NRL: Broncos stars reportedly in Sydney pub just hours before Eels thrashing

Lawrence Kim
September 20, 2019

"I don't know where they start, what they've got there at the moment isn't working".

The result was not only the biggest loss in finals history - eclipsing Newtown's 55-7 defeat of St George in 1944 - it was also the proud club's worst ever defeat, shading their 56-0 lost to Canberra in 2009.

"Sport is an emotional game and the our fans, members and sponsors have a connection to our club that is really on an emotional basis, so I get that there will be a lot of hurt out there and we are feeling it here".

Asked about his post-game message to his players, Broncos coach Anthony Seibold said: "See ya Wednesday morning", in what was a reference to their upcoming player reviews. "I'll put on it, I'm the coach of the membership so I'll receive accountability but it no doubt's also my job to fix that", Seibold acknowledged.

After taking over from Wayne Bennett less than 12 months ago, Seibold conceded his side were "a million miles away" from where he expected them to be.

"Once we have all that information at hand it will be give us a position from which to make decisions about not only next year but beyond next year". "I don't read the crap because a lot of it is crap", he said. I'm embarrassed and no doubt the gamers are embarrassed. "They'll have to take some responsibility for what they dished up today".

And it is a bad look for Gillett who had been linked to the Broncos captaincy amid speculation skipper Darius Boyd would step down following their finals shocker.

It's easy to look at the Broncos season and say that because they didn't win the Grand Final that it is and was a failure, but to do that is to neglect all the hard work and achievements that they accomplished throughout the year.

It's important that the current Broncos players and coaching staff don't sweep Sunday's loss under the carpet, they have to confront it front on and man-to-man work out what went wrong and how they fix it.

Darius Boyd of the Broncos speaks with teammates during the Second NRL Elimination Final between the Parramatta Eels and the Brisbane Broncos
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"Negative talk isn't great but I don't live in a rugby league bubble".

"They've got to knuckle down and have some real honest conversations". "I've got a great support network", Boyd said.

"Those few things get me through".

"It's disappointing because someone will probably do something silly and take their own life for mental health issues."
That might have to happen, which is very unfortunate if it does, for people to lay off on social media or mainstream media. The Eels ran harder, played smarter, kicked better, showed more desire, orchestrated more risky offensive shapes and swarmed like men possessed to choke the Broncos in their own half.

I've labored damn laborious this Three hundred and sixty five days mate, so I've tried my highest, if I'm not swish adequate. The effort was there.

Broncos coach Anthony Seibold has come under a heap of scrutiny and criticism in 2019 and he will admit that given his time again there are things that he possibly could or would have done differently throughout the year, but to call for his head is not only an overreaction it's downright ridiculous.

"I'm definitely going to play on", Boyd said.

Tom Dearden has been identified as the halfback to lead the Broncos into the future and although I believe he is, we also have to remember that he's a teenager with just five first-grade games to his name.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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