1990 Brisbane Broncos season

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The 1990 Brisbane Broncos season was the third in the club's history. They competed in the NSWRL's 1990 Winfield Cup premiership and again improved on their previous year, finishing the regular season in second position before going on to come within one match of the grand final, but losing to eventual premiers, the Canberra Raiders.

Broncos players Chris Johns and Kevin Walters were selected to make their international débuts for the Australia national rugby league team in 1990.

Season summary[edit]

The Broncos had some new faces for 1990 season, including Kevin Walters who was lured home from Canberra.[1] In order to increase the Broncos' success in the Winfield Cup, Wayne Bennett controversially sacked Wally Lewis as club captain and gave the role to centre Gene Miles. Miles had retired from representative football, and Bennett hoped he could remove the team's reliance on Lewis.

The Balmian Tigers were the last team unbeaten by the Broncos until their victory in Round 18 of the 1990 season. Brisbane finished the regular season in second position, qualifying for their first finals campaign. In the Preliminary Final against the Canberra Raiders the Broncos were knocked out 30-2 so finished the 1990 season in third place. Canberra then went on to win the competition. At the end of the season, Wally Lewis parted company with the Broncos, moving to the Gold Coast Seagulls.

Match results[edit]

Round Opponent Result Bro. Opp. Date Venue Crowd Position
1 Western Suburbs Magpies Draw 12 12 18 Mar Campbelltown Sports Ground 9,670 8/16
2 Parramatta Eels Win 28 8 23 Mar Lang Park 22,003 4/16
3 Balmain Tigers Loss 16 18 1 Apr Leichhardt Oval 13,062 9/16
4 Manly Sea Eagles Win 14 12 8 Apr Lang Park 21,807 4/16
5 Penrith Panthers Loss 18 26 14 Apr Lang Park 22,842 8/16
6 Newcastle Knights Win 28 4 22 Apr Newcastle ISC 23,195 7/16
7 North Sydney Bears Loss 12 14 27 Apr Lang Park 20,801 9/16
8* Eastern Suburbs Roosters Win 36 12 13 May Sydney Football Stadium 5,794 6/16
9 Cronulla Sharks Win 20 8 18 May Lang Park 21,393 5/16
10* Gold Coast-Tweed Giants Win 30 14 3 Jun Lang Park 17,680 4/16
11 South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 34 6 10 Jun Sydney Football Stadium 10,059 2/16
12* Illawarra Steelers Win 36 6 17 Jun Lang Park 18,789 2/16
13 St George Dragons Win 18 14 23 Jun Kogarah Oval 8,187 2/16
14 Canberra Raiders Win 22 20 1 Jul Lang Park 32,124 1/16
15 Canterbury Bulldogs Win 26 8 6 Jul Belmore Oval 7,202 1/16
16 Western Suburbs Magpies Win 30 10 13 Jul Lang Park 15,906 1/16
17 Parramatta Eels Win 24 22 22 Jul Parramatta Stadium 20,138 1/16
18 Balmain Tigers Win 30 16 29 Jul Lang Park 32,168 1/16
19 Manly Sea Eagles Loss 4 18 5 Aug Brookvale Oval 16,656 1/16
20 Penrith Panthers Loss 2 18 12 Aug Penrith Football Stadium 15,000 2/16
21 Newcastle Knights Win 24 4 17 Aug Lang Park 24,282 2/16
22 North Sydney Bears Win 14 8 25 Aug North Sydney Oval 24,282 2/16
Qualif. Final Penrith Panthers Loss 16 26 2 Sep Sydney Football Stadium 24,409
Semi Final Manly Sea Eagles Win 12 4 8 Sep Sydney Football Stadium 31,424
Prelim. Final Canberra Raiders Loss 4 32 16 Sep Sydney Football Stadium 31,628

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 22 16 1 5 532 245 +287 33
2 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 22 16 1 5 478 278 +200 33
3 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 22 15 1 6 415 286 +129 31
4 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 22 15 0 7 395 255 +125 30
5 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 22 14 0 8 432 284 +148 28
6 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 22 13 2 7 344 305 +39 28
7 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 22 12 1 9 354 291 +65 25
8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 22 12 1 9 387 347 +40 25
9 Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra 22 11 1 10 366 361 +5 23
10 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 22 11 0 11 370 359 +11 22
11 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 22 10 0 12 322 298 +24 20
12 St. George colours.svg St. George 22 8 0 14 371 399 -28 16
13 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 22 6 1 15 323 433 -110 13
14 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 22 6 1 15 283 547 -264 13
15 Northern Eagles colours.svg Gold Coast Seagulls 22 4 0 18 233 567 -334 8
16 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 22 2 0 20 302 652 -350 4

Scorers[edit]

Player Tries Goals FG Points
Dale Shearer 10 46/83 0 132
Willie Carne 15 3/4 0 66
Terry Matterson 3 23/38 0 58
Paul Hauff 11 0 0 44
Chris Johns 8 0 0 32
Allan Langer 6 0 0 24
Michael Hancock 5 0 0 20
Gene Miles 5 0 0 20
Kevin Walters 5 0 0 20
Brett Plowman 4 0 0 16
Kerrod Walters 4 0 0 16
Tony Currie 3 0 0 12
Peter Jackson 3 0 0 12
Greg Dowling 2 0 0 8
Steve Renouf 2 0 0 8
Craig Teevan 2 0 0 8
Wally Lewis 1 1/1 0 6
Bob Conway 1 0 0 4
Grant Rix 1 0 0 4

Honours[edit]

  • Nil

League[edit]

Club[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harms, John (2005). The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story. Australia: University of Queensland Press. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-7022-3536-8. 
  2. ^ "Honour Board". broncos.com.au. Brisbane Broncos. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 

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