1996 Brisbane Broncos season

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The 1996 Brisbane Broncos season was the ninth in the club's history. They competed in the Australian Rugby League's 1996 Optus Cup premiership and finished the regular season in second place on the ladder, progressing as far as the semi-finals.

Season summary[edit]

In 1996 the Broncos once again started solidly, went through a losing streak mid-season but recovered to finish strongly, conforming to the pattern of previous seasons.[1] However again they capitulated, losing to North Sydney and Cronulla to lose their fifth straight finals match. Gorden Tallis, at the time still contracted to the St George, chose to sit out this season rather than play for the Dragons as he had also signed to play for the Broncos in 1996. At the end of the 1996 season, players Kerrod Walters, Alan Cann, Willie Carne and Michael Hancock were asked to leave the club, as they could no longer be guaranteed regular places in the Broncos' first grade team.

Match results[edit]

Round Opponent Result Bro. Opp. Date Venue Crowd Position
1 Auckland Warriors Forfeited 16/20
2 Western Suburbs Magpies Win 36 14 31 Mar Campbelltown Sports Ground 9,106 7/20
3 Illawarra Steelers Win 54 4 6 Apr ANZ Stadium 24,577 3/20
4 South Queensland Crushers Win 28 8 12 Apr Suncorp Stadium 34,263 2/20
5 North Queensland Cowboys Win 58 14 21 Apr ANZ Stadium 18,609 2/20
6 St George Dragons Win 22 4 27 Apr Kogarah Oval 13,090 2/20
7 Canterbury Bulldogs Win 30 8 4 May Belmore Oval 5,246 2/20
8 Canberra Raiders Win 50 16 12 May ANZ Stadium 37,248 2/20
9* Western Reds Win 22 14 24 May WACA Ground 10,735 2/20
10* North Sydney Bears Loss 10 16 7 June ANZ Stadium 25,092 3/20
11 Manly Sea Eagles Loss 4 18 14 Jun ANZ Stadium 19,837 4/20
12* Illawarra Steelers Loss 6 14 23 Jun Wollongong 6,121 5/20
13 Parramatta Eels Win 30 24 30 Jun ANZ Stadium 22,412 4/20
14 Sydney City Roosters Loss 10 12 8 Jul Sydney Football Stadium 35,075 5/20
15 Newcastle Knights Win 24 19 15 Jul ANZ Stadium 28,600 5/20
16 Cronulla Sharks Win 15 12 20 Jul Endeavour Field 19,078 4/20
17 Sydney Tigers Win 26 6 26 Jul ANZ Stadium 15,129 3/20
18 Penrith Panthers Win 50 20 4 Aug Penrith Park 6,318 3/20
19 Western Suburbs Magpies Win 36 6 10 Aug ANZ Stadium 19,866 3/20
20 South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 20 18 17 Aug Sydney Football Stadium 3,011 2/20
21 Gold Coast Chargers Win 38 10 25 Aug ANZ Stadium 25,749 2/20
22 Auckland Warriors Win 38 6 30 Aug Mt Smart Stadium 26,000 2/20
Qualif. Final North Sydney Bears Loss 16 21 7 Sep Suncorp Stadium 25,983
Semi Final Cronulla Sharks Loss 16 22 14 Sep Sydney Football Stadium 27,665
*Game following a State of Origin match

Season ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 22 18 0 4 549 191 +358 36
2 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 21 17 0 4 607 263 +344 34
3 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 22 15 2 5 598 325 +273 32
4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney City Roosters 22 15 1 6 521 321 +200 31
5 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 21 14 2 5 399 268 +131 30
6 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 21 13 1 7 538 384 +154 27
7 St. George colours.svg St. George 21 12 1 8 443 360 +83 27
8 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 22 12 1 9 394 434 -40 25
9 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 21 10 1 10 416 388 +28 23
10 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 21 11 0 10 375 378 -3 22
11 Auckland colours.svg Auckland 21 10 0 11 412 427 -15 22
12 Balmain colours.svg Sydney Tigers 22 11 0 11 319 459 -140 22
13 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 21 9 1 11 404 415 -11 21
14 Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra 22 8 0 14 403 444 -41 16
15 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 21 7 1 13 363 464 -101 15
16 Western Reds colours.svg Western Reds 21 6 1 14 313 420 -107 13
17 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 21 6 0 15 288 643 -355 12
18 Gold Coast Chargers colours.svg Gold Coast Chargers 22 5 1 16 359 521 -162 11
19 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 22 5 1 16 314 634 -320 11
20 South Queensland colours.svg South Queensland 21 3 0 18 220 496 -276 8

Scorers[edit]

Player Tries Goals FG Points
Willie Carne 7 59/94 0 146
Steve Renouf 19 0 0 76
Darren Smith 14 0 0 56
Darren Lockyer 7 12/21 0 54
Michael Hancock 13 0 0 52
Allan Langer 11 2/5 1 49
Kevin Walters 10 0 0 40
Wendell Sailor 9 0 0 36
Robbie Ross 8 0 0 32
Kerrod Walters 5 0 0 20
Tonie Carroll 4 0 0 16
John Plath 3 0 0 12
Peter Ryan 3 0 0 12
Ben Walker 1 3/6 0 10
Brad Thorn 2 0 0 8
Alan Cann 1 0 0 4
Brett Galea 1 0 0 4
Paul Hauff 1 0 0 4
Glenn Lazarus 1 0 0 4
Shane Webcke 1 0 0 4

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

  • Nil

Club[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harms, John (2005). The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story. Australia: University of Queensland Press. p. 177. ISBN 9780702235368. 
  2. ^ "Honour Board". broncos.com.au. Brisbane Broncos. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 

Coordinates: 27°33′30″S 153°03′44″E / 27.558333°S 153.062222°E / -27.558333; 153.062222 (ANZ Stadium)