How The Broncos Handle The Origin Period

Brisbane - Josh HoffmanBy STEVE MASCORD

WINGER Josh Hoffman says the cultural diversity within Brisbane’s squad could be a Godsend as Origin approaches.

Traditionally Brisbane have lost a chunk of their squad during the interstate series with the bulk of their players eligible for Queensland as well as having a number of NSW players over the years.

But this year’s lineup includes New Zealanders, a Cook Islander, a Tongan and an Englishman meaning it may be unwise to judge the 2013 campaign based on where Brisbane are heading into the Origin series.

“We have had that history over the years with Origin duties,” said Hoffman.

“We’ve got a few Kiwi boys … that allows a bit of leadership amongst the group but in saying that, it’s going to be tough when we do lose those Origin boys.

“I do put a bit more ownership on myself when we do have Origin duties, when we do have playmakers out.

“Everyone’s got their role to play. Mine is hopefully to get everyone upbeat and get more energy amongst the group.”

The Broncos currently lie in sixth position, their worst after 10 rounds since 2010, when they finished 11th. In 2008 they were sixth and finished up semifinalists.

“We’ve got some good young talent coming through the ranks but it is going to be a big job for them, stepping up to first grade,” said Hoffman.

“But (against the Titans) we had some good players out Benny Hannant, Hodgey (Justin Hodges) and also Staggy (David Stagg) was injured as well.

“It was tough night for us and it’s going to be tough in Origin but hopefully the young boys can step up and get the job done again.”

Brisbane Broncos Record After 10 Rounds 1988-2013 (source: League Information Services)
Year Wins Losses Draws Position Finished
1988 7 3 – 2nd 7th
1989 9 1 – 1st 6th
1990 6 3 1 4th Prelim Finalist
1991 5 5 – 8th 7th
1992 7 3 – 2nd Premiers
1993 7 3 – 5th Premiers
1994 5 4 1 7th Semi-finalists
1995 9 1 – 3rd Semi-finalists
1996 8 2 – 3rd Semi-finalists
1997 9 1 – 1st Premiers
1998 7 3 – 5th Premiers
1999 1 8 1 14th Quarter finalists
2000 7 1 2 1st Premiers
2001 7 3 – 2nd Prelim Finalists
2002 8 1 1 1st Prelim Finalists
2003 8 2 – 1st Quarter finalists
2004 7 3 – 4th Semi-finalists
2005 8 2 – 1st Semi-finalists
2006 7 3 – 4th Premiers
2007 3 7 – 15th Quarter finalists
2008 6 4 – 6th Semi-finalists
2009 7 3 – 4th Prelim Finalists
2010 4 6 – 11th 10th
2011 7 3 – 5th Prelim Finalists
2012 7 3 – 2nd Quarter finalists
2013 5 5 – 6th ??

Filed for: RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK

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