My picks for the Brisbane Broncos best ever team

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    After my Melbourne Storm best-ever team, I thought I would try the Brisbane Broncos as they are celebrating 30 years in the national competition.

    Over their 30-year history, the Broncos they have won six premierships from seven attempts, remain the last team to go back-to-back, and are the only team to win the Super League premiership.

    They have produced some of the best players the game has ever seen, including one immortal (more should follow) and, with long-term coach Wayne Bennett, the Broncos have always been a stickler for a quality side.

    This is who I think their best 17 are.

    1, Fullback: Darren Lockyer
    Not an easy choice to kick things off as Lockyer could have easily been picked at five-eighth, but I placed him at fullback. Simply one of the best players to ever don the jersey is the first pick for this side.

    2 and 5, Wingers: Wendell Sailor and Lote Tuquri
    Two of the best wingers the Broncos and the game have ever seen. Big Dell changed the appearance of wingers forever, while Tuquri was one of the best fast men in the game.

    They were an awesome combination that earned the Broncos the 2000 premiership. Even though both men jumped ship to rugby union, their speed and skill for the team were unmatched. It’s a pity they jumped ship, as the Broncos could have easily won more titles with thi pairing.

    3 and 4, Centres: Steve Renouf and Justin Hodges
    Simply put, it was hard to go past these two – it’s just a pity that they never played together. Try-scoring machine Renouf was the original centre for the club, with Hodges being his successor.

    Skill, strength and speed were the basis for these two producing some of the best tries the game has ever seen. Renouf’s 1992 grand final try is surely evidence of this.

    6, Five-eighth: Wally Lewis (c)
    I could’ve gone with Lockyer or Kevin Walters, but who can go past ‘The King’ – the greatest player ever in the game.

    Although Lewis was one of the few men not to win a premiership with the club, there is little doubt that without the contributions of the great man, the club would not have been as successful as it was.

    It would be difficult to leave him out of the 17.

    7, Halfback: Allan Langer
    Seriously, who else was a going to pick? The Prince of the club takes his rightful place beside his King. Langer was a tremendous player and I am yet to see any halfback since produce the talent Langer did week in and out.

    With the possible exception of Andrew Johns or Peter Sterling, pretty much the best halfback the game has ever seen.

    8 and 10, Props: Glenn Lazarus and Petero Civoniceva
    Staying consistent with my best-ever NRL team, these two players are again chosen for the upfront duties of the team.

    I was surprised to see in the Broncos’ team of the century, chosen in 2007, that they went for the combination of Shane Webcke and Petero, benching Lazarus.

    Well, as I said previously, the ‘brick with eyes’ is the first selection every time for any team and I am sticking with that. Same with Petero.

    9, Hooker: Kerrod Walters
    The best hooker the club has ever produced is an easy selection for this team. Winning the ’92 and ’93 grand finals, Walters was an important part of club’s early days, helping them become a real contender.

    He is also the longest-serving hooker at the club.

    11 and 12, Second Row: Gorden Tallis and Brad Thorn
    This combination of brute force sent the opposition into a house of horrors. The ‘raging bull’ and Thorn were a part of the 2000 premiership and dominated the duties for Queensland as well. These two powerhouses are an easy choice for this squad.

    13, Lock: Corey Parker
    Parker was a rare talent in the game, a lock forward that could perform the duties of a front rower, pass like a halfback and kick a goal. The highest points scorer for the club is a must-have inclusion for this team.

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    14: Kevin Walters

    Could not go past Walters, he is the most successful player at the club. Walters was part of five of Brisbane’s titles; ’92, ’93, ’97, ’98 as well as 2000 – where he was captain.

    If not for Wally Lewis, he would have easily been selected at five-eighth.

    15: Shane Webcke
    The perfect fill in for the go forward of the side, what more needs to be said?

    16: Tony Carroll
    Carroll was a great player for the club whether in the front or backline. As a member that won four premierships with the club (’97, ’98, ’00, ’06), it would be a pretty big injustice to leave him out.

    17: Sam Thaiday
    A Broncos favourite for the last generation and a hard to miss choice.

    Well that’s my picks for the Broncos side, do you agree? What changes would you make?

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    • May 18th 2018 @ 7:11am
      Duncan Smith said | May 18th 2018 @ 7:11am | ! Report

      An almost unbeatable team, except for your best ever Storm team who would match them.

    • May 18th 2018 @ 7:36am
      i miss the force said | May 18th 2018 @ 7:36am | ! Report

      reckon Wally played enough good games for the Broncos to warrant selection? plus Sam Thaiday is the most overrated player ever

      • May 18th 2018 @ 6:49pm
        Mushi said | May 18th 2018 @ 6:49pm | ! Report

        Yep, he was far and away their best player in 88 and also a material reason behind their existence.

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      May 18th 2018 @ 7:36am
      BigJ said | May 18th 2018 @ 7:36am | ! Report

      It would be a hell of a game between the pair but Lazarus would have to change jerseys through the game though. If that did ever happen I reckon the Storm would get them by 4

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        May 18th 2018 @ 12:52pm
        The Barry said | May 18th 2018 @ 12:52pm | ! Report

        “If that ever did happen…”

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          May 18th 2018 @ 1:03pm
          Rellum said | May 18th 2018 @ 1:03pm | ! Report

          Storm wouldn’t get close.

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            May 18th 2018 @ 1:16pm
            DingoGray said | May 18th 2018 @ 1:16pm | ! Report

            Melbourne
            1. Slater
            2. Bai
            3. Inglis
            4. Chambers
            5. Vunivalu
            6. Hill
            7. Cronk
            8. Lazarus
            9. Smith (c)
            10. J Bromwich
            11. Johnson
            12. Hoffmann
            13. Crocker

            14. Kearns
            15. K Bromwich
            16. Munster
            17. Kearney

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              May 18th 2018 @ 1:29pm
              Jason Andrews said | May 18th 2018 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

              no Josh Addo-Carr?? other than that, pretty solid team.

              • May 18th 2018 @ 8:56pm
                ken gargett said | May 18th 2018 @ 8:56pm | ! Report

                no folau?
                but i don’t think that even with him, the storm could match that broncos side.
                must say it is pretty much what i would have gone with, give or take.

            • May 18th 2018 @ 1:41pm
              Anthony Mundine said | May 18th 2018 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

              Must be a special kind of team that can afford to leave out Tawera Nikau.

              No Nikau = no 1999 premiership.

              • May 18th 2018 @ 1:42pm
                Anthony Mundine said | May 18th 2018 @ 1:42pm | ! Report

                Then again, no butter-fingered me, no 1999 Melbourne premiership either.

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                May 18th 2018 @ 2:25pm
                BigJ said | May 18th 2018 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

                I would agree nikau was an huge part of the 1999 gf win, can’t leave him out

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                May 18th 2018 @ 3:17pm
                DingoGray said | May 18th 2018 @ 3:17pm | ! Report

                I really don’t have a leg to stand on for why I left Nikau out.

              • May 18th 2018 @ 6:51pm
                Mushi said | May 18th 2018 @ 6:51pm | ! Report

                Ouch

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              May 18th 2018 @ 2:03pm
              Rellum said | May 18th 2018 @ 2:03pm | ! Report

              Wouldn’t get close.

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      May 18th 2018 @ 7:42am
      The Barry said | May 18th 2018 @ 7:42am | ! Report

      A lot of these players pick themselves.

      Wally Lewis at 6 is a dud call. If this is based on performances for the Broncos then Walters has to be 5/8. Premierships in 92, 93, 97, 98, 00.

      Steve Renouf wasn’t the original centre for the Broncos.

      I’d lean towards Webcke at prop over Petero. You can’t really go wrong with whichever two you pick out of those three.

      I’d be interested to know what Broncos fans think about Kerrod Walters. I always thought he was a bit flighty and error prone and I’m a massive fan of McCullough. Maybe it’s a question for the end of their careers as McCullough certainly can’t match Walters’ achievements at the moment but I think is in the conversation as to who’s the better player.

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        May 18th 2018 @ 7:56am
        Rellum said | May 18th 2018 @ 7:56am | ! Report

        McCullough isn’t remotely in the same league as Kerrod Walters. Walters is up there with the best hookers I have seen. Not the best but right up amongst the top 5.

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        May 18th 2018 @ 8:26am
        BA Sports said | May 18th 2018 @ 8:26am | ! Report

        Agree on Lewis. 46 games with a 67% win rate. Didn’t make the finals in 88 (though he had a reasonable year). Snuck in to the finals 89 and lost in the first week. Barely played in 90 and came back for the Prelim Final and they got rolled.

        I think Walters or Lockyer get the number 6 jersey (pending if you put Lockyer at 1). I would then find room for Johnny Plath on the bench. Not a rep player like so many Broncos, but played about 150 games and played half, 5/8, Centre, hooker and as a result played mainly off the bench. His versatility was, in my mind, crucial to the Broncos success right through the 90’s..

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          May 18th 2018 @ 8:59am
          Jason Andrews said | May 18th 2018 @ 8:59am | ! Report

          I was really debating this selection for Lewis, your stats tell the real story that Lewis was not his greatest while at the club, but I could not go past the greatest player ever, so he gets the ok.

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            May 18th 2018 @ 2:01pm
            BA Sports said | May 18th 2018 @ 2:01pm | ! Report

            The greatest player ever didn’t play for the Broncos….
            Oh you mean Wally… He’s about the 23rd best player ever… ;p

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              May 18th 2018 @ 2:27pm
              BigJ said | May 18th 2018 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

              So who are the other 22 better players?? this should be interesting

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          May 18th 2018 @ 9:20am
          Don said | May 18th 2018 @ 9:20am | ! Report

          Even starting Walters at 6, John Plath wouldn’t make a bench ahead of Shaun Berrigan or Karmichael Hunt.

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            May 18th 2018 @ 2:00pm
            BA Sports said | May 18th 2018 @ 2:00pm | ! Report

            Yeah Berrigan isn’t a bad call actually.

      • May 18th 2018 @ 8:59pm
        ken gargett said | May 18th 2018 @ 8:59pm | ! Report

        this could be the best local tiddly-winks and i would still want wally.
        has there ever been a team which could not be made better by his inclusion?
        would also be happy with mccullough ahead of walters but like quite a few spots, toss a coin.

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      May 18th 2018 @ 8:21am
      DingoGray said | May 18th 2018 @ 8:21am | ! Report

      I can’t believe Anthony Mundine doesn’t make this team 🙂

      • May 18th 2018 @ 8:38am
        Anthony Mundine said | May 18th 2018 @ 8:38am | ! Report

        Neither can I.

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          May 18th 2018 @ 8:53am
          Jason Andrews said | May 18th 2018 @ 8:53am | ! Report

          come Choc, you played like two seasons for the Broncos and won a second tier premiership with them, what makes you think that I would select you. Maybe as the towel boy or orange peeler but that would be it.

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            May 18th 2018 @ 1:31pm
            Jason Andrews said | May 18th 2018 @ 1:31pm | ! Report

            Who you going to fight next, Choc, Tsyzu or Horn? gives us the scoop so I can write an article about it

            • May 18th 2018 @ 1:42pm
              Anthony Mundine said | May 18th 2018 @ 1:42pm | ! Report

              George Foreman’s still alive, isn’t he?

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                May 18th 2018 @ 7:54pm
                Jason Andrews said | May 18th 2018 @ 7:54pm | ! Report

                Even at George’s advanced age Choc, i would have him winning by KO

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      May 18th 2018 @ 8:23am
      Rellum said | May 18th 2018 @ 8:23am | ! Report

      If I was picking

      1. Locky
      2. Carne/Hancock – I can’t split them really, Carne at his best was unreal, buthe only lasted 5 or so years.
      3. Pearl – Easy choice
      4. Hodgo – This one is very hard. Miles was fantastic in the realy years. Johns was part of the great premiership team. Smith and Hodgo also are great centres.
      5. Sailor – Lote did not play for us long enough or do so much more than the others to get a run
      6 Walters – based on what he did with the Broncs. Wally is obviously a better player but Wally started up with the Broncs as his career was declining. I don’t think his body liked the extra training loads that was suddenly asked of it in the last couple of years of his career.
      7 Alf – Best half back I have seen play.
      8 Lazarus – Best prop I have seen play
      9. Kerrod Walters – Easily the best hooker the club has had.
      10. Webcke – This is an easy choice for mine
      11. Gorden – The best.
      12. Thorn – Tough one this one The Axe was great for us for a long time. Darren Smith played here with great success. Thorn was a great player. If I was picking a team based on how I would want them to play I would pick Smith but I think Thorn earns this one.
      13. Terry Matterson – Parker played for the club longer but Matterson was a key player in the Broncs dominate years. He was another ball player and that made suck a difference.

      14. Darren Smith
      15. Gene Miles – Could play Centre, Lock, Second Row even
      16. Greg Dowling – Third best prob to play for the Broncs in my opinion. Could off load, first choice State and Test prop for 4 years I think.
      17. Petro

      • May 18th 2018 @ 7:33pm
        Rob Bertwistle said | May 18th 2018 @ 7:33pm | ! Report

        Kev Walters must play 6. How many Grand Finals did he win?
        Rellum’s team would do me.

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