Broncos vs Sharks: Brisbane Gunning for Vital Win Against Second-Placed Sharks

In a pivotal match for their finals hopes, the Brisbane Broncos host the second-placed Cronulla Sharks on Saturday night, June 8. Electric five-eighth Ezra Mam will play his 50th NRL game as part of a near full-strength Broncos squad for this heavyweight encounter. Broncos vs Sharks kickoff 7:35 p.m. at Suncorp Stadium.

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Brisbane slip up against Titans

The Broncos come into this clash looking to bounce back from a narrow 34-36 loss to the Titans last round. Despite leading 24-12 in the 37th minute, Brisbane were unable to hold off the Titans’ fightback in front of a sellout 42,221 crowd at Suncorp. Mam, Walsh and Haas were among the standouts for the home side.

Origins return to boost Broncos

After being named for State of Origin duties, Reece Walsh, Pat Carrigan, Selwyn Cobbo and Payne Haas are all expected to back up for Brisbane provided they get cleared on Thursday afternoon. Their availability would provide a major boost to the home side.

Centre Kotoni Staggs also returns from a rib injury to bolster Brisbane’s line-up. His inclusion sees Josiah Karapani drop back to the reserves.

Meanwhile, the Sharks have opted to rest star Blues halfback Nicho Hynes this weekend. Daniel Atkinson and Braydon Trindall will combine in the halves, while Cameron McInnes is set to back up from his Origin debut.

Ezra Mam’s 50th

For Mam, the match marks a significant milestone as the 21-year-old Broncos academy graduate chalks up his 50th top grade appearance for the club.

Mam re-committed to earlier this year by penning a five-year contract extension through 2029.

Broncos vs Sharks

Although the Sharks (9-3) are three spots ahead of the fifth-placed Broncos (7-5), Brisbane has won nine of their last 11 clashes against the Cronulla outfit and five of seven at Suncorp this season. In addition, Cronulla’s defence has given up 106 points over their last three games, a weakness that Brisbane should be eager to exploit.

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A win for the Broncos will be crucial in tightening their grip on a top eight berth.

Published 05-June-2024

Broncos vs Titans at Suncorp – Sunday 2pm Kick Off

Indigenous Round brings a great opportunity for the Broncos to maintain their winning run, having brought home the bacon in their last two games. The bookies now make them the second favourites behind the Panthers to win the Telstra Premiership this year, despite the loss of Adam Reynolds until round 22, after Jock Madden’s winning field goal.

Payne Haas will start, after his strange injury against the Sea Eagles which turned out to be caused by a knee in the back of his calf triggering a big toe nerve injury.

Reece Walsh and Billy Walters return, Kotoni Staggs is ruled out with a fractured first rib that he picked up against the Sea Eagles last week.

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The game against the Titans will be a great opportunity for the younger Broncos to step up and fill the spots during the Origin series which starts on June 5.

The Titans have struggled to put a full game together all season, hence their 2 wins and 8 losses record has them in wooden spoon territory, but Joe Stimson and Kieran Foran return into the starting line up.

The Broncos currently sit 5th, the Titans are 16th

Sad news this week that Broncos assistant coach, John Cartwright, will be leaving for pastures new at the end of the season. Cartwright joined the Broncos when Kevvie Walters took the head coach job for the 2021 season, his new role will be Head Coach at Hull FC in the 2025 Super League.

The Indigenous round jersey that the Broncos will take onto the field was designed by well-known North Stradbroke Island artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins.

Broncos vs Sea Eagles: NRL Magic Round Set to Electrify Suncorp Stadium

The 2024 NRL Magic Round roars into action Friday, May 17, with a double-header featuring pivotal clashes that could shape the season for both sides involved. Raiders vs Bulldogs kicks off 6:00 p.m., followed by Broncos vs Sea Eagles two hours later at Suncorp Stadium.

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Raiders vs Bulldogs

The Bulldogs go into the contest full of confidence after beating the Titans, Roosters, Knights and Wests Tigers this year. Under the guidance of Stephen Crichton, the Canterbury outfit has shown remarkable improvement. But their resolve will be put to the test against Ricky Stuart’s no-nonsense Raiders.

Coming off a hard-fought win over Manly and a well-timed bye, Canberra will be refreshed and ready to continue their Magic Round dominance. In recent years, the Raiders have twice beaten the Bulldogs (2021 and 2023) and the Sharks (2022) in this event.

Broncos vs Sea Eagles

Heading into the main event, the Broncos are riding high after a 30-14 thumping of the Eels on Friday night. They are eager to build on this momentum in their return to Brisbane, where they have claimed three out of four contests against Manly during Magic Round, including a resounding triumph last year.

Coach Kevin Walters is hopeful of welcoming back Jock Madden from a pectoral injury that has kept him out since round eight, further strengthening the Broncos’ lineup.

The Sea Eagles, reeling from the loss of star fullback Tom Trbojevic, return to Suncorp Stadium for the second consecutive week.

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With the NRL Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium, fans are in for a festival of football like no other. Sixteen teams descend upon Queensland’s home of rugby league for an action-packed weekend of pivotal match-ups.

Published 14-May-2024

Milton Marvel: Suncorp Stadium Roof Push Amid Magic Round Downpour Threat

As Suncorp Stadium braces for a potentially rain-soaked Magic Round, Queensland Rugby League chairman Bruce Hatcher has reignited calls for a roof to be installed on the iconic Brisbane venue.

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With the stadium shortlisted as a potential host for the 2032 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, Hatcher believes a roof would safeguard future events from the city’s unpredictable weather.

Hatcher, a pivotal figure in Suncorp’s last major upgrade, emphasised the need for Brisbane to have a world-class, all-weather venue to attract international events and competitions. He highlighted that a roof would not only shield major sporting events from the elements but also create opportunities for concerts, boxing matches, and various other activities throughout the year.

The stadium’s turf will face a stern test this week, hosting the women’s State of Origin match on Thursday before the eight-game NRL Magic Round extravaganza. With rain predicted across multiple days, concerns have been raised about the playing surface’s ability to withstand the deluge.

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While Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium remains the sole major Australian football stadium with a roof, plans for Tasmania’s new AFL team include a retractable roof.

Hatcher views the potential Olympic renovation as an ideal chance for Brisbane to elevate Suncorp Stadium to new heights. He envisions an expanded capacity of approximately 65,000, making it a fitting stage for global events.

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The decision on the Olympic opening ceremony venue will follow the October state election, with both major parties hesitant to make a definitive call beforehand due to the divisive nature of the issue. Suncorp Stadium has emerged as the frontrunner after both parties ruled out major redevelopments at the Gabba or a new stadium at Victoria Park.

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Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett has also voiced his support for Suncorp Stadium, emphasising the benefits a renovation would bring to various sports and sectors beyond athletics. He sees this as a golden opportunity to enhance Brisbane’s sporting infrastructure and create a multi-purpose venue for soccer, rugby union, concerts, and other events.

Published Date 13-May-2024

Game Day Just Got Tastier: The Muster Grill Debuts at Suncorp Stadium

Football fans at Suncorp Stadium now have a savoury reason to cheer louder and linger longer, with the opening of The Muster Grill, the latest addition to the stadium’s culinary lineup.

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Located on Level 3, opposite Aisle 324, The Muster Grill represents a notable addition to the culinary landscape of Suncorp Stadium. Operated in collaboration with O’Brien Group Australia and Meat & Livestock Australia, this themed dining establishment offers patrons a distinctively Australian gastronomic experience.

Central to the Muster Grill’s ethos is its emphasis on showcasing the finest 100 percent Australian beef selections. In alignment with the stadium’s commitment to culinary diversity, the Muster Grill complements existing concessions, such as the Vegan outlet at Aisle 305, ensuring a comprehensive array of dining options for attendees.

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The menu at the Muster Grill features three primary offerings, each highlighting the robust flavours of Australian beef:

  1. Aussie Works Burger: Featuring a succulent 100 percent Australian Beef Pattie complemented by sliced beetroot, crisp cos lettuce, ripe tomato, melted cheese, and hickory smoked BBQ sauce, the Aussie Works Burger is a testament to traditional Australian fare with a contemporary twist.
  2. Beef Tejano Loaded Fries: An amalgamation of TexMex-inspired flavours, the Beef Tejano Loaded Fries present slow-cooked pulled brisket atop a bed of hot chips, accompanied by smoked BBQ sauce, black bean salsa, sour cream, diced tomato, and melted tasty cheese, delivering a harmonious blend of savoury and spicy elements.
  3. Beef Brisket Hoagie: Crafted with tender slow-roasted Beef Brisket, smothered in smokey BBQ sauce, and nestled within chipotle coleslaw, all ensconced within a freshly baked hoagie roll, the Beef Brisket Hoagie offers a satisfying culinary experience reminiscent of classic comfort food.

Complementing these main offerings, the Muster Grill provides a selection of refreshments and snacks, including gluten-free pies, soft drinks, water, chips, lollies, and crisps, catering to a diverse range of preferences.

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A notable feature of the Muster Grill is its dedication to quality and authenticity. The 12-hour slow-cooking process employed for the Australian Beef Brisket underscores the commitment to delivering superior flavour and tenderness, reflecting the culinary team’s unwavering standards of excellence.

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Whether attending a sporting event or seeking to savour the essence of Australian cuisine, patrons are invited to experience the culinary delights of the Muster Grill. With its discerning menu, attentive service, and distinctly Australian ambiance, it promises to be a destination of choice for discerning diners at Suncorp Stadium.

Published 6-May-2024 

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

Reds vs Blues: Queensland Ring in Changes for Anzac Clash

The Queensland Reds have made three changes to their starting XV for the Anzac Weekend Super Rugby Pacific clash against the Blues on Saturday, April 26. Josh Flook’s timely return at outside centre is the headliner, with the experienced campaigner replacing the injured Jordan Petaia. Reds vs Blues kickoff 5:35 p.m. at Suncorp Stadium.

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Personnel shuffle 

In addition to Flook’s inclusion, Angus Blyth comes into the second row for Cormac Daly. Daly is sidelined with minor soreness following the 31-0 win over the Highlanders.

Head coach Les Kiss has also handed 20-year-old speedster Tim Ryan his first run-on opportunity on the wing, with Mac Grealy making way.

Connor Vest and Floyd Aubrey are set for potential debuts, providing cover in the forwards and backs.

Anzac Weekend commemorations

The team will don their special khaki Anzac jerseys for the occasion, paying tribute to the 60 Queensland Reds who served in five wars, with 11 making the ultimate sacrifice.

An Anzac service featuring military personnel will be held pre-match, with the Ode read by Wallaroos prop Bree-Anna Browne.

“The boys love the jersey…there is depth of understanding of something bigger than the game,” Kiss said.

Reds vs Blues battle for momentum

Kiss knows his side faces a formidable challenge against the in-form Blues, who thumped the Brumbies last round. “We know the task ahead of us on Saturday,” he said.

While satisfied with recent efforts against Kiwi opposition, Kiss wants an 80-minute display at Suncorp Stadium, where “the boys love it.”

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How the Reds will fare against the high-flying Blues remains to be seen, but the substitutions have injected freshness into the starting side for a pivotal Anzac encounter.

Published 26-April-2024

Reunion at Suncorp Stadium in Milton: Footy Fan Meets Staff Who Saved His Life

A year after collapsing from a heart attack at an NRL game, a footy fan has emotionally reunited with the Suncorp Stadium staff whose timely intervention and first aid skills saved his life.

In 2023, Douglas Burke, a devoted fan of the Redcliffe Dolphins, experienced a life-threatening emergency during a game against the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium.  Mr Burke was on his way to the restrooms when he collapsed at the bottom of a stairway. 

Medical Emergency Response

Stadium staff, including Stand Manager Deb and Errol Phillips, responded quickly. Realising the severity of the situation, they administered CPR and used a defibrillator until emergency services arrived. 

The medical response lasted several critical minutes before Mr Burke was transported to Royal Brisbane Hospital.

The staff’s recent first aid training was crucial on the day of the incident. Errol Phillips, who played a significant role in the resuscitation effort, noted that although it was his first real-life application of CPR, the training they had refreshed just weeks earlier prepared them well. 

The team’s efforts were so forceful that Mr Burke sustained a broken sternum and ribs, indicative of the vigorous and lifesaving CPR provided.

Recognition and Recovery

The Suncorp Stadium staff, including Deb and Errol, received a Beyond Expectations Award from the venue for their heroic actions. 

Suncorp Stadium
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Mr Burke’s recovery was complete, and he expressed profound gratitude towards the staff for their actions that day, emphasizing the impact of their training and quick response.

After his recovery, Mr Burke returned to Suncorp Stadium to personally thank the staff who saved his life. This reunion, filled with gratitude and emotional exchanges, underscored the importance of trained first responders in public venues. 

Published 22-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

Reds vs Highlanders: Queensland Forced to Reshuffle Lineup Ahead of Clash

The Queensland Reds are dealing with a rash of injuries and suspensions as they prepare to host the Highlanders this Friday, April 19. After a narrow 17-14 loss to Moana Pasifika last weekend, the Reds have lost several key players, putting their depth to the test. Reds vs Highlanders kickoff 5:35 p.m. at Suncorp Stadium.

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Injuries and suspensions plague the Reds

Co-captain Tate McDermott and flanker Fraser McReight both received red cards in the match against Moana Pasifika, ruling them out for the upcoming game. Adding to the Reds’ woes, promising forward Seru Uru will be sidelined for up to six weeks after undergoing thumb surgery. Outside Josh Flook (shoulder) will also miss the match.

Head coach Les Kiss acknowledged the challenges his team is facing, calling the situation “not ideal.” However, he remains optimistic about the opportunity to test the depth of the Reds’ roster.

Reds vs Highlanders lineup changes

With the absences, Kiss is likely to shuffle his lineup for the crucial clash against the Highlanders. Jordan Petaia could move to outside centre to cover for Flook’s injury, while Mac Grealy is expected to return to the wing.

In the forward pack, Angus Blyth could start in place of the injured Uru, while Cormac Daly is another option to bolster the squad. Kiss may also promote Junior Wallabies back-rower John Bryant to replace the suspended McReight, or shift co-captain Liam Wright to his preferred position at openside flanker.

Reds look to bounce back against New Zealand opposition

The Reds will be eager to bounce back from their surprise defeat against Moana Pasifika, where Queensland lost the lead with less than two minutes to go.

“Fans have come out to support us really well at Suncorp Stadium and we’ll want to atone for sure,” Kiss declared after the loss.

The team will now face a tough stretch of matches against New Zealand opposition, starting with the Highlanders this Friday.

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Despite the challenges, Kiss remains confident in his team’s ability to respond and regain their early-season form.

“The opportunity in this now is to give a little bit more exposure to players who were playing off the bench and other players in the program to step up too,” he said.

Published 17-April-2024