NEWS Boyd relishing "winning feeling" at five-eighth

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TL;DR: He's lost that loser feeling.


Boyd relishing 'winning feeling' at five-eighth

Joel Gould
NRL.com
Tue 20 Aug 2019, 08:01 AM

Personal statistics don’t really concern Broncos five-eighth and captain Darius Boyd. Winning does. Which is why he is happy overall with how he is performing in his new role in the number six jersey despite all the criticism he has copped in recent weeks. In the last six weeks the Broncos have lost one game - to competition leaders Melbourne - with Boyd in the starting six jersey. "We have been winning and that is the main thing. We have been successful," Boyd said ahead of the clash with the Rabbitohs on Friday night. "I am a team player and there were some things said about me not having enough runs the other week but at the end of the day if we are winning that is all that matters. I am not going to have three or four hit-ups just to get the stats on the board. As long as we are winning, Seibs is happy and we are getting better that is the main thing. We need to keep getting better and I need to keep getting better."

Boyd said he appreciated coach Anthony Seibold going into bat for him last week after he copped heat for making just one run against Melbourne in the 40-4 loss in round 21. Boyd once absorbed everything that was said and written about him but no longer does. He said he "didn’t even know there were critics" until informed about his coach’s remarks by a Brisbane official. "If you live in the rugby league bubble you probably get bogged down by that stuff and I am very grateful to Seibs for sticking up for me, but I don’t read that stuff. I don’t listen to it," he said. "There is more to life than rugby league and I have learned that. I have been through harder times than a few critics here and there."

Boyd had not played five-eighth in the NRL until this year and said he was embracing his game manager role in the new position. "It am enjoying that side of it. It is about finding my role within the group more and making sure I am leading the team around the park and getting us to the right spots," he said. “It is different [to fullback] but the game plan we play helps me a lot. I play basically like a second fullback so I am out the back of shape in my normal role with three on two, holding short sides and that type of stuff which I would do at fullback anyway. "I would do it on the left and right [at fullback] whereas now I just do it on the left. There is not a lot of change. I defend in the front line and I have always like defending and talking in defence. I think I do a good job at that and making sure my four and two [defenders] are all working together."

Boyd will line up alongside Sean O’Sullivan in the halves against South Sydney with Jake Turpin suspended for two weeks for dangerous contact in the 24-12 win over the Panthers. The Broncos will attempt to get a downgrade at the NRL judiciary for Tevita Pangai Jnr after he received a grade two dangerous contact charge for a tackle on James Maloney.

Pangai will still miss a week if successful but the Broncos will welcome back veteran Matt Gillett from a back injury after he trained strongly on Monday for Brisbane. "He is just a calm head out there and a leader amongst the group. His defence is what can win games for you and keep the ruck solid, and he helps his edges as well,” Boyd said. "With him and Sean O’Sullivan coming back he will really shore up that right edge. Tevita has been playing some great footy there but when you are out of sight, out of mind you can forget what some people can do, and Gillo is a big part of this team."
 

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I thought he did his part on Saturday. Nothing special but he did what he needed to. He also made some very good tackles when it looked like a break was on. He has given plenty of ammunition for his critics this year but whilst not spectacular, Saturday was a step in the right direction.
 

McHunt

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I thought he did his part on Saturday. Nothing special but he did what he needed to. He also made some very good tackles when it looked like a break was on. He has given plenty of ammunition for his critics this year but whilst not spectacular, Saturday was a step in the right direction.
The job of a five-eighth is to make the opposition fans shit their pants every time he gets his hands on the ball. The problem with Darius is his own team's fans are the ones shitting their pants.

Actually, that's not really fair. I barely notice his impact in attack.
 
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Why is everyone so bitter that hes getting drilled? Im yet to see any part of his game at 6 that warrants him to actually be a viable long term candidate. Hes effectively babysitting the position.
 

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There’s an article on courier mail regarding a clause in his contract, can anyone share it? Thanks
I'll post it shortly ... but the jist of it is that Boyd must play 15 games next season to be eligible to take up his option for 2021 ... should he fail to play 15 games for any reason then the club can decide to jettison him (even though he has an option in his favor for 2021)
 

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I'll post it shortly ... but the jist of it is that Boyd must play 15 games next season to be eligible to take up his option for 2021 ... should he fail to play 15 games for any reason then the club can decide to jettison him (even though he has an option in his favor for 2021)
Going to be a sad state of affairs when Boyd hits 14 games and then conveniently finds himself left off the first grade team sheet for Round 15.
 
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