Preview 2012: Brisbane Broncos

Updated: February 9, 2012

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Gains: Luke Capewell (Titans), Petero Civoniceva (Panthers), Nick Slyney (Redcliffe).
Darren Lockyer (Retirement), Denan Kemp (Rugby Union), Shane Tronc (Retirement), Shea Moylan (Storm), Rohan Ahern (Mackay), Nick Kenny (Retirement).
Corey Parker, Justin Hodges, Dale Copley, Dunamis Lui, Kurt Baptiste, Scott Anderson, Sam Thaiday, Josh McGuire, Josh Hoffman.
2012 Coach:
Anthony Griffin
First 5 Rounds: Eels (A), Cowboys (H), Knights (A), Rabbitohs (A), Dragons (H)

The one thing that stands out the most this year for the Brisbane Broncos is the gaping hole left behind by the absence of Darren Lockyer. Lockyer is considered by many people within the game as one of the most influential players of the modern era. There is no doubt that this loss will have some effect on his Brisbane teammates however, it is yet to be determined how big of a loss he will be. The 2012 season will show us how well the Broncos are able to adapt in the first year without their key playmaker and this will present some interesting challenges to the coach. 2012 will be a year of re-discovery for the Broncos and coach Anthony Griffin may well be experiencing some head aches come the mid-point of the season if he is unable to formulate results as seen under the Lockyer era.

Lockyer’s retirement should not present a massive problem for the Broncos, as the talent available in the Queensland ranks is nothing short of amazing. The Broncos always manage to conjure talented young players out of thin air who are then able to perform at the highest level. 2012 will also present another challenge for Anthony Griffin as it is now the second year after coach Ivan Henjak was removed from his position. This will place some level of daunt within the mind of Griffin as it is now truly his time to lead the Broncos into their next era of success.

The 2011 season for the Broncos showed exactly what they were capable of. The Broncos featured in many memorable matches including the Round 22 match up against the New Zealand Warriors as well as the breathtaking win against the St George Illawarra Dragons in the finals. This win against the defending Premiers was certainly the standout performance of the 2011 season. The entire Broncos squad turned up for this one and all contributed to the win. This is also probably Darren Lockyer’s best win of the year where it was the ball from his boot that led his team to victory in golden point extra time.

A glaring positive for the Brisbane side is the return of stalwart front rower Petero Civoniceva. Civoniceva will definitely add extra bulk in the middle of the park for the Broncos and he will certainly feel right at home back at Suncorp Stadium. The Brisbane Broncos have also acquired the services of Luke Capewell for the 2012 season who has joined the team from the Gold Coast Titans. While Capewell did not see much game time in 2011, he presents a wild card for the Broncos side. Capewell has yet to realise his potential in the NRL after failing to satisfy his coaches at both the Rabbitohs and Titans. However, there is no denying that there is potential there. Capewell is able to slot into any position in the back line as well as being able to relieve the hooking duties as seen in the recent trial. If the early candidates for Lockyer’s number 6 jumper fail to impress it would be no surprise to see Capewell given a go.

Why they will win it: The Broncos have formulated their success in the NRL for many years. Albeit their previous successes were under the guidance of master coach Wayne Bennett, the Broncos are still in a prime position to once again bounce back and reclaim their title as one of the premier sides of the NRL. The young talent that is continually procured by the Queensland capital is almost always first class. This is no doubt illustrated through the amazing feats of the young players from last season. Ben Hunt, Corey Norman and Jharal Yow Yeh all proved that they were capable players and if they continue to strive in 2012 then there is certainly no knowing how far they can take their team into the 2012 finals.

Why they won’t: While Anthony Griffin has had plenty of time to prepare for the departure of Darren Lockyer, there is still an overlying sense of uncertainty in the Broncos number 6 jumper. Lockyer without a doubt made this jumper his own and anyone who replaces him will have considerable shoes to fill.


  1. James

    February 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Where do you think the Broncos will finish in 2012?

  2. Jon

    February 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    The Broncos are terrible mate. They won’t even finish in the Top 8. They will probably come dead last. Here’s hoping anyway!

    Go the Titans!

    • James

      February 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      I think they will finish higher than last Jon.

    • Jon

      February 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      They have no chance whatsoever!

    • Adam

      February 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      They can’t play any worse than the Titans last season.

    • Jon

      February 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      We had an unlucky run with injuries and what not. We have recruited fairly well this year and there will be no excuses. Broncos on the other hand will be found out. The playing talent has dispersed all over Queensland now. It will be harder to find another Lockyer. You will miss the eight for sure. My prediction of last stands.

    • Adam

      February 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Every club has an excuse, we’ve made the eight without Lockyer for an entire season before with a much worse playing roster, we’ll be fine this year.

      You can only hope the Titans make the eight after cheating the salary cap again.

    • Jon

      February 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      If we’re over the cap then it is more than certain the Broncs are over. Look at your roster…

    • Adam

      February 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Weak retort, our club is hardly signing a mass of big name players every season. Nice try anyway.

      Our roster is made of home grown talent or youngsters signed up on the cheap. No Myles and Idris’ here.

    • Jon

      February 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Do you honestly think Myles is a lucrative signing? He wouldn’t be on big dollars considering the off field headlines he has generated. You’ve had Lockyer on your books for years. Sure thrid party deals come into it but honestly if Schhubert when fishing in the Brisbane river I am sure he would find something of note.

  3. Jon

    February 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Honestly though, with Lockyer gone I can not see Brisbane being competitive in the slightest. They have a rubbish coach, he is terrible. Their halves are also rubbish. Wallace hasn’t done anything since he was at the Panthers. Their young backs are nothing spectacular. Yow Yeh will be found out this year. He is a nothing player. Their new 6 won’t compete.

    It’s simple. Broncs won’t be in the finals this year.

    • Adam

      February 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      Wallace played state of origin while at the broncos…

    • Jon

      February 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      He played SOO and was rubbish for NSW.

    • Adam

      February 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      What NSW halfback hasnt played like rubbish? His form to get the nod was fantastic.

    • Adam

      February 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      And how is Hook a terrible coach? He was fantastic last season, much better than Cartwright.

    • Jon

      February 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Cartwright has proven himself in the years prior. I don’t think Griffin will kick on this year. Second year syndrome affecting the coach

    • Adam

      February 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Cartwright has proven himself with a spoon?

    • Jon

      February 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Did you not read the bit where I said years prior?

  4. Ted

    February 11, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I think the Broncos will go okay this year. I agree with what you have surmised. It will certainly be interested to see how we go this year without Lockyer but Jon mate, you are a goose.

    • Jon

      February 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      No need to call me a goose mate.

      It’s simple really. The Broncos are the number one jokers in the NRL. They will be found out this year. Wallace won’t be able to win you one game, that’s how overrated he is.

    • Adam

      February 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      He has won us plenty of games, I’d be looking at the declining form of your own Scott Primce before commenting in Wall who has shown his best footy with Lockyer gone.

    • Jon

      February 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Even with Prince’s not so great season last year he is miles ahead of Wallace. Indisputable fact.

    • Adam

      February 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Prince has lost it, age and injuries have ruined him.

  5. Delf

    February 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Stating the obvious there:

    While Lockyer will be sorely missed and there is a lingering doubt whether his replacement will do a capable job, the youth and talent at the Broncos can take them anywhere… Duh!

    Btw Jon, you’re either confusing reality with wishful thinking, or you live in your own world at the asylum.

    • James

      February 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      The talent from the Broncos will no doubt set the competition on fire as per usual. One of the highlights of the season for me at least, is always closely watching the youth from Queensland. There always seems to be one or two exciting rookies. This year will be no different.

    • Jon

      February 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      I suppose only time will tell Delf.

  6. Ray

    February 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    @JON stop trolling seriously..
    Broncos may have some weakness in the 6/7 position but that’s as far as it goes, the rest of the team are top class…this year is obviously going to present some challenges for hook, but i think he’s a pretty talented coach and he’ll get the job done…this might not be the broncos year…but you get a feeling it’s not far away.

    • Jon

      February 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      I’m not trolling mate. You can think what you want.

  7. Lance

    February 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Seriously guys give Jon a break. He does well to tie up his shoe laces so really we should be applauding him for figuring out how to use a computer. None of Jon’s points make sense and he can’t back them up with fact. I honestly hope he is trolling, because if he is not he has more problems than first appears

  8. Tracey

    February 21, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Hilarious Lance! Jon clearly has been watching a different Broncos team to the one I have seen win not 1 but 6 premierships! Hook & the boys will be just fine…

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