2008 Brisbane Broncos season

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The 2008 Brisbane Broncos season was the 21st in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2008 Telstra Premiership, the centenary season of rugby league football in Australia. The Broncos finished the regular season 5th (out of 16) but were knocked out of the finals by eventual grand finalists Melbourne Storm for the second consecutive year.

Season summary[edit]

The Broncos started the season winning their first three games. 48–12 against the Penrith Panthers in round 1, 20–14 against the Sydney Roosters in round 2 and 36-2 against the North Queensland Cowboys in round 3. Round 3 gave way to an attendance of 50,612 people, biggest crowd at Suncorp Stadium. The Broncos suffered their first loss of the 2008 season with a 28–8 loss to reigning premiers the Melbourne Storm in round 4.

Round 5 saw the Broncos have a 34–22 win over the Newcastle Knights at Energy Australia Stadium. Justin Hodges starred with a two try effort with Michael Ennis also scoring two tries, while always looking dangerous. Round 6 was a disappointing 26–24 loss for the Broncos to the red hot Gold Coast Titans.The Titans burst out of the blocks with a 16–0 lead after 20 mins. However the Broncos fought back strongly,with a missed goal from the sideline from Michael Ennis late in the second half the difference. In round 9, the Broncos lost their first match of the season while leading at halftime when they led 12–6 at halftime to lose 30–12 against the Manly Sea Eagles, it was also Broncos first loss for the season at Suncorp Stadium. In round 10, the Broncos lost their first back-to-back losses for the season when they lost to the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 13-6 at Toyota Park. The Broncos returned to the winners list with a very thrilling 30–26 win against the Parramatta Eels at Suncorp Stadium in round 12. Also Denan Kemp equalled the record for the most tries in a match for the Broncos with 4 tries against the Eels in round 12. Karmichael Hunt kicked his first ever field goal when he won the game for the Broncos 19-18 against the Wests Tigers in round 15. Also Nick Kenny scored his first ever try in first grade against the Tigers. The Broncos played out their first draw since round 25, 2004 and the first draw of the season with a hard fought 12–12 draw with the Penrith Panthers at CUA Stadium in round 16. In round 20, the Broncos won their first back to back wins since round 8 with a hard fort 18–12 win over the Cronulla Sharks at Suncorp Stadium. Joel Clinton has scored his first try for the Broncos in the Broncos 25–21 win over the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium in round 24. In round 25, the Broncos secured another finals campaign with a 36–22 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium. The Broncos will compete in their 17th straight finals series. The Broncos took on the Sydney Roosters in the Qualifying Final and the Broncos turned an 8-point halftime deficit into an 8-point win coming from 16–8 down to win 24–16 at the SFS. The Broncos season came to an end when Greg Inglis crossed the line with 1 minute to play as the Broncos led the Melbourne Storm 14-12 in the semi-final at Suncorp Stadium. They lost 16–14.

After the NRL season, Brisbane's Darius Boyd was selected to make his international debut for Australia in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.

Results[edit]

Round Opponent Result Bris. Opp. Date Venue Crowd Position
Trial Central Comets Win 30 12 9 February Theodore, Queensland
Trial North Queensland Cowboys Win 20 10 16 February Brown Park, Rockhampton
Trial Canberra Raiders Loss 16 32 23 February Wade Park, Orange 8,500
Trial Redcliffe Dolphins Win 24 22 1 March Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe 8,000
1 Penrith Panthers Win 48 12 16 March Suncorp Stadium 31,250 1/16
2 Sydney Roosters Win 20 14 21 March Sydney Football Stadium 18,724 1/16
3 North Queensland Cowboys Win 36 2 28 March Suncorp Stadium 50,612 1/16
4 Melbourne Storm Loss 8 28 4 April Olympic Park Stadium 13,831 1/16
5 Newcastle Knights home jersey 2008.svg Newcastle Knights Win 34 22 13 April EnergyAustralia Stadium 21,614 1/16
6 Gold Coast Titans Loss 24 26 18 April Skilled Park 27,176 2/16
7 South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 32 18 25 April Suncorp Stadium 34,112 2/16
8 Wests Tigers Win 34 22 3 May ANZ Stadium 11,177 1/16
9 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Loss 12 30 11 May Suncorp Stadium 27,469 3/16
10 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Loss 6 13 17 May Toyota Park 13,431 6/16
11 Bye 5/16
12 Parramatta Eels Win 30 26 30 May Suncorp Stadium 25,564 4/16
13 St. George Illawarra Dragons home jersey 1999.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons Loss 10 28 6 June WIN Stadium 11,432 6/16
14 Canberra Raiders Loss 16 34 15 June Canberra Stadium 11,157 7/16
15 Wests Tigers Win 19 18 20 June Suncorp Stadium 27,862 7/16
16 Penrith Panthers home jersey 2007.svg Penrith Panthers Draw 12 12 27 June CUA Stadium 9,967 7/16
17 Bye 7/16
18 Canterbury Bulldogs away jersey 1997.svg Bulldogs Loss 18 26 13 July Suncorp Stadium 37,687 7/16
19 North Queensland Cowboys Win 32 18 18 July Dairy Farmers Stadium 22,048 5/16
20 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Win 18 12 25 July Suncorp Stadium 27,905 5/16
21 Canberra Raiders Win 34 6 3 August Suncorp Stadium 28,103 5/16
22 New Zealand home jersey 2006.svg New Zealand Warriors Loss 12 16 9 August Mt. Smart 13,007 5/16
23 St. George Illawarra Dragons home jersey 1999.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons Loss 20 24 15 August Suncorp Stadium 33,237 5/16
24 Gold Coast Titans Win 25 21 22 August Suncorp Stadium 39,737 5/16
25 Canterbury Bulldogs home jersey 1997.svg Bulldogs Win 36 22 31 August Stadium Australia 7,685 5/16
26 Newcastle Knights home jersey 2008.svg Newcastle Knights Win 24 2 5 September Suncorp Stadium 37,552 5/16
QF Sydney Roosters Win 24 16 12 September Sydney Football Stadium 18,343
SF Melbourne Storm Loss 14 16 20 September Suncorp Stadium 50,466

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 17 0 7 2 584 282 +302 38
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 24 17 0 7 2 645 355 +290 38
3 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 24 17 0 7 2 451 384 +67 38
4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 15 0 9 2 511 446 +65 34
5 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 14 1 9 2 560 452 +108 33
6 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 13 0 11 2 640 527 +113 30
7 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 24 13 0 11 2 489 378 +111 30
8 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 13 0 11 2 502 567 -65 30
9 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 12 0 12 2 516 486 +30 28
10 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 11 0 13 2 528 560 -32 26
11 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 11 0 13 2 501 547 -46 26
12 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 10 1 13 2 504 611 -107 25
13 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 24 10 0 14 2 476 586 -110 24
14 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 8 0 16 2 453 666 -213 20
15 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 5 0 19 2 474 638 -164 14
16 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 5 0 19 2 433 782 -349 14

Scorers[edit]

Player Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Michael Ennis 7 48 0 124
Denan Kemp 17 0 0 68
Corey Parker 3 27 0 66
Darius Boyd 9 0 0 36
Justin Hodges 8 0 0 32
Sam Thaiday 8 0 0 32
Peter Wallace 4 8 0 28
Joel Moon 5 0 0 20
Reece Robinson 4 0 0 16
David Stagg 4 0 0 16
Karmichael Hunt 3 0 1 13
Darren Lockyer 2 0 1 9
Tonie Carroll 2 0 0 8
Ben Hannant 2 0 0 8
Kaine Manihera 2 0 0 8
Greg Eastwood 2 0 0 8
PJ Marsh 1 0 0 4
Reece Robinson 1 0 0 4
Steve Michaels 1 0 0 4
Shane Perry 1 0 0 4
Nick Kenny 1 0 0 4
Dave Taylor 1 0 0 4
Joel Clinton 1 0 0 4

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

  • Nil

Club[edit]

Casualties[edit]

Player Injury Injured Round Possible Comeback Round
Steve Michaels Knee 7 Out For Season
Nick Emmett Ankle 18 Out For Season

Suspended[edit]

Justin Hodges

Squad[edit]

Bold Players have played International or State any year

Full Backs

Wingers

Centres

Halves

Hookers

Props

Second Rowers

Locks

Player movements[edit]

Current Signed for Source
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Darius Boyd signed with St. George Illawarra off contract [1]
Tonie Carroll .

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Joel Clinton off contract
Greg Eastwood signed with Bulldogs off contract [3]
Nick Emmett signed with St. George Illawarra contract details unknown [4]
Michael Ennis signed with Bulldogs off contract [5]
leaving Melbourne Israel Folau [6]
leaving Catalans Aaron Gorrell [7]
Ben Hannant signed with Bulldogs off contract [8]
Justin Hodges off contract [9]
Karmichael Hunt Signed with Gold Coast AfL [10]
Denan Kemp signed with New Zealand off contract [11]
Nick Kenny off contract [12]
Kaine Manihera contract details unknown
Darren Lockyer off contract [13]
PJ Marsh off contract [14]
Steven Michaels off contract [15]
Joel Moon signed with New Zealand off contract [16]
Corey Parker off contract [17]
Shane Perry signed with Catalans

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[18]
Reece Robinson off contract
leaving St. George Illawarra Lagi Setu off contract [19]
Ashton Sims off contract
David Stagg signed with Canterbury off contract [20]
David Taylor off contract [21]
leaving Wests Tigers Ben Te'o off contract [22]
Sam Thaiday off contract [23]
Peter Wallace [24]

Toyota Cup results[edit]

Round Opponent Result Bris. Opp. Date Venue
1 Penrith Panthers Loss 24 28 16 March Suncorp Stadium
2 Sydney Roosters Loss 16 40 21 March Sydney Football Stadium
3 North Queensland Cowboys Win 32 10 28 March Suncorp Stadium
4 Melbourne Storm Win 28 24 4 April Olympic Park
5 Newcastle Knights home jersey 2008.svg Newcastle Knights Win 26 20 13 April EnergyAustralia Stadium
6 Gold Coast Titans Loss 20 30 18 April Skilled Park
7 South Sydney Rabbitohs Loss 16 28 25 April Suncorp Stadium
8 Wests Tigers Loss 18 31 3 May ANZ Stadium
9 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Win 42 12 11 May Suncorp Stadium
10 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Win 40 8 17 May Toyota Park
11 Bye
12 Parramatta Eels Win 32 6 30 May Suncorp Stadium
13 St. George Illawarra Dragons home jersey 1999.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons Draw 22 22 6 June WIN Stadium
14 Canberra Raiders Loss 8 48 15 June Canberra Stadium
15 Wests Tigers Win 48 0 20 June Suncorp Stadium
16 Penrith Panthers home jersey 2007.svg Penrith Panthers Win 38 24 27 June CUA Stadium
17 Bye
18 Canterbury Bulldogs away jersey 1997.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Loss 16 33 13 July Suncorp Stadium
19 North Queensland Cowboys Win 34 16 18 July Dairy Farmers Stadium
20 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Win 40 4 25 July Suncorp Stadium
21 Canberra Raiders Loss 24 28 3 August Suncorp Stadium
22 New Zealand home jersey 2006.svg New Zealand Warriors Win 32 12 9 August Mt. Smart
23 St. George Illawarra Dragons home jersey 1999.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 30 22 15 August Suncorp Stadium
24 Gold Coast Titans Win 40 12 22 August Suncorp Stadium
25 Canterbury Bulldogs home jersey 1997.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Win 40 12 31 August Stadium Australia
26 Newcastle Knights away jersey 2008.svg Newcastle Knights Win 18 6 5 September Suncorp Stadium
QF Canterbury Bulldogs home jersey 1997.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Win 28 22 12 September Aussie Stadium
PF New Zealand Warriors Win 28 26 20 September Aussie Stadium
GF Canberra Raiders Loss 24 28 28 September ANZ Stadium

QF Sydney Roosters vs Brisbane Broncos venue SFS

SF Melbourne Storm vs Brisbane Broncos venue Suncorp Stadium

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Honour Board". broncos.com.au. Brisbane Broncos. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

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