1 Sep 2013

Broncos' finals hopes end

9:46 am on 1 September 2013

The Brisbane Broncos have had their National Rugby League finals hopes dashed for just the second time in 21 years, going down 26-18 at home to the Newcastle Knights.

Brisbane arrived at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night just one point outside the top eight but at 13th on a congested NRL ladder knowing they could not let their guard slip again.

The Broncos led 14-6 at half-time but couldn't hold on as the Knights piled on three of the next four tries to send former Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett home a winner.

Newcastle climb to seventh.