The Brisbane Broncos are the most successful club 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.
Despite being regular fixtures at the upper end of the table, the Broncos have now gone 12 years without tasting premiership glory. It is the longest drought in the club’s short, glittering history.
Can Wayne Bennett steer the giants of Queensland back to the top? Let’s take a look at the odds for NRL 2019.
About the Brisbane Broncos
|Home ground:||Suncorp Stadium|
|Premierships:||Six – 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2006|
|2018 ladder finish:||Sixth (15-9)|
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Updated Brisbane Broncos futures odds
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|2019 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Dally M Odds||Top Tryscorer Odds|
|Jan||$10||$1.40||$2.20||A Milford $41|
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- As usual, Brisbane are going to be one of the stronger teams in the NRL this season. But there will be some extra incentive this time, with long-serving coach Wayne Bennett headed for pastures new at the end of the campaign. NRL punters could do much worse than back a fairytale flag for the most successful club in modern rugby league.
- The Broncos only just missed out on a double chance last year, running sixth in one of the tightest final eights in NRL history. The competition should be stiff once again, but Bennett’s boys look as good a chance as any team besides the reigning premiers.
- Anthony Milford has been the pick of the Brisbane playmakers for a few years now, even after battling through shoulder and pectoral injuries for much of last season. He is expected to miss a few games after off-season surgery, which puts him back a few lines in the 2019 Dally M Medal betting markets. Milford’s new understudy, Sean O’Sullivan ($67 at Sportsbet), is an interesting alternative.
2019 Brisbane Broncos draw
|1||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Thursday, March 14||6:50pm|
|2||North Queensland Cowboys||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, March 22||6:55pm|
|3||St George Illawarra Dragons||Suncorp Stadium||Thursday, March 28||6:50pm|
|4||Sydney Roosters||SCG||Thursday, April 4||6:50pm|
|5||Wests Tigers||Suncorp Stadium||Thursday, April 11||7:50pm|
|6||Canberra Raiders||GIO Stadium||Sunday, April 21||4:05pm|
|7||Cronulla Sharks||Suncorp Stadium||Saturday, April 7||7:35pm|
|8||South Sydney Rabbitohs||ANZ Stadium||Thursday, May 2||7:50pm|
|9||Manly Sea Eagles||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, May 10||7:55pm|
|10||Sydney Roosters||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, May 17||7:55pm|
|11||New Zealand Warriors||Mt Smart Stadium||Saturday, May 25||5:30pm|
|13||Gold Coast Titans||Suncorp Stadium||Sunday, June 9||2pm|
|14||Parramatta Eels||Western Sydney Stadium||Saturday, June 15||7:35pm|
|15||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Saturday, June 29||5:30pm|
|16||Cronulla Sharks||Shark Park||Sunday, July 7||4:05pm|
|17||New Zealand Warriors||Suncorp Stadium||Saturday, July 13||5:30pm|
|18||Canterbury Bulldogs||Suncorp Stadium||Thursday, July 18||7:50pm|
|19||Gold Coast Titans||Cbus Super Stadium||Saturday, July 27||5:30pm|
|20||Melbourne Storm||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, August 2||7:55pm|
|21||North Queensland Cowboys||1300SMILES Stadium||Thursday, August 8||7:50pm|
|22||Penrith Panthers||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, August 16||7:55pm|
|23||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, August 23||7:55pm|
|24||Parramatta Eels||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, August 30||7:55pm|
|25||Canterbury Bulldogs||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, September 7||5:30pm|
Broncos players to watch in 2019
Milford’s speed, agility and eye for the spectacular are well documented, but last season we saw his resilient side. The Brissie-born playmaker lined up in a semi-final with a dislocated shoulder, and it was later revealed that he had been carrying a torn pectoral muscle since the middle of the year. Off-season surgery will hamper Milford’s preparations, but he should return in the early rounds.
Bird’s first season at Red Hill was miserable one. An interrupted preseason left the former Shark overweight and underdone, while a lingering sternum injury restricted him to only eight games for the year. The NSW centre has declared himself ready to go for NRL 2019 and will be desperate to win back the faith of teammates, coaches and the Broncos fans.
O’Sullivan moves to the Broncos after an invaluable apprenticeship under Cooper Cronk and Luke Keary at the premiership-winning Sydney Roosters. The 20-year-old New South Welshman also spent time alongside Mitchell Pearce before his switch to the Newcastle Knights. With Milford likely to miss the start of the year, O’Sullivan could prove vital to Brisbane’s early-season prospects.
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 has manned the helm for all but six of Brisbane’s top-flight campaigns since 1988, engineering each of their six premierships along the way. After short stints at St George Illawarra and Newcastle, the former Queensland boss is back at Lang Park and determined to take the Broncos to the top once again.
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