Having returned home for one final season after four years with Penrith, Civoniceva played his 300th career first grade game in Round 16 and in recent weeks has been lauded as one of the greatest forwards of all time as he prepares to draw the curtain on his 15-season career.
A near intercept turns into a Knights nightmare.
The attacking kick has been a mainstay of Brisbane's play this season " and they have been particularly fond of the bomb. The Broncos rank first in the NRL for mid-field bombs (44) and second for both regulation bombs (80) and cross-field kicks (71). They have also attempted more chip kicks than any other side with 28.
Broncos players were left shattered by the severity of a season-ending injury to Test winger Jharal Yow Yeh against South Sydney in Round 8. Yow Yeh suffered a compound fracture of his right ankle, with the bone not only snapping but piercing the skin in what team-mates described as a horrific sight.
No player is as adept at easing the pressure on his forwards as Justin Hodges and his powerful dummy-half running is one of Brisbane's great weapons. In fact, he has run from dummy-half more this season than any other outside back (133 times) and sits third overall behind hookers Issac Luke and Cameron Smith.
Benji Marshall gets blind-sided by a Justin Hodges shoulder.
The big question on everyone's lips this season was how Brisbane would cope without the influence of club legend Darren Lockyer. The answer is that they've had mixed results. With Corey Norman thrown into the mix, they began the season stunningly well and remained in the top four up until Round 20.
The Broncos have produced more runs (594) and more metres (4592) from dummy-half than any other side this season. Their basic game plan is a simple one " quick play-the-balls and easy metres up the middle. They rank third for both dummy-half line breaks (10) and try causes (eight). Justin Hodges (133 runs) and Andrew McCullough (122) lead the way from dummy-half for Brisbane.
A fit Justin Hodges is worth his weight in gold and that's exactly what Brisbane got this season. The Australian Test centre enjoyed his first full pre-season in a decade and the Broncos reaped the benefits as he showed all of his trademark class and aggression during Brisbane's early charge. He remains one of the NRL's most prolific dummy-half runners and is lethal in one-on-one situations.