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Berrigan has tryscoring record in sights
by Chris Cox
Saturday June 18, 2005

Broncos centre Shaun Berrigan is just 6 tries away from the club's season tryscoring record with 11 rounds to play after the Broncos' 40-22 win over Wests Tigers at Suncorp Stadium.

In the club's 10th straight victory which solidifies themselves at the top of the ladder, Berrigan scored twice to extend his season tally to 17 tries - just 6 shy of the record of 23 held by former Test centre Steve Renouf, and his 35-year-old teammate Darren Smith.

The current winning streak is now just two games shy of the club's record of 12 wins, achieved in 1997-98. It also extends their winning run at Suncorp Stadium to five games - quite an achievement after the club could barely buy a win at the ground in 2003.

Brisbane led 30-6 at half time, and 40-6 10 minutes after the break, but the Tigers came back with three unanswered tries in the final 26 minutes to give themselves some respectability.

Webcke breaks duck
by Chris Cox
Saturday June 11, 2005

Prop forward Shane Webcke ended his winless captaincy record as the Broncos scored a gutsy 20-12 win over the Raiders at a sodden Canberra Stadium.

Missing their six Origin representatives and the injured Tonie Carroll and Scott Minto, the Broncos fought gallantly to lead 12-6 at the break, and extend the lead to 20-6 midway through the second half.

Halfback Brett Seymour was sensational leading the side around the park and had a hand in two of the Broncos' three tries.

Carlaw Back in State Colours
by Michael McLucas
Monday June 6, 2005

Broncos' interchange forward Dane Carlaw will make a return to the Queensland State of Origin side on Wednesday week for Game 2 at Telstra Stadium. Two solid performances against Souths and Newcastle have given Carlaw back some confidence he lost after injuring his shoulder late in 2004.

5 other Broncos - Darren Lockyer, Shaun Berrigan, Brad Thorn, Petero Civoniceva and Casey McGuire - were also named in the Queensland side.

Queensland will field the same backline that helped them to a 24-20 Golden Point victory against New South Wales in Game 1 at Suncorp Stadium, but the forward pack has been reshuffled after Steve Price was forced to withdraw with a knee injury.

Price is the only player the played in Game 1 that is not on the team.

Top topples bottom to retain lead
by Chris Cox
Sunday June 5, 2005

The Brisbane Broncos have won the 1st vs 15th battle against Newcastle Knights to retain their spot on top of the Telstra Premiership at the half way mark in the competition. The Broncos won 34-16 after trailing 10-0 after 15 minutes, providing a clinical display against the hapless, undermanned Knights.

The big talking point of the game, the return of Andrew Johns, was largely a fizzer. While the halfback and captain played strongly, he was part of a side that ultimately had little chance of halting the Broncos juggernaut.

After a less than auspicious start to the match, centre Justin Hodges took control midway through the first half. He started by providing Scott Minto with his first try, beating two defenders before flickin the ball to the rangy winger to score.

Hodges and Minto combined again moments later, with Hodges grubbering ahead, and Minto toeing the ball further and winning the race to ground the ball just inside the dead ball line. Darren Lockyer's conversion levelled the scores with 5 minutes before half time.

Broncos cruise to top of ladder
by Chris Cox
Sunday May 29, 2005

The Brisbane Broncos have secured outright top spot on the Telstra Premiership at the end of round 12, after a mediocre 36-12 win over South Sydney at Suncorp Stadium.

In front of the smallest home crowd of the season, the Broncos ran in 7 tries to 2 without ever really breaking out of second gear, but secured a crucial two premiership points and added to their already impressive for and against.

The Broncos led 12-8 at half time despite being outenthused for the most part, and put the Rabbitohs to the sword with a four try burst in the space of 20 minutes to open the second half.

Bowen brilliance rescues Maroons from heartbreak
by Chris Cox
Thursday May 26, 2005

After leading 19-0 early in the second half, to have been beaten would have been absolute heartbreak for Queensland in the opening State of Origin clash at Suncorp Stadium.

However, that was the scenario they faced as Craig Fitzgibbon calmly converted Danny Buderus' 72nd minute try to give the Blues a 20-19 lead with just 8 minutes left on the clock. Queensland needed another miracle. Could they deliver for their 52484 fans on hand at the sacred Lang Park turf?

Skipper Darren Lockyer tried with a 35 metre penalty shot attempt with four minutes on the clock, but it sailed wide.

So it was up to Cowboy debutant Johnathon Thurston, slotting a pressure field goal - including a ricochet off Buderus - to level the scores with just two minutes on the clock.

Five Bronco players in Queensland State of Origin team
by Mike Aitken
Monday May 16, 2005

The form of several Brisbane Broncos players has seen them rewarded with Queensland State of Origin jerseys, and a chance to win back the series from the New South Wales 'Blues'. Darren Lockyer will again Captain the Maroons, with Shaun Berrigan, Petero Civoniceva, Tonie Carroll and giant Brad Thorn all being given starting honours.

All five Bronco players have been outstanding for their club, with Shaun Berrigan at the top of the NRL tryscorer's list, with eleven try's, and Brad Thorn with his relentless charges and offloads. Tonie Carroll has been very solid this year and played his best game against the Kiwi's in the ANZAC Test, while Petero Civoniceva has been having his best year, making numerous breaks and stopping several try's.

Darren Lockyer's form basically picks itself, leading the NRL with try-assists, Lockyer holds the key to the series, if he plays like he has been all season, and produces a big game in each Brisbane appearance the Maroons will definetly be the side to win.

Broncos overrun Cowboys
by Chris Cox
Saturday May 14, 2005

After 55 minutes, if anyone had suggested the Broncos would score at a point a minute to finish the match, they would have been carted off to the loony bin. The Broncos trailed 6-0 and were having a hard enough time completing their sets, let alone putting on plays to trouble the Cowboys' enthusiastic defence.

However, a slice of luck and a sideline conversion lifted the boys from Brisbane as they powered home over their northern cousins 23-6 at Dairy Farmers Stadium.

Skipper Darren Lockyer sparked the revival when a grubber kick was fumbled by Steve Southern back into his arms, the electrifying five-eighth running across field and linking with winger Leon Bott who scored in the corner.

Lockyer copped a heavy knock for his trouble, and unable to take the conversion, halfback Brett Seymour stepped up. Literally on the sideline, Seymour's kick sailed sweetly over the cross bar to level the scores, but more importantly, lift his team for a remarkable final 20 minute assault.

Lockyer boots Broncos to top of the ladder
by Chris Cox
Sunday May 8, 2005

A last minute field goal to captain, Darren Lockyer has secured the Broncos a thrilling victory over defending premiers Canterbury at Suncorp Stadium and taken his side to the top of the NRL ladder after 9 rounds.

The Broncos fought back from 16-4 down just before half time, and 28-24 down with 5 minutes remaining to score a stirring victory on the back of their inspirational skipper.

After Nate Myles crashed over with 9 minutes remaining to give the Dogs a 28-24 lead, the Broncos needed something special.

Brett Seymour provided with a neat chip kick that Bulldogs winger Matt Utai fumbled, Casey McGuire regaining possession. Four tackles later the Broncos went wide and Karmichael Hunt chimed in as the second man, sliced through a yawning gap and crashed over in the corner under the weight of three defenders.

Berrigan hat trick sinks Sea Eagles
by Chris Cox
Friday April 29, 2005

The Brisbane Broncos gave Manly a footballing lesson tonight to leap to the top of the premiership ladder with a 38-12 thrashing at Suncorp Stadium. The Broncos ran in 8 tries to 2, with centre Shaun Berrigan scoring his first hat trick in the top grade.

In a first half blitz reminiscent of that dished out to Parramatta three weeks ago, the Broncos led 30-0 at the break running in 6 tries. Manly gave an exhibition of why possession is so important, making constant errors and handing the Broncos 71% of the ball in the first half.

The result was carnage.

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