Despite spending an entire summer twiddling our thumbs with no rugby league to sink our teeth into, it’s still hard to believe the 2020 NRL season has already arrived. And for Brisbane fans, it has arrived in thrilling fashion after their beloved Broncos defeated arch rivals the North Queensland Cowboys in an action-packed season opener for the two sides.
The victory at North Queensland Stadium is a valuable away result for Brisbane, who will host their first home game of the season at Suncorp Stadium at 7:05pm on Friday the 20th of March against South Sydney for the chance to make it two on the trot. The Rabbitohs were a forced to be reckoned with in 2019 and will be intent on making amends in 2020 after falling to the Canberra Raiders in the preliminary final, which forecasts a solid contest for the Broncos as the home crowd welcomes the maroon and gold back to Suncorp Stadium.
Friday 20 March @ 7:05pm (gates open 4:30pm)
Broncos vs. Rabbitohs – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
While kick-off for the match will be at 7:05pm, an interstate battle between the QLD Murri and NSW Koori will act as a curtain raiser starting at 4:50pm.
Every Brisbane Broncos match at Suncorp Stadium in 2020
Visit the Brisbane Broncos website to view the schedule and buy tickets for upcoming matches at Suncorp Stadium.
Friday 20 March @ 7:05pm – Broncos vs. Rabbitohs
Friday 10 April @ 7:55pm – Broncos vs Cowboys
Friday 17 April @ 7:55pm – Broncos vs Sharks
Friday 15 May @ 7:55pm – Broncos vs Dragons
Thursday 21 May @ 7:50pm – Broncos vs Bulldogs
Friday 26 June @ 7:55pm – Broncos vs Storm
Thursday 2 July @ 7:50pm – Broncos vs Panthers
Saturday 25 July @ 5:30pm – Broncos vs Warriors
Friday 31 July @ 7:55pm – Broncos vs Eels
Sunday 16 August @ 2:05pm – Broncos vs Titans
Saturday 22 August @ 7:35pm – Broncos vs Knights
Friday 4 September @ 7:55pm – Broncos vs Roosters
2019 season recap
2019 was a topsy turvy season for the Broncos and their fans after many had high expectations for the squad heading into Round 1. A lacklustre start to the season was followed by inconsistent performances and, eventually, a strong finish that allowed Brisbane to scrape into the finals with 11 wins, 12 losses and a draw. The season was punctuated by an inexperienced but promising young forward pack led by Payne Haas, who polled well in the Dally M votes to be awarded both Rookie of the Year and Prop of the Year. However, a constantly reshuffled spine with players out of position meant the Broncos were unable to build a rhythm that posed any real threat heading to the business end of the season. To say their Elimination Final was one to forget is an understatement: the side’s 58 – 0 drubbing at the hands of the Parramatta Eels is the club’s worst result in history and the new NRL record for a finals defeat.
What can the Broncos achieve in 2020?
There’s no doubt the Broncos are brimming with young talent and a developing forward pack some consider to be the best in the competition. With names like Anthony Milford, Payne Haas, Alex Glen, David Fifita, Matt Lodge, Jake Turpin, Jack Bird, Darius Boyd, Corey Oates, Jamayne Isaako, Tevita Pangai Jr and new signing Brodie Croft lining up in the maroon and gold, it’s hard not to get excited for what this team can achieve. But the club will be anxious to avoid a repeat of 2019 and find the missing puzzle piece that ensures this talented list can achieve consistent results, and coach Anthony Siebold will be under plenty of pressure to make it happen. It all makes 2020 a tough season to predict, but if the pieces fall into place Brisbane could pose a genuine threat to go all the way in September.