NEWS Final piece of Broncos puzzle

McHunt

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TL;DR: I AM THE DANGER!


Broncos captain Darius Boyd says the final piece of the puzzle at Red Hill is the spine combination

Chris Honnery,
The Courier-Mail
an hour ago

Broncos captain Darius Boyd admits the final piece of the puzzle for Brisbane’s power pack is their spine combination but insists their current playmakers are on the right track. After a year of criticism, the 32-year-old has taken it upon himself to improve Brisbane’s attacking woes as the club cling on for their finals lives ahead of Friday night’s penultimate pairing with Parramatta. Despite boasting one of the best forward packs in the competition and points-scoring outside backs, the Broncos’ playmakers are yet to fire.

Darius Boyd at Broncos training. Photo: Darren England/ AAP Imaging

Darius Boyd at Broncos training. Photo: Darren England/ AAP Imaging

The Broncos have fielded seven different halves combinations alone this season, while Boyd and Anthony Milford were part of the club’s million-dollar mid-year positional switch. Injuries, suspensions and positional changes have plagued Brisbane’s spine this season and has yet to find some form leading into the finals series. Boyd admitted there was still work to be done in the key playmaking positions at Red Hill but was confident the current players could get the job done in the final fortnight of regular season footy. When asked whether the Broncos’ spine combination was the final piece of the puzzle to become premiership winners, Boyd replied: “Probably, yeah”.
“Our forwards are doing a great job,” he said. “We’ve got some classy outside backs so I think the more on board we can get together as a spine, the more we can work together. “That’s up to me personally as well to make sure I’m nailing my role.

Boyd switched to five-eighth several weeks ago. AAP Image/Darren England.

Boyd switched to five-eighth several weeks ago. AAP Image/Darren England.

“I’ve got to be calling the shots and leading the team around the park and executing as well. “I think the more we can do that, we’ve got some special kids and special talent in the group that we can do some good things.”

With two years left on his contract, Boyd said he was not planning on leaving the club any time soon. “I’m just taking it year by year,” he said.

“I’m playing five-eighth at the moment and enjoying that role. It’s different. I’m learning on the run. “I need to get better and I know that but I’m enjoying it and just wanting to get better to do my job for the team.” Broncos coach Anthony Seibold last week backed his playmakers, saying the 20 points scored in their two-point loss to the Rabbitohs was enough to win most games in the NRL.

“We’ve probably had so many changes to our spine this year and some of that has been my doing too,” Seibold said. “I let some players go there or we’ve had a few injuries. “Any time you (score 20 points), that’s enough to win a game of NRL. We’ve just got to be better. “I don’t want to be critical of our playmakers. We scored enough points (on Friday night) and made enough opportunities.”
 
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rnabokov

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Dariu$$$ ought to spend every day all day watching footage of the best 5/8's play. Even then I doubt he could get to that level which requires innate positional skill he just doesn't have. Boyd may be, or may have been a classy FB or winger years ago, but 5/8 is a totally different ball game, literally and metaphorically.

Also, as posted above, Seibold saying "Any time you (score 20 points), that’s enough to win a game of NRL" is a bit disingenuous. Against who? Against Souths, yeah, they are a reasonable side with a few classy players. However, I just can't see us scoring 20 points against the Roosters, Storm Manly or Raiders the way they are playing now. Those 4 teams are on a totally different level to the Souths we played. Their D is in a different league as is their attack.

Because of our shitty spine - ineffective 6 and 9, our game plan is forced to be based on opportunistic offloading by our classy forwards rather than well rehearsed structured shapes such as those used by those top 4 teams.

The sooner Dariu$$$ retires the better so we can begin to harness the brilliance in forwards and outside backs.
 
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Jedhead

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Broncos captain Darius Boyd says the final piece of the puzzle at Red Hill is the spine combination - No shit Sherlock! At least you have recognised the spine is the problem, you just need to dig a little further to identify which parts of the spine are the biggest problem and then you'll be as enlightened as the rest of us. Wake up ffs and stop feeding us this shit. The 'year by year' bit had me in two minds whether to give up now.
 

pagey

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Broncos captain Darius Boyd says the final piece of the puzzle at Red Hill is the spine combination - No shit Sherlock! At least you have recognised the spine is the problem, you just need to dig a little further to identify which parts of the spine are the biggest problem and then you'll be as enlightened as the rest of us. Wake up ffs and stop feeding us this shit. The 'year by year' bit had me in two minds whether to give up now.
It was the journo asking the question and boyd was just replying. Either way, great report asking the same question people have been talking about the last few months.
 

McHunt

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Did you actually read the article or just the headline?
He basically did say that:

We’ve got some classy outside backs so I think the more on board we can get together as a spine, the more we can work together. “That’s up to me personally as well to make sure I’m nailing my role. "

Nailing the lid on his coffin more like it.
 
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abashii

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He basically did say that:

We’ve got some classy outside backs so I think the more on board we can get together as a spine, the more we can work together. “That’s up to me personally as well to make sure I’m nailing my role. "

Nailing the lid on his coffin more like it.
I'd read that more as him saying he has a responsibility to improve in his new position than "no worries boys now I'm here it's all good."
 
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