The Brisbane Broncos have kept their finals hopes alive as they embarrassed the Newcastle Knights, 48-6, at Suncorp Stadium in front of 22,282.
It started as a scrappy affair with the errors mounting in the early minutes. Brisbane began to control and dominate the ruck mid-way through the first half which saw them collect first points.
Daniel Vidot awarded Brisbane's first try by the video referees as Justin Hodges provided the play on the right side.
Brisbane controlled majority of the game as they took a 14-0 lead into the break as Matt Gillett and Jack Reed crossed in the minutes before half time. Justin Hodges again in the action to provide the foundation for the points.
Korbin Sims gave Knights supporters some hope of a fightback in the second half as he surged over next to the uprights from a quick tap penalty. However, for Newcastle, that would be their own four-pointer of the match.
The Broncos opened the floodgates in the final 20 minutes as they ran in 34 unanswered points. Lachlan Maranta fired the first shot as he crossed via the hands of Dale Copley and Justin Hodges in the 60th minute.
Minutes later the Ben Barba showed started as he crafted a hat trick in 10 minutes. His speed and footwork saw him bring up three tries in the 61st, 66th and 71st minutes.
The final points came as Corey Oates and Jack Reed scored similar tries breaking through the line untouched to secure the victory which keeps their finals dreams in play.
Corey Parker made it a night to remember as he became the Broncos second highest points scorer, over taking Michael De Vere. He now has Darren Lockyer's point tally to chase down to claim top position.
Brisbane ran riot over the Knights as they struggled to close the holes in their tiring defensive line. Newcastle were without the services of Jeremy Smith and Kade Snowden who were suspended following the results of the ASADA investigation.
Next week the Broncos host the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium on Friday Night as they again fight for a top 8 position. Meanwhile Newcastle trek back to the Hunter as they prepare to face the Parramatta Eels on Saturday afternoon.