Recap of Last Season
The Broncos have reigned supreme in the NRLW, winning three titles since it began in 2018. Last season, the Broncos finished first on the ladder but missed out on the grand final from a tough 22-16 semi-final loss against the Sydney Roosters.
How They Did Last Season
Having already established themselves as an incredibly dominant team in previous seasons, the Broncos had consistent games in the postponed 2021 season. The team won every game but one, where they were defeated 28-26 by the Gold Coast Titans.
They had an incredible 38-4 home win against the Parramatta Eels in Round 5, the biggest home win of the entire season.
Finishing first on the ladder, the Broncos went into the semi-finals confident and strong. Despite the tough semi-final loss, the Broncos won the Minor Premiership, with prop Millie Boyle winning the Dally M Award (along with Dragons player Emma Tonegato) and hooker Lauren Brown being the top point-scorer of the season, with a whopping 38 points.
How They Can Improve
There is little need for improvement due to the Bronco's NRLW success rate. However, the new players will need to step up to the challenge of being the best in the league. The depth of their plays was obviously missing from the 2021 season, so the team will need to work together to bring that back.
In: Annetta Nu'uausala (Knights), Brianna Clark (Titans), Crystal Tamarua, Hannah Larsson, Jaime Chapman (Dragons), Jasmine Fogavini, Nita Maynard (Eels), Paige Parker (Knights), Shakiah Tungai, Sophie Holyman.
Out: Millie Boyle (Knights), Lauren Brown (Titans), Hagiga Mosby (Titans), Tamika Upton (Knights), Roxy Murdoch (Titans), Nakita Sao (injured).
The team's biggest strength this season is their sheer motivation and determination to succeed. After missing out on the grand final last season, for the first time in NRLW history, captain Ali Brigginshaw has made it clear that the Broncos are aiming to bring the win home once again.
The signing of new players like Brianna Clark, Shakiah Tungai and Annetta Nu'uausala will give them the upper hand.
Having lost some star players to rival teams, including Millie Boyle (Knights) and Lauren Brown (Titans), the Broncos may struggle with solidifying themselves as a new team with several rookies. The team will need to learn to bounce back after losing their star players.
Jaime Chapman. One of the best emerging talents in the NRLW, 20-year-old winger Jaime Chapman will be one to watch. Having played rugby league since the age of five, Chapman has some serious experience up her sleeve.
Playing for the Dragons last season, Chapman made appearances in six games, with three tries, 23 tackle busts and almost 100 run metres per game.
Chapman, an Indigenous girl from the Kamilaroi nation, also played a fantastic game in the Indigenous All-Stars match earlier this year, winning the Trish Hana Medal as player of the match.
It is expected that she will have a stellar season with the Broncos this year.
Prediction for 2022
Despite team changes and a number of rookies joining, it is expected that the Broncos will continue dominating the NRLW. They will be looking to redeem themselves in their Round 2 game against the Roosters after the tough semi-final loss against them last season.
Prediction ladder position: First
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