After a wobbly start to 2019 Brisbane managed to string a few wins together and scrape into the eight before being unceremoniously dumped by the Eels – but things should look a lot rosier in 2020 if they can tighten up their attacking kicks.
Brisbane will be hoping marquee recruit Brodie Croft can pair with the likes of Anthony Milford, Jake Turpin and back-up halves Tom Dearden and Sean O'Sullivan when needed to repair what was a very costly lack of execution off the boot in opposition red-zones.
NRL.com Stats devised a formula that ranks every club's attacking kicking game by assigning a value to outcomes – with tries and repeat sets earning points and seven-tackle sets or conceding possession deducted points.
It found Brisbane were the only one of the 16 clubs to finish with a negative score.
Mitch Moses's boot propelled the Eels to an NRL-high 210 with the Panthers, Sharks, Tigers and Roosters all in excess of 150. Only the Bulldogs (18), Cowboys (15), Titans (12) and Broncos (-2) finished below 20.
The Broncos forced just 34 drop-outs while conceding an NRL equal-high 25 seven-tackle sets from kicks. Their 14 tries scored from kicks was the NRL's fourth-lowest tally.