24/05/2024

Can the Brisbane Broncos go back-to-back- and claim the 2022 NRLW title? Photo: nrl.com.au Design: Will Cuckson

After winning the first three premierships in the NRLW competition, the Brisbane Broncos will be raring to go again. However, the question remains as to whether they can repeat the dose and become a dynasty.

After winning the 2020 NRLW premiership, the Brisbane Broncos could not be better placed heading into this season. With star-studded players all over the line-up, there is plenty to be excited about for Broncos fans.

After already establishing themselves as the dominant force in the competition, the question for this season will be whether they can gain the ultimate success and become the NRLW’s first dynasty.

Last season

1st (3-0)

The 2020 NRLW season could not have been a more positive season for the Broncos, winning their third straight premiership after finishing top of the ladder.

The Broncos started their month of glory with a 14-point victory over the New Zealand Warriors in Canberra. Superstar fullback Tamika Upton notched three tries in the victory.

Brisbane would close out the regular season with an 18-4 victory over the St. George Illawarra Dragons at Sydney’s Bankwest Stadium, followed by a 24-16 win against the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium.

In the Grand Final, Brisbane took on the Roosters, full of confidence after their triumph in the previous round.

Brisbane would burst out of the blocks with two tries in the opening ten minutes. With the game in the balance at half-time, a try to Brisbane’s Tallisha Harden would seal the victory as the Broncos would be victorious by ten points.

The Brisbane Broncos celebrate winning the 2020 NRLW Premiership

Squad changes

Ins:

Kaitlyn Phillips (Sydney Roosters), Roxy Murdoch (Sydney Roosters), Hagiga Mosby, Emily Bass, Jada Ferguson, Toni Hunt, Lesa Kaleti Mataafa, Hayley Maddick, Amy Turner, Sara Sautia.

Outs:

Zara Canfield (Gold Coast Titans), Jessika Elliston (Gold Coast Titans), Jayme Fressard (Newcastle Knights), Shannon Mato (Gold Coast Titans), Chante Temara (Sydney Roosters), Romy Teitzel (Newcastle Knights).

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Track watch

By all reports, Sara Sautia is loving her time in Brisbane so far and is training very well in the hopes of securing a place in the Broncos best side.

Sautia comes with some expectations, having signed from the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Tarsha Gale Cup squad, on the back of winning their club player of the year award in the previous season.

Sautia says she is in excellent shape and is prepared to make the most of her opportunity with the Broncos.

“I’m a laid-back person so I was just going with the flow previously. But now it feels real and I’m ready to make the most of the opportunity,” she said to NRL.com

Sautia is one of many rookies that Broncos fans will be looking forward to watching in season 2022 as they look to introduce youth into the side. This will help in filling the void from the departures made by some of the more experienced Broncos.

What to Expect:

Set to play their second ever game at their traditional base of Suncorp Stadium, Broncos fans can expect another year of contending for the NRLW trophy.

After three premierships in a row, the biggest question for the Broncos is how they deal with expectations in an expanded competition ahead of the 2022 season. Having retained many of the premiership stars, the Broncos have minimal excuses heading into the season.

The speed at which the Broncos move the ball up the field will also be something worth watching, with numerous quality ball movers in their side.

It’s a big year for:

After another stellar campaign in 2020, followed by a brilliant performance in the 2021 State of Origin match as Queensland skipper, Ali Brigginshaw will once again need to be at her best if Brisbane are to claim their fourth title.

Touted by some as the competition’s best player, Brigginshaw will once again have to play a major role in her sides success as she has done for many seasons now. The lock will be a crucial piece to the Broncos trademark ball movement.

An influential leader, Brigginshaw will again lead the Broncos as she has in all three Grand Final victories.

The reigning Dally M Female Player of the Year, will look be looking to further strengthen her legacy with another strong season, and hopefully another premiership.

Predicted round one lineup:

The Broncos enter the season with their best players available, creating a formidable lineup from the outset.

However, at some stage this season the Broncos will have to call on their more inexperienced youth which may be the only issue heading into the season.

Ladder Range:

1st – 2nd

Brisbane fans can expect another strong year from their women’s outfit, having retained a good crop of players from the 2020 premiership side, despite three new sides entering the competition.

The Broncos also have a lot of young talent which they are set to unleash upon the NRL world which will hold them in good stead for the future. Jada Ferguson impressed in the under 19 setup, while Lauren Brown also gives Broncos fans many reasons to smile with her level of young talent.

Ultimately, the only factor which would stop the Broncos fans from enjoying success in 2022 would be an injury or suspension to a key player. With the side possessing young talent and experienced stars, it is difficult to see many other outcomes than to go deep into finals once again and claim an elusive fourth premiership in as many years.

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