Badel Warning Anthony Seibold sticks with battling Brisbane halves Jake Turpin and Darius Boyd

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Anthony Seibold sticks with battling Brisbane halves Jake Turpin and Darius Boyd

Peter Badel, Chris Honnery,
The Courier-Mail
38 minutes ago

Anthony Seibold has backed his under-fire halves pairing with the Broncos coach keeping faith in the Darius Boyd-Jake Turpin alliance for Friday night’s crucial showdown with Penrith.

In a dual blow for the Broncos, Queensland Origin back-rower Matt Gillett’s stint on the sidelines continues due to a back injury, while veteran utility Alex Glenn is expected to miss the clash at Suncorp Stadium with a knee complaint.

The big-name duo were only named in Brisbane’s extended 21-man squad and will be officially scratched by Seibold if they can’t train on Wednesday or Thursday. Seibold is determined to stabilise his side, with the Broncos mentor sticking solid with the 17 troops who conjured a great escape to beat the Cowboys 18-14 in Townsville last week and keep their finals hopes alive.

Turpin and Boyd are Brisbane’s makeshift halves combo. AAP Image/Glenn Hunt.

Turpin and Boyd are Brisbane’s makeshift halves combo. AAP Image/Glenn Hunt.

Seibold’s faith extends to his scrumbase, resisting the temptation to recall 18-year-old halfback Tom Dearden as he holds his nerve with the Boyd-Turpin union that has lost just once in six matches.

While Turpin has been gutsy at halfback, scoring the matchwinner in the Queensland derby, Boyd has been pilloried for going missing in attack, running just twice for seven metres in his last 160 minutes at five-eighth. Seibold described his side’s attack against the Cowboys as “frantic” and Boyd and Turpin face a daunting scrumbase assignment this Friday night when they confront Penrith duo James Maloney and Nathan Cleary. The eighth-placed Broncos can leapfrog Penrith with victory and 253-game NRL veteran Andrew McCullough is adamant the Boyd-Turpin halves pairing can steer Brisbane to the finals.

Turpin scored the winning try against North Queensland. Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images.

Turpin scored the winning try against North Queensland. Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images.

“I think they’re going really good,” McCullough said. “They’ve had six games there together so it’s a work in progress. “Overall, both bring different sets of skills. “Darius makes the calls on where they want the field position and ‘Turps’ is just an energetic footballer and is just happy to be there and he’s certainly doing his role. “At the moment, I think it’s a sign of good team culture when other blokes are happy to play different positions.” The Broncos have lost just one game in their past six matches and will face a peppy Panthers buoyed by the return of classy NSW Origin pivot Maloney.

The absence of Gillett and Glenn, who share 451 NRL games between them, are major body blows for a Broncos side craving big-match experience in the run to the playoffs.

Boyd has attracted heavy criticism for his form this year. AAP Image/Glenn Hunt.

Boyd has attracted heavy criticism for his form this year. AAP Image/Glenn Hunt.

Seibold insists Gillett’s latest injury is not career-threatening but the Maroons ace, who turned 31 on Monday, has not been seen in Broncos colours since June 29 prior to Origin III. McCullough remains confident the Broncos can qualify for the finals. “You can certainly get on a roll and if things start gelling, you start to get some confidence,” he said. “Teams get a bit nervous when you come up against a team who are starting to put a few wins together. “At this time of year, you get a lot of tight contests and some desperation in a lot of teams.”
 
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bingale16

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Great. Boyd will now do some ineffective runs now just to make the coach happy. Fckn grow some balls and tell the coach u don't want to play 6 and that it's best for the team
 

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Caption of first picture: “I used to run like that at Fullback-speed was my name said Daddy”. “Whatever old man.”
 

Maddy1to9

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It's pathetic that the coach/board doesn't want to pick players that suits the team best. This team has been crying out loud for more than 2 seasons for lack of half's in the squad. When SOS & Dearden are available, what's stopping them from being included in the team? Boyd @ 6 again? You're outta your mind. It's a disgrace that the board wanting to take this year as a write off instead of not trying and testing our talent.

When every fuckin club can get in their 18 or 19 year olds and make them learn the nutty-gritty of NRL, why not ours? They should seriously grow a pair of balls and make the decisions that must be made for the team.

Peoples fucking ego doesn't or shouldn't count when it comes to betterment of the team. Many great players when they're still performing were tapped on the shoulders and were let go. A minimum of 2 players must be tapped and let go. Preserving half's for fucking next year MUST stop and they should be brought in.

DON'T TAKE BRONCOS LOYAL'S AND FANS AS "TAKE IT FOR GRANTED". Our voices are loud and clear. Make them happen immediately.
 

Nepal Donkeys

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This whole Darius charade all season is fucking pathetic. I feel like something will be done this offseason, but it should have been done months ago.
 
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If this is not resolved by seasons end, i won't be renewing my football club membership. Resolved for me is Boyd retires or tapped on shoulder.

The whole thing is beyond a debacle and the team is being held hostage because of Boyd being captain and having two years left. White or Seibold needs to make a call quite soon. Keeping SOS and Dearden in reserve grade when they are fit won't wash for long.
 

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The win against the Cows was lucky, it was ugly and even awful.

Seibold often states he is big on effort and getting the job done.

Clearly he is making a statement to his team collectively that he is rewarding them for doing that - getting the win and getting the job done.

That in itself is most important and goes a long way in creating team moral and harmony that helps establish a winning culture.

Just what our young side needs.
 

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The win against the Cows was lucky, it was ugly and even awful.

Seibold often states he is big on effort and getting the job done.

Clearly he is making a statement to his team collectively that he is rewarding them for doing that - getting the win and getting the job done.

That in itself is most important and goes a long way in creating team moral and harmony that helps establish a winning culture.

Just what our young side needs.
So what was Boyds effort in that win? What needed to be rewarded for that. The fact he is no long sub par level 10, but now only sub par level 5?
 
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So what was Boyds effort in that win? What needed to be rewarded for that. The fact he is no long sub par level 10, but now only sub par level 5?
Obviously.
Talking team collectively.
It would be bs to demand and expect consistency from the team if he didn't show some towards the team himself. He is clearly working to a plan within a framework that Darius is a part of at the minute. I am sure that if Darius was stinking the playing group up as much as he is the media and this forum he would no longer be included.
My guess is he is trying to shield the young blokes with as much experience as he can but doesn’t have much to work with.
 

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Obviously.
Talking team collectively.
It would be bs to demand and expect consistency from the team if he didn't show some towards the team himself. He is clearly working to a plan within a framework that Darius is a part of at the minute. I am sure that if Darius was stinking the playing group up as much as he is the media and this forum he would no longer be included.
My guess is he is trying to shield the young blokes with as much experience as he can but doesn’t have much to work with.
Then becomes the issue - the players would know hes not up to the task. So carrying becomes troxic over a period of time.
 

Gaz

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Then becomes the issue - the players would know hes not up to the task. So carrying becomes troxic over a period of time.
And like the Jet he gets shifted. Not much time wasting there.
 

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Interesting to see Kearney has told Nikorima he will be used as a sub hooker when he comes back from injury because of Chanel Harris-Tevita’s form.

At least that’s one decision Seibold got right. Nothing against Kodi but sometimes I think certain players think they are more entitled and better than they actually are and should just be happy to play where the team needs them, not where they want to play. Maybe their managers are in their ears too much. The way CHT is progressing Kodi will struggle to get back into the starting halves. Will no doubt be training as a full time hooker here on in.
 

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Interesting to see Kearney has told Nikorima he will be used as a sub hooker when he comes back from injury because of Chanel Harris-Tevita’s form.

At least that’s one decision Seibold got right. Nothing against Kodi but sometimes I think certain players think they are more entitled and better than they actually are and should just be happy to play where the team needs them, not where they want to play. Maybe their managers are in their ears too much. The way CHT is progressing Kodi will struggle to get back into the starting halves. Will no doubt be training as a full time hooker here on in.
The warriors can send us Green if they need to make space in the halves for Kodi.
 

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Seibold’s faith extends to his scrumbase, resisting the temptation to recall 18-year-old halfback Tom Dearden as he holds his nerve with the Boyd-Turpin union that has lost just once in six matches.
Which was the 6th game because the stat is actually 3 from 5.

Round 17 vs Warriors - Draw
Round 18 vs Bulldogs - Win
Round 19 vs Titans - Win
Round 20 vs Storm - Loss
Round 21 vs Cowboys - Win
 

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