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Glenn glowing after saving Broncos
Wayne Heming
16:29 AEST Sat Sep 1 2012

Kiwi international Alex Glenn was on cloud nine more than 30 minutes after saving Brisbane's NRL season with his 13th and most important try of the year against Penrith at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

The recently turned 24-year-old Aucklander, who's being groomed as a future Broncos captain, came up with the match-winner in the 75th minute to break a 12-12 deadlock with Brisbane's season on the line.

"When I went over for that try I was overwhelmed," Glenn told AAP in a vibrant Broncos dressing room.

"My emotions were running through my head. I didn't know what to do.

"It's the first time I've scored the winning try in a game. I was rapt."

Glenn's excited teammates knew exactly what to do, piling onto his back and shoulders as they realised the importance of his four-pointer before sealing a 19-12 triumph.

A courageous Penrith had earlier threatened to gatecrash Petero Civoniceva's farewell party in front of 35,000 fans after five-eighth Lachlan Coote's aerial skills levelled the scores six minutes earlier.

"When they scored that try and levelled it up (12-12) we had 10 minutes of our season left and we all had to look each other in the eye," said Glenn.

It's been a rough month for the one-time premiership favourites but the win after six straight losses may just be what the doctor ordered for the six-time premiers who have nothing to lose from the bottom half of the top-eight.

Australian Boomers basketball star Patrick Mills, who upstaged America's NBA superstars as the highest individual scorer at the London Olympics, was leading the high fives in Brisbane's dressing room after the victory.

"He was really happy for the boys and we all love having him around when he is at home," said centre Justin Hodges, whose big plays were crucial in a tight second half.

Hodges finished the game with a badly swollen lip following a full-blooded collision with Penrith winger Josh Mansour who launched himself into a tackle in the opening minutes.

"I don't really remember it too much, I was dazed for a bit," he said.

"It's ruined my looks a little bit, but I'm alright."

Hodges's class shone through when the game was on the line and he was challenged, something his coach Anthony Griffin acknowledged after the win.

"Sometimes you can get lost in a game but as a senior player, when things are on the line, you have to step up," said Hodges.

"I thought the young guys played well and really dug deep when it got tough out there."

Hodges had a message for those who believe Brisbane will be finals fodder.

"We're there, it's a new ball game and this win is going to give us a lot of confidence for next week," he said.

He said halfback Peter Wallace answered his critics with a man-of-the-match performance.

"That's Wally. He copped a fair bit as you do when you're the main playmaker in the side," said Hodges.

"He carries a big responsibility and I thought he had an exceptional night when we really needed him."


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