2005 Brisbane Broncos season

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The 2005 Brisbane Broncos season was the eighteenth in the club's history, and they competed in the NRL's 2005 Telstra Premiership. Coached by Wayne Bennett and captained by Darren Lockyer, they finished the regular season 3rd (out of 15) despite ending the year with another long losing streak which continued into the play-offs and saw them knocked out once again.

Season summary[edit]

With Gorden Tallis' retirement at the end of the previous season, the Broncos' captaincy was passed onto star fullback-turned-5/8th Darren Lockyer. In round 1 of NRL season 2005 Lockyer led the Broncos out for the first time and won 29-16 against the North Queensland Cowboys, the team that knocked them out of the finals in their last match the previous year. Three weeks later, the Broncos suffered their worst defeat in the club's history with a 50-4 loss to the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park. After this match, the Broncos won their next ten matches straight from round 5 to round 17 to lead the competition, only to lose their last five regular season game in a row from round 22 to round 26, finishing third heading into the finals. The losing streak extended into the finals with defeats in the Qualifying Final to the Melbourne Storm 24-18 and in the Semi Final to the Wests Tigers 34-6, sending them out of the competition and making it seven consecutive losses in and seven straight finals losses for the Broncos.

At the end of the 2005 season, after five successive years without a grand final appearance, Bennett decided to have a cleanout of the coaching staff, removing such long-time allies as Gary Belcher, Glenn Lazarus and Kevin Walters.[1]

Match results[edit]

Round Opponent Result Bro. Opp. Date Venue Crowd Position
Trial Match Melbourne Storm Loss 10 24 19 Feb Carrara Stadium - -
Trial Match Canberra Raiders Win 26 20 26 Feb Stadium Toowoomba - -
1 North Queensland Cowboys Win 29 16 13 Mar Suncorp Stadium 43,488 4/15
2 New Zealand Warriors Loss 12 24 19 Mar Suncorp Stadium 24,719 8/15
3 Sydney Roosters Win 40 22 25 Mar Sydney Football Stadium 23,157 4/15
4 Melbourne Storm Loss 4 50 2 Apr Olympic Park 12,149 10/15
5 Parramatta Eels Win 54 14 10 Apr Suncorp Stadium 25,843 6/15
6 St George Illawarra Dragons Win 34 24 17 Apr WIN Stadium 17,287 5/15
7 Cronulla Sharks Win 16 12 23 Apr Toyota Park 17,864 4/15
8 Manly Sea Eagles Win 38 12 29 Apr Suncorp Stadium 27,514 2/15
9 Canterbury Bulldogs Win 35 28 8 May Suncorp Stadium 29,845 1/15
10 North Queensland Cowboys Win 23 6 14 May Dairy Farmers Stadium 22,477 1/15
11 Bye - - - - - - 1/15
12* South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 36 12 28 May Suncorp Stadium 18,081 1/15
13 Newcastle Knights Win 34 16 5 Jun EnergyAustralia Stadium 22,423 1/15
14 Canberra Raiders Win 20 12 11 Jun Canberra Stadium 8,609 1/15
15* Wests Tigers Win 40 22 18 Jun Suncorp Stadium 25,780 1/15
16 New Zealand Warriors Loss 18 30 26 Jun Ericsson Stadium 13,752 1/15
17 Cronulla Sharks Win 22 10 3 Jul Suncorp Stadium 23,900 1/15
18 Bye - - - - - - 1/15
19* Melbourne Storm Win 28 15 17 Jul Suncorp Stadium 32,738 1/15
20 Canterbury Bulldogs Loss 22 29 22 Jul Telstra Stadium 29,112 1/15
21 Canberra Raiders Win 24 18 30 Jul Suncorp Stadium 27,478 1/15
22 Manly Sea Eagles Loss 20 21 7 Aug Brookvale Oval 29,112 1/15
23 St George Illawarra Dragons Loss 4 24 14 Aug Suncorp Stadium 27,478 1/15
24 Penrith Panthers Loss 20 22 21 Aug CUA Stadium 16,198 1/15
25 Sydney Roosters Loss 10 17 26 Aug Suncorp Stadium 48,995 3/15
26 Parramatta Eels Loss 14 28 2 Sep Parramatta Stadium 20,340 3/15
Qualif. Final Melbourne Storm Loss 18 24 10 Sep Suncorp Stadium 25,193 -
Semi Final Wests Tigers Loss 6 34 18 Sep Sydney Football Stadium 36,563 -
*Game following a State of Origin match

Season Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B F A P/D Pts
1 Parramatta Eels 24 16 0 8 2 704 456 248 36
2 St George Illawarra Dragons 24 16 0 8 2 655 510 145 36
3 Brisbane Broncos 24 15 0 9 2 597 484 113 34
4 Wests Tigers 24 14 0 10 2 676 575 101 32
5 North Queensland Cowboys 24 14 0 10 2 639 563 76 32
6 Melbourne Storm 24 13 0 11 2 640 462 178 30
7 Cronulla Sharks 24 12 0 12 2 550 564 -14 28
8 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24 12 0 12 2 554 632 -78 28
9 Sydney Roosters 24 11 0 13 2 488 487 1 26
10 Penrith Panthers 24 11 0 13 2 554 554 0 26
11 New Zealand Warriors 24 10 0 14 2 515 528 -13 24
12 Canterbury Bulldogs 24 9 1 14 2 472 670 -198 23
13 South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 9 1 14 2 482 700 -218 23
14 Canberra Raiders 24 9 0 15 2 465 606 -141 22
15 Newcastle Knights 24 8 0 16 2 467 667 -200 20

Players[edit]

Scorers[edit]

Player Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Darren Lockyer 8 52/84 1 137
Brett Seymour 7 32/42 2 94
Shaun Berrigan 19 0 0 76
Leon Bott 13 0 0 52
Justin Hodges 11 0 0 44
Karmichael Hunt 8 0 0 32
Brent Tate 7 0 0 28
Scott Minto 7 0 0 28
David Stagg 5 0 0 20
Casey McGuire 4 0 0 16
Darren Smith 4 0 0 16
Brad Thorn 4 0 0 16
Tonie Carroll 3 0 0 12
Dane Carlaw 2 0 0 8
Petero Civoniceva 2 0 0 8
Barry Berrigan 2 0 0 8
Stephen Michaels 2 0 0 8
Corey Parker 1 1/1 0 6
Sam Thaiday 1 0 0 4
Neville Costigan 1 0 0 4
Berrick Barnes 1 0/2 0 4

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

  • Nil

Club[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dick, Barry (1 October 2006). "Special day for Benny". The Courier-Mail. Queensland Newspapers. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Honour Board". broncos.com.au. Brisbane Broncos. Archived from the original on 26 January 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2013.

External links[edit]

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