The Brisbane Broncos are one of the most successful clubs in the modern era of Australian rugby league. They have won six premierships since joining the NSWRL in 1988, three of which have come after the inception of the national competition in 1998.
However, these are tough times at Red Hill. The 2020 NRL season was difficult for everybody, but nobody suffered worse than the Broncos as they sank to the bottom of the ladder.
The 2021 season was slightly more promising for the Broncos, who won three of their last five games. Although they finished 14th on the NRL table, only six competition points separated them eighth place.
Can Kevin Walters and new skipper Adam Reynolds steer this rejuvenated Broncos squad back into finals contention? Let’s take a look at the odds for NRL 2022.
About the Brisbane Broncos
|Home ground:||Suncorp Stadium|
|Premierships:||Six – 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2006|
|2021 ladder finish:||14th (7-17)|
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|2022 Premiership||Make Top 4||Make Finals|
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- It’s been a tough slog for Broncos fans over the past decade, but they’re optimistic of a form reversal in 2022. The bookies are being a bit more generous about their chances in 2022, opening the Broncos as $26 chances to take out the NRL Grand Final, but it would take some serious football from the young squad if they were to pull it off. A new leader and a level-headed halfback will take them a long way, though, while having one of the best forwards in the competition is only going to be an advantage.
- While the Brisbane locals and Broncos fans alike will be praying for a premiership, it might be wise from a betting perspective to aim down and take the $3 for the Broncos to make the finals and finish in the top eight. Kevin Walters has had enough time to get to know his players now, and a few new inclusions should build the team morale. They can start 2022 the same way they finished 2021.
Brisbane Broncos 2022 draw
|1||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, March 11||8:05pm|
|2||Canterbury Bulldogs||Accor Stadium||Sunday, March 20||6:15pm|
|3||North Queensland Cowboys||Suncorp Stadium||Sunday, March 20||6:15pm|
|4||New Zealand Warriors||Moreton Daily Stadium||Saturday, April 2||3pm|
|5||Sydney Roosters||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, April 8||7:55pm|
|6||Penrith Panthers||BlueBet Stadium||Friday, April 25||7:55pm|
|7||Canterbury Bulldogs||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, April 22||7:55pm|
|8||Cronulla Sharks||Suncorp Stadium||Thursday, April 28||7:50pm|
|9||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Accor Stadium||Thursday, May 5||7:50pm|
|10||Manly Sea Eagles||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, May 13||8:05pm|
|11||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Thursday, May 19||7:50pm|
|12||Gold Coast Titans||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, May 27||7:55pm|
|14||Canberra Raiders||Suncorp Stadium||Saturday, June 11||7:35pm|
|15||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Friday, June 17||7:55pm|
|16||North Queensland Cowboys||QC Bank Stadium||Saturday, July 7||5:30pm|
|17||St George Illawarra Dragons||Suncorp Stadium||Sunday, July 10||4:05pm|
|18||Gold Coast Titans||Cbus Super Stadium||Saturday, July 16||7:35pm|
|19||Parramatta Eels||CommBank Stadium||Thursday, July 21||7:50pm|
|20||Wests Tigers||Suncorp Stadium||Saturday, July 30||7:35pm|
|21||Sydney Roosters||SCG||Thursday, August 4||7:50pm|
|22||Newcastle Knights||Suncorp Stadium||Saturday, August 13||7:35pm|
|23||Melbourne Storm||Suncorp Stadium||Thursday, August 19||7:55pm|
|24||Parramatta Eels||Suncorp Stadium||Thursday, August 25||7:50pm|
|25||St George Illawarra Dragons||Netstrata Jubilee Stadium||Saturday, September 3||5:30pm|
Broncos players to watch in 2022
Adam Reynolds is one player who needs no introduction, with over 230 first-grade caps under his belt. The former Rabbitoh joins the Broncos in 2022 and looks to be the perfect signing for the struggling club. Reynolds has played a number of games at representative level, so his experience will be very advantageous for the young players to have around him, while the captaincy will earn the Sydneysider some extra respect should he need it. He brings a touch of class to Brisbane in 2022.
Kotoni Staggs played only four times in the 2021 season due to injury, but he made an impact in each of those 320 minutes that he was out there for. Across those four games, Staggs scored on three occasions and set up a try, while he also made 19 tackle breaks. While the no.6 jersey is yet to be decided on for the Brisbane outfit, Staggs is likely to return to his centre role in 2022, where he can be a force to be reckoned with. If he stays injury-free, he’s the type of player that can make his State of Origin debut in May.
Payne Haas may only be 22, but he is already on his way to being one of the competition’s best players. The young prop stands at 194cm tall and is 117kg, which makes him incredibly hard to stop when he has the ball in hand. The New South Wales representative may be big, but it doesn’t stop him from being extremely agile either, averaging 14.8 hit-ups a game and recording 68 tackle breaks in 2021. Haas has a killer offload game as well, which makes him even more of a threat with the likes of Kotoni Staggs, Selwyn Cobbo and Tesi Niu lurking out the back. The 22-year-old has a terrific defensive game too, having made 667 tackles at 97.5% efficiency in 2021. He’s a gun.
Broncos records, stats and history
- Most games: 355 – Darren Lockyer
- Most career points: 1222 – Corey Parker
- Most points in a season: 272 – Darren Lockyer (1998)
- Most career tries: 142 – Steve Renouf
- Most tries in a season: 23 – Steve Renouf (1994)
- Most points in a match: 24 – Lote Tuqiri (vs. Eagles, 2002)
- Most wins in a season: 18 (1992, 1998, 2000, 2011)
- Most consecutive wins: 12 (1997-98)
- Highest score in a match: 71 (vs. Knights, 2007)
- Biggest winning margin: 71-6 (vs. Knights, 2007)
- Largest home attendance: 52,347 (vs. Sea Eagles at Suncorp Stadium, 2016)
- Founded in 1988 as a direct result of Queensland’s early success in State of Origin, the Brisbane Broncos took only a few years to make their mark on the NSWRL. They won a pair of premierships before the schism of 1995 and added two more unique titles in the following years: the one and only Super League flag in 1997 and the very first NRL crown in 1998.
Long-serving local lads are the backbone of Brisbane’s success. The likes of Allan Langer, Kevin Walters, Shane Webcke, Corey Parker and games record holder Darren Lockyer served with distinction for many years and helped instil a culture of loyalty and ambition that is rare in modern-day expansion clubs.
Wayne Bennett is the grandfather of that winning ethos. The superstar coach manned the helm for all but six of Brisbane’s top-flight campaigns between 1988 and 2018, engineering each of their six premierships along the way. Bennett left to take charge of the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2019, with former Bunnies boss Anthony Seibold picking up the reins at Red Hill. The disappointing performance of Broncos saw Seibold’s career very short-lived as he opted to leave the club in August 2020. This allowed the Broncos to pick up Maroons coaching legend Kevin Walters for the 2021 season and beyond.