Brisbane have overcome a Wests Tigers comeback to claim their seventh NRL win in a row.
The Broncos will stay on top of the NRL ladder after the 42-16 victory in front of 37,620 fans at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
The win was set up by a dominant first half in which the Broncos ran in five unanswered tries, including two to backrower Alex Glenn, to take a 26-0 lead into the sheds.
Brisbane five-eighth Anthony Milford’s moment of magic sealed the home team’s first half dominance.
Milford’s no-look inside pass released Darius Boyd, who then found Jack Reed and the Brisbane centre outsprinted Kevin Naiqama to score right on the siren.
That scoreline may have lulled Brisbane into a false sense of security as the Tigers ran in three tries inside the opening 15 minutes of the second half.
Hard-running Ava Seumanafagai sparked the revival when he crashed over after a pass by Luke Brooks which looked suspiciously forward.
Just four minutes later Manaia Cherrington dived over from dummy-half and then James Tedesco’s flick pass released Naiqama, who sprinted down the touchline before finding Mitchell Moses to reduce the deficit to just 10.
An accidental elbow to the head of Tim Simona left the Tigers centre dazed and halted the visitor’s momentum.
After Simona was taken from the field for a concussion test, Broncos winger Lachlan Maranta crossed twice to complete a hat-trick and secure the points for Brisbane.
The defeat is the Tigers’ fourth in a row and leaves them rooted to the bottom of the competition ladder ahead of Friday’s clash with the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium.