Broncos vs Roosters: Brisbane Boosted by Cobbo and Mam Returns for Vegas Rematch

The Brisbane Broncos receive a significant boost for Friday night’s blockbuster clash against the Sydney Roosters, with Ezra Mam and Selwyn Cobbo returning from injury to slot into the starting line-up. Broncos vs Roosters kicks off 8:00 p.m. at Suncorp Stadium.

The club’s six-game winning streak at home will be on the line as they seek redemption against the side that defeated them in the historic Vegas opener.

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Brisbane reinforcements

Cobbo’s comeback from a shoulder issue sees him reclaim the centre position, pushing Jesse Arthars back to the wing and omitting Corey Oates from the 17-man squad. Meanwhile, Mam’s recovery from a finger injury allows him to slot back into the pivotal number six jersey, replacing Jock Madden.

Winning rhythm

The Broncos enter the contest brimming with confidence after their 34-10 thumping of the Wests Tigers last weekend. Captain Adam Reynolds displayed a masterclass in playmaking, while the forward pack led by Pat Carrigan, Payne Haas, and Kobe Hetherington laid the platform.

Despite the Tigers’ sin-binning and sustained pressure, Brisbane’s resolve was unwavering. Their efforts were rewarded with two tries on both sides of the break, including Reece Walsh’s long-range effort after a pinpoint Reynolds kick.

Broncos vs Roosters, Vegas rematch

The Broncos have made Suncorp Stadium a formidable fortress, winning their last six games at the venue. However, they faced a stern test against the Roosters in the season’s curtain-raiser in Las Vegas, going down 20-10 in a clash mired with controversy.

While emotions could run high given the racial abuse incident in the previous game, Reynolds insists the Broncos have moved past it. “It’s another game for us,” he said. “We have moved past it and addressed it as a club. I’m sure [the Roosters] have too. It is another opportunity to play our brand of football and get better.”

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As the home fans rally behind their side, the stage is set for an enthralling encounter, with the Broncos eager to maintain their winning ways and avenge their opening loss to the Roosters.

Published 30-April-2024

Broncos vs Raiders: Unchanged for Canberra Grind, Stars to Return Next Week

The Brisbane Broncos will field an unchanged lineup for Saturday’s Round 7 clash against the Canberra Raiders. Jock Madden, Fletcher Baker, Corey Oates, and Jaiyden Hunt retain their starting spots after stellar performances in last week’s win over Redcliffe. Broncos vs Raiders kickoff 5:35 p.m. at Suncorp Stadium.

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Broncos take the Battle

The Broncos had to dig deep against their Queensland rivals, overcoming a sloppy first half to prevail 28-14 over the Dolphins in front of a packed Suncorp. The Broncos were simply too strong, led by monumental efforts from Pat Carrigan (46 tackles, 207 metres) and Selwyn Cobbo.

Brace for a Broncos vs Raiders grindfest

Prop Corey Jensen says the Broncos are prepared for a physical battle against the Raiders (4-2, third in the league). “They’re a side that plays the long game, they don’t mind getting into a grind.” Jensen stated.

“They love getting down and dirty with teams and that’s something we’re going to have to be ready for.”

Jensen also praised the impact of Broncos (3-3, 10th) young forwards Xavier Willison and Ben Te Kura off the bench. “He’s [Willison] an awesome prospect, same with Benny Te Kura. The sky’s the limit for both those guys with their willingness to learn and get better.”

ANZAC round up next

Ahead of next week’s ANZAC round, coach Kevin Walters confirms a quartet of stars will return from injury for the Round 8 match against Wests Tigers.

While not ready this week, prop Payne Haas (knee), winger Deine Mariner (back), captain Adam Reynolds (hamstring), and second-rower Brendan Piakura (ankle) are all expected to play against the Tigers.

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The Broncos, gunning for a sixth-straight home win, will need to be at their physical best against Canberra’s grind game. They need to hold on to the home crowd’s support before reinforcements arrive for the ANZAC round.

Published 17-April-2024

Broncos vs Dolphins: Contract Wars Add Spice to the Battle of Brisbane

The Battle of Brisbane will have an extra layer of intrigue this week, as the Broncos and Dolphins clash with salary cap pressures adding extra spice to the cross-town rivalry. Broncos vs Dolphins kickoff 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12 at Suncorp Stadium.

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Broncos boosted by Walsh return, face tough contract decisions

The Broncos have received a major boost with the return of star fullback Reece Walsh from a facial fracture. He joins Jordan Riki (ankle) in making a timely comeback for the home side.

Their returns are a major boost for the team, especially since captain Adam Reynolds (hamstring) and Payne Haas are still sidelined.

The wealth of talent in the Brisbane side and a looming salary cap crunch could mean tough decisions lie ahead.

The Dolphins have several million dollars in cap space, giving them the financial firepower to target top Broncos players who may not fit under the tightening Brisbane budget. This could reignite contract wars between the two clubs, with names like Selwyn Cobbo and Kotoni Staggs potentially in the Dolphins’ sights.

Two former Broncos, Herbie Farnworth and Tom Flegler, have already joined the Dolphins for this year. However, a late injury setback has forced Flegler to withdraw from the match against his former side.

Staggs doubles down on “our house” claim

Kotoni Staggs
Photo Credit: Brisbane Broncos

Broncos centre Kotoni Staggs has already fired the first shot, doubling down on his emotional “this is our house” declaration after scoring the match-winning try against the Dolphins last season.

“It wasn’t really planned,” Staggs said. “Once I scored that try it just came to me. It was the first game we ever played against the Dolphins and I just wanted to let them know who owned Suncorp.”

Broncos vs Dolphins, the battle for Suncorp

The Dolphins share Suncorp Stadium as a home ground with the Broncos, but Staggs made it clear he sees the venue as belonging to the Brisbane club. This is sure to add further spice to Friday night’s encounter.

On the field, the Broncos (2-3) will be looking to bounce back from a narrow loss to the Storm. Meanwhile, the Dolphins (3-1) are flying high at the top of the ladder after three wins out of four.

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The Broncos have won both their matches at Suncorp this season. The Dolphins have won one and lost one away from home. This Battle of Brisbane will be the first test of who can assert their dominance over The Cauldron in 2024.

Published 11-April-2024

Broncos vs Cowboys: Brisbane Look to Spoil Undefeated Queensland Rivals

The Broncos are eager to shake off their early-season woes as they prepare to face the North Queensland Cowboys in the highly anticipated Queensland Derby on Friday, March 29. Broncos vs Cowboys kick off 5:00 p.m. at Suncorp Stadium.

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Struggles in grand finals rematch

Broncos vs Panthers
Photo Credit: Facebook/Brisbane Broncos

The Broncos are coming off a disappointing 34-12 loss to the Penrith Panthers. The team’s woes were compounded by the absence of Captain Adam Reynolds and forward leader Payne Haas. An early injury to fullback Reece Walsh, also forced him off the field after a head clash with Taylan May.

Their last game also served as a rematch of last year’s Grand Final. The Broncos experienced heartbreak as the Panthers pulled off an all-time comeback, overturning a 12-24 deficit to win 26-24 and secure their third straight premiership.

Broncos vs Cowboys, the Queensland derby

Brisbane Broncos Round 3 ladder
It is still early days, but at the moment a large gap separates the Queensland derby sides. Photo Credit: Brisbane Broncos

While the Broncos (1-2) are licking their wounds, the North Queensland Cowboys (3-0) have been in scintillating form. The Cowboys remain the only undefeated team in the league through three rounds.

The Broncos will aim to get their season back on track and claim bragging rights in the Queensland Derby.

For the Broncos to emerge victorious, they will need to tighten their defensive efforts and minimise missed tackles, which proved costly against the Panthers.

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The stage is set for an enthralling encounter between two fierce Queensland rivals, with the Broncos looking to bounce back and the Cowboys aiming to maintain their unblemished start to the season.

Published 25-March-2024

Broncos vs Rabbitohs: Revamped Lineups After Vegas Disappointments

The Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, both coming off disappointing Round 1 losses in Vegas, are set to make changes to their respective lineups as they prepare to face each other in Round 2. Broncos vs Rabbitohs kickoff at 7:00 p.m. AEST at Suncorp Stadium on March 14.

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Broncos vs Rabbitohs lineup changes

For the Broncos, Brendan Piakura, who was ruled out of their season opener against the Roosters after failing his Head Injury Assessment, has been named in the back row. Corey Jensen receives a promotion to the starting lineup, bumping Martin Taupau to the bench.

Captain Adam Reynolds will also suit up despite a knee issue sustained in Round 1.

The Rabbitohs, on the other hand, will be without Jai Arrow, who sustained a shoulder injury. Starting in his place will be Tallis Duncan. Shaquille Mitchell will also make his first appearance of the 2024 season, coming onto the bench to replace Jacob Host.

Recent matchups

Selywn Cobbo
Selywn Cobbo scored 20 tries in 24 games for Brisbane in 2023. Photo Credit: Brisbane Broncos

The Broncos have the recent edge, winning three of the last four clashes against the Rabbitohs. Centre Kotoni Staggs continues to dominate the Bunnies, scoring six tries in seven games.

On the other hand, the Rabbitohs have won their last four games at Suncorp. The Broncos will aim to shatter this streak, leaning on winger Selwyn Cobbo’s impressive record of 20 tries in his last 18 appearances at the venue.

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With both teams carrying the disappointment of Round 1 losses in Las Vegas, the match promises to be a closely contested affair.

Published 13-March-2024

Dolphins vs Cowboys: Bromwich Talks Lineup Choices for Season Opener at Suncorp Stadium

The Dolphins prepare to kick off their NRL season opener against the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium this Sunday, March 10 at 3:05 p.m. Dolphins skipper Jesse Bromwich sheds light on the team’s lineup choices for the highly anticipated matchup.

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Jesse Bromwich on the lineup

Tesi Niu
 Tesi Niu lost 8 kilograms during his impressive pre-season. Photo Credit: The Dolphins

Dolphins captain Jesse Bromwich provides insights into the selections and omissions for Sunday’s clash against the Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium.

Bromwich praises Tesi Niu’s determination and impressive pre-season efforts, which have earned him a place in the starting side. “He’s impressed not only the coaching staff but all the players as well – the determination to get those things done,” Bromwich says.

Kodi Nikorima’s utility and consistent performances last season have secured his spot, according to the captain. “He fixed a lot of positions for us last year and he’s another one… he’s had a really good pre-season.”

Bromwich also commends Nikorima’s leadership qualities, noting his willingness to share his knowledge with younger players.

Max Plath’s versatility and exceptional work ethic during the pre-season have earned him a place in Bennett’s side. Bromwich likens Plath’s style of play to Tom Gilbert, praising his energetic approach and ability to link the backs and forwards.

Sights set on another strong start

Bromwich, who plans to retire at the end of the season, has never lost a round one game in his NRL career. The skipper is is keen to maintain that record against the Cowboys.

He expects a similar level never-give-up attitude from the team that propelled them to a strong inaugural season.

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The Dolphins captain is also looking forward to the continued support from the fans, recalling the energy and enthusiasm they brought to the stands last season.

Published 08-March-2024

Broncos Lose to Bogey Team Storm on Final Day, Face Rematch in Qualifying Final

The Brisbane Broncos lost their final regular season game 32-22 to the Melbourne Storm to miss out on the minor premiership. The Storm remain a bogey team for the Broncos, who will now face them again in the preliminary final.

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Inspired Melbourne comeback

In what turned out to be a glimpse of the qualifying final, the Storm had to come from behind on three separate occasions at Lang Park. In the end, Melbourne had too much quality even though both sides rested most of their stars.

Grant Anderson scored a double before halftime to make it 14-12 in favour of Melbourne.

Broncos second-half rally falls short

Pereira’s second try briefly restored Brisbane’s lead early in the second half. But penalties and late tries from Papenhuyzen, Reimis Smith and Faalogo’s second try proved too much to overcome.

Brisbane battled but made too many errors, completing just 72% of their sets to Melbourne’s 82%. Critical errors at key moments ultimately cost the Broncos.

Regular season ends with familiar foe waiting in the wings

The loss means Brisbane have now incredibly lost 14 straight matches to Melbourne dating back to 2016. And the Broncos’ finals campaign begins with the worst possible matchup, as they face the Storm once again in the preliminary final at Lang Park on Friday, September 8.

Coach Kevin Walters praised his team’s effort despite the defeat: “Effort was great, just not quite so smart on a few plays and we just weren’t good enough tonight.”

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But to make the finals, Brisbane will need to produce something special to end their long losing streak against Melbourne. After so many defeats, can the Broncos finally exorcise their bogey team this Friday?

Published 4 September 2023