NEWS Boyd’s Brutally Honest Assessment of Hellish Season

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I mark myself hard’: Darius Boyd’s revealing self-assessment of maligned season
July 03, 2019
Besieged Broncos skipper Darius Boyd has opened about up his tumultuous season, admitting “I need to be better” and dismissing suggestions he has lost the desire to compete in the NRL. Few players have endured the brickbats Boyd has consistently copped this season as the Brisbane captain prepares to lead the Baby Broncos into battle against the Sharks on Sunday at Sydney’s PointsBet Stadium.

Queensland Origin legend Paul Vautin has labelled his defence “abysmal”. NSW Origin coach Brad Fittler claims Boyd’s mind isn’t on football. Former NSW hooker Michael Ennis believes Boyd has simply fallen out of love with the game and no longer has the desire to mix it with the best.

The savage criticism reached its crescendo in the wake of Brisbane’s 26-12 loss to the Knights last Saturday night, when Boyd was trampled by Jesse Ramien on the way to Newcastle’s match-sealing try.


Darius Boyd has copped plenty of criticism this year. Picture: AAP

Boyd’s performance – in his first ever game at five-eighth after being switched with Anthony Milford – has sparked speculation he is one more poor game away from being dropped to the Intrust Super Cup. Such a scenario seemed unfathomable when Boyd helped Brisbane to the 2015 NRL grand final, but ahead of the Sharks clash, the Broncos’ most accomplished current player is candid about his form.

“I’m not going to blame others, I’ll put my hand up for my situation,” Boyd told The Courier-Mail. “I was disappointed for a few days after the Knights game. I felt I let the team down and the boys down, so I need to make amends this week.


Jesse Ramien runs over Darius Boyd. Picture: Getty

“I’m always filthy at myself when I don’t play well. If I drop a bomb, or miss a tackle, I mark myself hard.“I’m always trying to be the best I can. It (his form) is even more disappointing when we have a really young group. I’m the captain. I’m one of the older and more experienced guys and I’m making mistakes like that (his missed tackle on Ramien).

“At the end of the day, I can’t change what happened. I will have a look at the video and why I missed the tackle and I’ll be practising this week to improve and make sure I’m better all round.” Boyd’s frustration is amplified by a portfolio that stamps him as one of the most successful players of his generation.


Former players have questioned if Boyd has the desire to play the game anymore. Picture: AAP

In May, he became just the 35th player in the code’s 111-year history to reach 300 first grade games. He has won two premierships, a Clive Churchill Medal, played 28 Origin matches for Queensland, and 23 Tests for Australia. But this season, his 14th in the NRL, Boyd has lost his mojo. He has missed 26 tackles, more than any fullback in the game, and is averaging 94 running metres, way behind his No.1 rivals James Tedesco (171m), Tom Trbojevic (164m) and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (167). Desperate to spark the Broncos and his skipper, coach Anthony Seibold last week moved Boyd to five-eighth. He returns to fullback this week following a knee injury to Milford.


Boyd, who turns 32 in a fortnight, is contracted to Brisbane until the end of 2021. There have been calls for him to retire now, but Boyd says he will not make a kneejerk decision on his future. “I know there is stuff out there about me. I don’t read anything,” he says. “All I can do is talk to ‘Seibs’ (Seibold) and have some honest conversations with him about the team and where we are headed and my performances. All I can do is work on my own form.


“The outside noise doesn’t faze me because I know a lot of it is to create hype and make stories and that’s the media’s role. I understand the media has a job to do and they have to sometimes dramatise some issues and there is a lot of content on a lot of shows. “I don’t read it. I don’t think about it. I respect people have opinions. That’s fine. “But all I care about is what happens internally and what is said in-house.

All I have to worry about here is what the coaching staff want me to do and how I can get better for the team. “At the end of the day, I will back my ability. I haven’t had my best year this year. I accept that. I need to be better. I’m still training hard. I’m still hungry.


Darius Boyd wants to guide his young team on and off the field. Picture: AAP
“When it comes to retirement, I’m not going to make any rash decisions. I’ve had some good games this year, I’ve had some poor games this year. “I’m not happy about my form but all I can do is keep working hard and help this team get back to where it needs to get to. “I need to teach the young guys at our club about experience and leadership, and qualities that make you a successful football player for a long period of time. “I have achieved a fair few things in the game, so I feel I can help them on and off the field.”


While Boyd accepts NRL players will be criticised, he believes some critiques are over the top. “We are in a privileged position, but we are still human beings and mental health is a consideration, especially for the younger players in the game,” he said. “I just hope the media remember we are talking about a game of rugby league. It’s not life and death.


Darius Boyd is well behind the best fullbacks in the game. Picture: AAP
“We are just human beings doing our best every week. Sometimes we don’t get it right. We aren’t perfect. “Whether we get paid $10 million or 10 cents, it doesn’t matter, we’re just doing our best and harsh, personal criticism shouldn’t come from it. “Any time I don’t play well or any time I make an error, I know I am going to be spoken about because of the way we are going as a team.

“Whenever the team loses, every performance is pulled apart and because I am captain, they will look at me and the highest-paid players in the team. I don’t lose sleep over that because that’s the reality. “I’m all for constructive criticism and the fans deserve to hear analysis of the game, but some of the things said about me and other players go too far and is not good for players’ wellbeing.”

Source: The Courier Mail

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OMG! You're totally on a different planet you moron........
1. First and foremost, it's notjust a game of Rugby League to you. Ffs, it's your livelihood. If you suck at it, daddy's not around to save you anymore.
2. Agree that you're a human being but are you giving your 100% to the team? You're fucking kidding yourself if you believe so.
3. You won't make any decisions when it comes to retirement? Again, who the **** asked you to make a rash decision? Deadest, no one wants you near the team you twat.
4. It's a disgrace that board is coming to your rescue(presumably) and forcing the coach to not touch you. If not for them, you would've been stripped off the captaincy dropped long ago.
5. In the 15 games so far this season, do you know how many L's you've contributed to? Most of them you idiot.
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I could go on & on with my ranting but what's the use you've a very very thicker skin than I thought. It appears that all our misery is falling into deaf years. Save whatever pride that's left for you and **** off in retirement today.
 
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Galah

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This guy is going to ruin our prospects with his attitude, he needed to be sacked yesterday. Imagine saying “it’s just a job”at your workplace when you’re underperforming so fucking badly..... yeah **** it is and you’re fired.
 

Rookie Alan

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“I just hope the media remember we are talking about a game of rugby league. It’s not life and death.
Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that.

This is why rugby league is never ever going to be that successful, its own professional players don’t fucking rate it at all.
 

Huge

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This guys is in some form clinical physiological denial mode.
Not sure why you'd say that. He said he had some bad games and some good games. Factually correct . What exactly is he in denial about?
 

ostin86

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Not sure why you'd say that. He said he had some bad games and some good games. Factually correct . What exactly is he in denial about?
He has previously stated that he thought his form had been good.

And I can only recall 1-2 good games he has had this year.
 

Maddy1to9

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Holy formatting
Yeah, first time initiated a new thread mate (only contributed to threads until now). So, couldn't be bothered about formatting as I am very much pissed off about what's in the stupid article about the moron we so wanted to see the back of.
 
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Old Mate

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All good, I don’t want the broncos to win anymore games. I’d say we’d be much better off keeping Barba then Boyd. Geez Louise.
 

theshed

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Why are our customers calling and saying you didn’t deliver the pizza?

Mate, it’s only dominoes. It’s not life and death.

Who didn’t check the i.d of that 16 year old you just served a beer?

It’s just liquor laws mate, it’s not life and death.

Why is our company filing for bankruptcy?

Mate it’s only accounting, it’s not life or death.
 

Dazza 92

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must be part of his coping mechanism.....and if so fair enough....but clear to me the decisions about his future cannot lay in his hands if that's the case...

Paul White and Siebold need to grow a pair soon and properly deal with this for the benefit of the club..
 

LGH

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There's so much denial in what he says that I think his new nickname should be 'Cleopatra'.

Jesus, what a tool. The most successful sporting club in Australia (although that's surely arguable at this point) has a captain who thinks he's playing ok, doesn't need to retire, and his job isn't that important, so everyone should just chill, even though he's actually playing like a busted ass, pea hearted git, and while it's not brain surgery, it IS important to a great many people.

That'll do me. I'm seriously contemplating asking for a refund on the membership I purchased this year.
 

Jedhead

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There's so much denial in what he says that I think his new nickname should be 'Cleopatra'.

Jesus, what a tool. The most successful sporting club in Australia (although that's surely arguable at this point) has a captain who thinks he's playing ok, doesn't need to retire, and his job isn't that important, so everyone should just chill, even though he's actually playing like a busted ass, pea hearted git, and while it's not brain surgery, it IS important to a great many people.

That'll do me. I'm seriously contemplating asking for a refund on the membership I purchased this year.
Mate I don't whether to laugh at your stupidity or applaud your optimism. Anyone who bought a season ticket knowing Mr Bean, Macca and Knik were making up 3/4 of our spine is a serious supporter though.
 

pagey

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Some people need to get of their high horses and suck it up. Most successful sports club in Australia??? Yeah ok.
It is just footy you have ups and downs that's fact, time to get real people.
 

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