Round 1 Lineup

GKDonkey

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This will change over time but I am thinking I'd go:

1. Isaako
2. Farnworth
3. Mann
4. Copley
5. Coates
6. Milford
7. Dearden
8. Lodge
9. Turpin
10. Carrigan (c)
11. Capewell (hehe)
12. Haas
13. Asiata

14. McCullough
15. Flegler
16. TPJ
17. Riki

Yes I am aware this won't be the side.
That bench though😍. Minus Mecca 🤣
 

Xzei

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theshed

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I just watched round 1 2020 again and Isaako actually was quite impressive. Ran hard, made some breaks, set up some breaks with nice offloads, a few good ball movements. He might go alright with a decent pre-season. I hope his ankle is alright.
 

Cult3

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I’m not happy that someone like Allan was available and we didn’t get him. But Capewell and Mann are exactly the no frills players that we need at the club. With Te’o we also have our 30 players which is worrying. Who do we lose to fit them in? And B.Smith too? I’d say Te’o, Isaako and Oates are gone before the year ends. Wouldn’t be surprised if Boyd plays again this year if Isaako gets injured early on.

I’d be happy to lose most of this team to be honest. Coates, Farnworth, Dearden, Carrigan, Flagler, Haas and Riki are the ones I’d want to keep. I’d have some faith in this team I have named, but the club would have to stop sitting on their hands to get it done. Holy shit I had to do some gymnastics to find a possible team that isn’t filled with reserve graders though.

1. Jamayne Isaako
2. Xavier Coates
3. Tesi Niu/Kotoni Staggs
4. Kurt Mann
5. Herbie Farnworth
6. Anthony Milford
7. Tom Dearden
8. Payne Haas
9. Brandon Smith
10. Patrick Carrigan
11. Tevita Pangai jr
12. Kurt Capewell
13. John Asiata

14. Jake Turpin/Cory Paix (we are going to lose one of these for Smith I imagine)
15. Tom Flegler
16. Matt Lodge
17. Jordan Riki
 

Cult3

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I’m more curious to see what people think the team will be by the final round this year
 

Kyall

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Why do people keep talking about Mann?
I'm 100% with you on this. Mann is absolutely nothing special, he has won nothing and completely over rated compared to other stars of the nrl. He most probably would want a good amount of money that we shouldnt just throw around as well.
 

BroncsFan

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I'm 100% with you on this. Mann is absolutely nothing special, he has won nothing and completely over rated compared to other stars of the nrl. He most probably would want a good amount of money that we shouldnt just throw around as well.
Why exactly would he be after good money??

He's 28 and has hardly set the rugby league world on fire, primarily because he hasn't really nailed down what position he'd play.

He's a very solid NRL player, but he's been around long enough that teams can evaluate him on what he's shown rather than trying to invest in potential.

In that respect he seems to be a $300-$350k player and would probably be happy with a 2-3yr deal. 2yr would be better for the Broncos though.

He's also from Qld and his mother had health issues last year so there's a chance he wants to come back to QLD for personal reasons more so than money.

I think that would be a good price and he's more than capable of filling our vacant and troublesome left center spot... and that would be a reasonable price for a center. Hell that's not even a bad price for a bench utility that can cover almost every position in the back line and spine
 
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pagey

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Why exactly would he be after good money??

He's 28 and has hardly set the rugby league world on fire, primarily because he hasn't really nailed down what position he'd play.

He's a very solid NRL player, but he's been around long enough that teams can evaluate him on what he's shown rather than trying to invest in potential.

In that respect he seems to be a $300-$350k player and would probably be happy with a 2-3yr deal. 2yr would be better for the Broncos though.

He's also from Qld and his mother had health issues last year so there's a chance he wants to come back to QLD for personal reasons more so than money.

I think that would be a good price and he's more than capable of filling our vacant and troublesome left center spot... and that would be a reasonable price for a center. Hell that's not even a bad price for a bench utility that can cover almost every position in the back line and spine
How bout we just leave it at 1yr like the others
 

BroncsFan

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How bout we just leave it at 1yr like the others
He's a bit better than Mead, Copley, etc. and Asiata only signed a year because he's backing himself for an upgrade 2022 onwards.

Mann is reasonably low risk at $350k for a center over 2yrs.
 

theshed

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Why exactly would he be after good money??

He's 28 and has hardly set the rugby league world on fire, primarily because he hasn't really nailed down what position he'd play.

He's a very solid NRL player, but he's been around long enough that teams can evaluate him on what he's shown rather than trying to invest in potential.

In that respect he seems to be a $300-$350k player and would probably be happy with a 2-3yr deal. 2yr would be better for the Broncos though.

He's also from Qld and his mother had health issues last year so there's a chance he wants to come back to QLD for personal reasons more so than money.

I think that would be a good price and he's more than capable of filling our vacant and troublesome left center spot... and that would be a reasonable price for a center. Hell that's not even a bad price for a bench utility that can cover almost every position in the back line and spine
Unfortunately his mother passed away last month.
 

Big Pete

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I’m more curious to see what people think the team will be by the final round this year
22. David Mead
32. Reece Walsh
11. Alex Glenn (c)
18. Richie Kennar
5. Jamayne Isaako
6. Kotoni Staggs
13. John Asiata
8. Rhys Kennedy
9. Andrew McCullough
10. Patrick Carrigan
16. Brendan Piakura
12. Corey Oates
14. Ben Te'o

17. Dunamis Lui
19. Tyson Gamble
20. Keenan Palasia
24. Isaiah Tass

Search your heart, you know it's true.
 

theshed

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22. David Mead
32. Reece Walsh
11. Alex Glenn (c)
18. Richie Kennar
5. Jamayne Isaako
6. Kotoni Staggs
13. John Asiata
8. Rhys Kennedy
9. Andrew McCullough
10. Patrick Carrigan
16. Brendan Piakura
12. Corey Oates
14. Ben Te'o

17. Dunamis Lui
19. Tyson Gamble
20. Keenan Palasia
24. Isaiah Tass

Search your heart, you know it's true.
Staggs being fit is optimistic.
Halves pairing:
19. Gamble
13. Asiata
 

Xzei

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22. David Mead
32. Reece Walsh
11. Alex Glenn (c)
18. Richie Kennar
5. Jamayne Isaako
6. Kotoni Staggs
13. John Asiata
8. Rhys Kennedy
9. Andrew McCullough
10. Patrick Carrigan
16. Brendan Piakura
12. Corey Oates
14. Ben Te'o

17. Dunamis Lui
19. Tyson Gamble
20. Keenan Palasia
24. Isaiah Tass

Search your heart, you know it's true.
Needs more karmichael hunt imo
Or has he played and been injured?
 
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Big Pete

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In all seriousness

1. Jamayne Isaako
2. Xavier Coates
3. Kotoni Staggs
4. Tesi Niu
5. Herbie Farnworth
6. Anthony Milford
7. Tom Dearden
8. Patrick Carrigan
9. Jake Turpin
10. Payne Haas
11. Tevita Pangai Jr
12. Jordan Riki
13. John Asiata

14. Cory Paix
15. Tom Flegler
16. Matt Lodge
17. Brendan Piakura

Is my best case scenario with the current squad. Obviously if the Broncos can land some astute mid-season signings that would be a nice bonus. Especially an outside back or two.

It's a relatively straight forward team, with Piakura being the only stand out choice. He's one of the Broncos brightest prospects and the selection is less about desperation and more Brisbane getting back to doing what they do best. Bringing through quality talent and making them into rep quality players. I'm going in with the idea that the Broncos are at full-strength too and the likes of Paix and Piakura have forced their way into the team.

I went back and forth on Pangai Jr. His best position is 13, but Pangai Jr + Asiata just looks better on paper. Asiata at 13 would justify Kevie's recruitment and suggest the Broncos found a crucial piece to their puzzle. Also went back and forth on Haas' partner. You could make a perfectly valid argument for Flegler and Lodge in an ideal world, I just went with Pat because he's the most balanced of the three.
 

soup

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In all seriousness

1. Jamayne Isaako
2. Xavier Coates
3. Kotoni Staggs
4. Tesi Niu
5. Herbie Farnworth
6. Anthony Milford
7. Tom Dearden
8. Patrick Carrigan
9. Jake Turpin
10. Payne Haas
11. Tevita Pangai Jr
12. Jordan Riki
13. John Asiata

14. Cory Paix
15. Tom Flegler
16. Matt Lodge
17. Brendan Piakura

Is my best case scenario with the current squad. Obviously if the Broncos can land some astute mid-season signings that would be a nice bonus. Especially an outside back or two.

It's a relatively straight forward team, with Piakura being the only stand out choice. He's one of the Broncos brightest prospects and the selection is less about desperation and more Brisbane getting back to doing what they do best. Bringing through quality talent and making them into rep quality players. I'm going in with the idea that the Broncos are at full-strength too and the likes of Paix and Piakura have forced their way into the team.

I went back and forth on Pangai Jr. His best position is 13, but Pangai Jr + Asiata just looks better on paper. Asiata at 13 would justify Kevie's recruitment and suggest the Broncos found a crucial piece to their puzzle. Also went back and forth on Haas' partner. You could make a perfectly valid argument for Flegler and Lodge in an ideal world, I just went with Pat because he's the most balanced of the three.
Expecting Oates to be injured or dropped? Personally, I’m fine with his exclusion.
 

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