil after half an hour, with Maumalo dotting down on the stroke of halftime to keep the Warriors in touch.

NRL legend Billy Slater hammers Tevita Pangai Jnr

Having struggled to match their opponents in the middle of the field since the season restarted from the COVID-19 shut down, the return of Pangai Jnr from suspension was expected to boost the Broncos' go-forward.

The Tongan international enforcer had been sidelined for four weeks after he was charged for dangerous contact for a high shot on Justin O'Neill in the Broncos' round one win over the Cowboys. 

Broncos release James Roberts

Fox Sports reported that the Broncos announced on Wednesday they had agreed to cut Roberts’ contract short after he requested a release on compassionate grounds.

Roberts has signed a contract with the Rabbitohs which runs to the end of 2021.

“I’m really excited to be coming back to Souths and playing under Wayne again,” Roberts said.

“There are some great players at this club and I can’t wait to get into training and getting back on the field.

Maki and Boas put Hunters in front

The stadium erupted five minutes into the match when winger Jonus Pearson flew in to score.

The kick from Jordan Kahu was on the dot sailing through to put the visitors in front.

 An unmarked Wawa Paul came close to putting the Hunters on the board but the pass fell just short of his reach with the ball rolling out over the side line.

Trust Wartovo Puara Jr to produce points.

Close to the line, Enock Maki was hard to stop after a short ball from Puara saw him bump and spin out of a tackle to slam the ball down.

Broncos and Hunters all set

Broncos assistant coach of the, Jason Demetriou said his side won’t be taking the Hunters lightly at home.

Hunters coach, Michael Marum said the boys are looking forward to the match against a top NRL side and is expects the Hunters to rise to the challenge.

The trial match is set to kick off at 3:30pm and will be broadcast live on TVWAN. The curtain raiser will be the encounter between the Lae Snax Tigers and Nadi Aviators starting at 1pm.

Broncos fever hits Vabukori

Hundreds both young and old flocked in from as far as Badili and Sabama to see their idols.

There was plenty to see which included singing and dancing from the villagers plus the opportunity to ask the Broncos players questions and photo opportunities.

“We are blessed to be the host to a very popular rugby league team. It is an honor to have them here,” said Vabukori village councillor, Turaho Morea.

He said the village was grateful for the opportunity and thanked the Broncos and the PNG Rugby Football League for choosing Vabukori.

Storm crush Broncos on way to Grand Final

After dominating the competition all year, the Storm last night advanced to the club's eighth season decider and second in a row.

With Cronk set to retire or move to a Sydney-based club after season 2017, it ensures the Storm will have plenty of motivation as they get set to face the Sydney Roosters or North Queensland on Sunday week at ANZ Stadium.

After being wasteful in the first 40 minutes, the minor premiers went into the breakup 8-0 but turned it on the second stanza, running in three tries including a Billy Slater double.

Beaten Broncos feel wrath of Wayne

After a weekend to reflect on their 24-22 qualifying final loss to the Roosters last Friday the Broncos were put through an arduous one-hour field session designed to rectify the frailties that have been exposed early in recent games.

Both Darius Boyd and Tevita Pangai Jnr failed to train with the main squad but are a chance to line up against Penrith with Kodi Nikorima spending the majority of the session in the fullback position.