EbeneNews – AU – Broncos win first wooden spoon in club history


    The Brisbane Broncos won their first wooden spoon in club history after going to the North Queensland Cowboys 32-16 on Thursday night

    The Broncos will sit last in the NRL standings for the 2020 season, having produced just three wins in 20 rounds

    Today’s result puts an end to the career of club legend Darius Boyd who announced his retirement earlier this year

    The Broncos undoubtedly wanted to send a winner to their rear and Brisbane’s victory looked promising when they opened the game with two tries

    But the Cowboys would return and score six of the game’s last seven tries to send North Queensland fan favorite Gavin Cooper to win in his last game in the NRL

    Interim Broncos coach Peter Gentle admitted removing the wooden spoon was ‘disappointing’ and urged next year’s team to use the tough 2020 season as motivation to improve

    “The table doesn’t lie, here we are and that puts us in a good position to work really hard and make sure this doesn’t happen again”

    More bad news for the Broncos, there are serious concerns for young star Kotoni Staggs who fell early in the first half with an alleged ACL injury

    The injury came as Staggs, for the first time in his NRL career with the Broncos, played in five-eighth place

    Typically taking a center post, Gentle said the club were excited to see what Staggs had to offer as a playmaker

    Gentle has confirmed that the 21-year-old will have scans on his injured knee in hopes of having suffered an ACL injury

    “You watch our attack, a lot is going through him. We were so excited he is playing this role this week”

    After the game, the Cowboys gave their Queensland rivals a cheeky sled, giving the Bulldogs their greetings, as the loss to the Broncos ensured Brisbane, not Canterbury, took out the wooden spoon

    The competition has been exciting so far, with the Cowboys heading to the hangars full of confidence after overcoming an early 12-0 deficit

    Despite the appalling start of the Cowboys, they defended themselves well and continued to hold 62% of possession in the first half

    For the Broncos to have any hope of stopping the North Queensland momentum, they will need to be better disciplined after spitting out 7 errors and conceding 5 penalties

    Unfortunately for the Broncos, there are serious concerns for Kotoni Staggs who fell early in the half with an alleged ACL injury

    Broncos star Kotoni Staggs was forced off the pitch early in the first half after appearing to injure his knee in a tackle

    The 21-year-old couldn’t get up and was helped off the pitch

    “He grabbed hold of it right away, not a good sign for the Broncos,” Johnathan Thurston told Nine

    Brisbane Broncos hope to avoid the wooden spoon in what has been a disastrous season for the club

    Since NRL resumed season after COVID-19 shutdown in late May, Broncos have produced only one win

    In order for the Broncos to avoid finishing last on the NRL ladder, they must beat the Cowboys tonight at Suncorp Stadium and hope the Penrith Panthers do business against the Bulldogs

    It will also be an emotional evening for Brisbane as they farewell club legend Darius Boyd who made the decision earlier this year to withdraw from the game at the end of the season

    Broncos legend Sam Thaiday has said he hopes as many fans as possible attend the final game of the season in Brisbane to say goodbye to Boyd

    “Darius has been a great servant to our game and has done wonderful things on the pitch,” Thaiday told Wide World of Sports’ QLDER

    “He continues to do wonderful things off the pitch and will do [more] in the future

    “For all people living in Brisbane or in and around Brisbane, make sure you can always get a ticket

    Boyd has played 335 games in the NRL, 28 State of Origins for Queensland and 23 Tests for Australia since his debut with the Broncos in 2006

    He won a premier in his first year in the senior league in 2006 with the Broncos, then followed coach Wayne Bennett to the Dragons in 2010, where he took another before following to new coach, who was like a father to him , to the Knights and finally to the Broncos where he was part of the 2015 grand final

    For the Cowboys, they will bid farewell to Premier Gavin Cooper’s star, who announced his retirement earlier this month

    The second rower was part of the Cowboys’ first premier in 2015 and was a member of the Queensland Maroons, playing a total of six games at Origin level from 2016 to 2018

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    EbeneNews – AU – Broncos win first spoon wooden club history

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