Live NRL blog: Brisbane Broncos v Canterbury Bulldogs

9.33pm 18-16 (Bulldogs) Full time

Broncos fought hard in the last ten minutes, but were unable to break through a solid line of blue and white.

9.20pm 18-16 (Bulldogs) 

Corey Parker now sits even with Lockyer 's most-points-for-a-club record after converting his own try right beneath the posts.

9.13pm 18-10 (Bulldogs) 

Josh Morris scores for Canterbury on the left side - it's his ninth try for the season.

The booing from Broncos fans is not enough to distract Hodkinson who takes the two points.

9.06pm 12-10 (Bulldogs)

The official crowd at Suncorp Stadium: 34,082.

The Bulldogs' Michael Lichaa walks off with an injury to his left knee.

8.50pm 12-10 (Bulldogs)

Sam Perrett - earlier reported as Curtis Rona - glides over the line, 10m in from touch, on the right side the to score his 18th try for the season.

Hodkinson has no troubles converting the try.

8.30pm Half time 10-6 (Broncos)

Brisbane have led at half time 11 times and won every one of those times. 

8.20pm 10- 6 (Broncos)

Aiden Tolman crashes through Alex Glenn from close range. Hodkinson adds to extras to give the Bulldogs six points with ten to go in the first half.

8.14pm 10-0 (Broncos)

Video disallows try to Bulldogs.

Parker's conversion puts him within six points of Darren Lockyer's all-time record. 

8.09pm 10-0 (Broncos)

Corey Oates gets his second try for the night, again on the left corner after a Milford-Boyd combination pass.

Corey Parker converts to put Brisbane ten points ahead. 

8.04pm 4-0 (Broncos)

Canterbury forwards Aiden Tolman and James Graham are working overtime with already 29 tackles between them.

 

7.53pm 4-0 (Broncos)

Corey Oates dives over the left corner to put four points on the board after Brisbane gets back-to-penalties.

It's his ninth try for the season.

Corey Parker fails to convert.

Ticker says, 'the Broncos are starting with a lot more intensity than they did against Manly."

7.46pm CANTERBURY kick off with the ball going straight into the arms of Brisbane. 

EARLIER: CANTERBURY-Bankstown Bulldogs will clash against Brisbane Broncos at their home of Suncorp Stadium.

A win will be important for Brisbane, still sore from last week's loss against Manly Sea Eagles, if they wish to remain on top of the ladder and take the 2015 minor premiership title.

Sportsbet has Brisbane ($1.43) as favourites to win against the Bulldogs ($2.92).

The game will kick off at 7.45pm.

7.43pm

The official clock is about to start counting down.

David Stuart

7.32pm

The Bulldogs are huddling in a circle on the field as the Broncos cheer squad get the crowd warmed up. 

7.27pm

Dancers take to the field to mark the Indigenous round of the NRL competition.

David Stuart

7.12pm

The Broncos are out on the field warming up virtually unrecognisable in white shirts.

7.00pm

Brisbane has won the feisty curtain raiser U20s game against the Bulldogs with two scuffles breaking out in the final minutes.

"The under-20s match between Brisbane and Canterbury produced a bigger total (63) than Australia scored runs in the third test," Ticker observed.

6.50pm

I'm sitting next to my colleague and veteran rugby league reporter Wayne 'Ticker' Heming.

He predicts a 24-14 win to the Broncos.

"I think, if Brisbane can withstand the early battering the Bulldogs will dish out, then they should hit back from last week's poor display against Manly," Ticker says.

"But this will be a intriguing clash."

David Stuart

6.29pm

SUNCORP Stadium is beginning to fill up ahead of tonight's clash between the Broncos and the Bulldogs.

David Stuart

So, who is going to win tonight's game? APN spoke to some fans.

Bulldogs supporters James Beazlie and Rachel Barker were both, surprise, surprise, backing the Dogs.

James reckons it will be "pretty close" and, when pushed, said Canterbury would go home victorious with a 14-10 win under their belts. 

And how about Rachel? "The same," she said. 

Bulldogs fans Rachel Barker and James Beazlie.
Bulldogs fans Rachel Barker and James Beazlie. David Stuart

 

Suncorp Stadium, bathed in the late afternoon Queensland sunset, is ready for the battle that lies ahead.

David Stuart

As one would expect, it's not hard to find Broncos fans at Suncorp Stadium.

Kirsten Doyle and Mitch Tabke, decked out in maroon and mustard, both predicted big wins for the Broncos in front of a home crowd.

Mitch predicts a 26-12 win for Bennett's boys and Kirsten tips Brisbane to win 38-12.

David Stuart

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are not the only boys in blue attempting to maintain control tonight.

David Stuart

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