Maroons Bull Riders Win Third PBR Origin Title

By HARRY CLARKE

The QUEENSLAND Cowboys once again proved they are a supreme bull riding powerhouse, winning the 2022 PBR Origin Championship crown with a 424.5 point lead over New South Wales in the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

The Maroons have dominated the dirt since the series’ inception in 2019, having now won three of three PBR Origin championships.

Captain Aaron Kleier said his team “only has one goal” going into Saturday night’s final round: to defend their title for another year.

“It always feels good to ride my bulls, that’s what I aim to do every time and keep my consistency high,” said Kleier, who scored an 87.5 run at the top of St Bucking Bulls . The pet in Brisbane.

Queensland winning captain Aaron Kleier. PICTURE: PBR

“Every time we put on the Queensland shirt, the boys come in and have fun, and we have a really good team.

“The boys did a very good job in Brisbane and throughout all three events.”

Although the New South Wales team managed to claim their first-ever victory at the Origin event at Tamworth last month, their 165.5 points at the end of last night’s round were not up to Queensland, who finished the round with an impressive 590 points.

New South Wales captain Cody Heffernan said he was proud of his team’s performance and looked forward to coming back stronger next year.

“They really put in the effort tonight and we had a lot of 7-second rides,” Heffernan said.

“Creating that team bond was important this year and we will give the title another good chance next year.”

WATCH: Qynn Anderson rides Comeback Kid for 86 points

With crucial national points also on the line, youngster Qynn Andersen from Queensland finished atop the podium, collecting 416.50 points and pocketing a bonus of $20,000.

Following his strong individual finish, the 18-year-old moved up to second in the hunt for the Australian PBR Monster Energy Tour 2022 Championship title.

“It’s great to ride all these bulls, and I love riding bulls,” Andersen said.

“It’s different when you have the whole team behind you; everyone drives a little better and there is more energy.

“Put on this jersey, there is no better feeling. It’s hard to describe because it’s just incredible.

New South Wales veteran Lachlan Richardson finished second in the Origin decider, picking up 339 points, while Dittmann Bucking Bulls’ Boogers Beach King Boogers won the YETI Bull of the Event after scoring 44.5 points.

WATCH: Lachlan Richardson rides Gin n Juice for 84.5 points

PBR Australia chief executive Glen Young says the race for this year’s Australian title is now closer than ever, with the top four riders just 36.5 points apart.

“Qynn Andersen put in an impressive performance in Brisbane and now trails current number 1 Cody Heffernan by just 6.5 points in the Australian national rankings,” said Young.

“Lachlan Richardson has now moved up to No. 3 in the national rankings thanks to his performance in Brisbane, with four-time Australian PBR champion Aaron Kleier just behind him in the No. 4 spot.

“It will certainly be a fierce race for the Grand Finals of the PBR Monster Energy Tour, which takes place in Townsville in November and is the richest bullfighting event in the entire Southern Hemisphere.

“There is a $7,500 bonus up for grabs for the top driver in the series, as well as a year-end bonus of $50,000 for this year’s Australian champion.

“As anticipation grows for who will be crowned Australian PBR Monster Energy Tour 2022 champion, we look forward to seeing how the national rankings develop in the months to come.”

Qynn Anderson scores 87 points aboard “Big Buck Hunter” to make it three out of three at Origin III. PICTURE: PBR
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