Pathetic excuses won’t dig Broncos out of hole, writes Gorden Tallis
Gorden Tallis, The Courier-Mail
August 3, 2019 5:30pm
So I’m not sure why Anthony Seibold was talking about past results against the Storm in the aftermath of Friday night’s thrashing at the hands of Melbourne. “We are not the first Broncos team to lose to Melbourne by 40 points,’’ he said in the press conference before talking about somewhere “deep inside” the club needing to be better. I didn’t see Shane Webcke miss a tackle or Darren Lockyer drop a pass. They had nothing to do with it.
Brisbane need accountability to rescue their season. Picture: Bradley Kanaris
It was all about the 17 blokes in the Brisbane jerseys. They are the ones who have to be accountable. The buck starts and stops with them and their coach. Shifting blame is something that happens all over the NRL – except the top clubs. Seibold should not be trying to protect them. They got dismantled by Melbourne who pulled them from side to side then stormed straight down the middle of the field. They got a rugby league lesson.
Anthony Seibold can learn a lesson from Melbourne. Picture: Dan Peled
But it seems that guys like Petero Civoniceva, Kevvie, Alfie and I should be apologising? I can tell you that the Broncos sides I played in would have risen for the challenge on Friday night. And if we didn’t, we wouldn’t have played the blame game on past players or the club’s culture. Hopefully if Brisbane win the comp, us old boys will get some credit too. But I can’t see that happening – Brisbane winning the comp, that is. I don’t know how they come back from that loss.
They went into the game with some confidence and momentum after not losing for a month. They knew it was going to be a massive test against the Storm and they just didn’t aim up. I hope they learn from it. They saw the best in the business close up. The scary thing for the rest of the competition is that Melbourne can get a lot better. Speaking to Cam Smith after the game, he said there was still a lot of improvement left in the Storm because the team was so young. He reckons there is plenty of work to do this year if Melbourne want to win the whole thing.
It is incredible how the Storm keep losing players but still stay in title contention. It speaks to their culture which is big on accountability. You saw that when Brodie Croft got hooked when Melbourne were up 26-0. Who hooks a halfback when they are 26-0 up? A coach that holds his players to account, win, lose or draw. That’s who.
On the other hand, the Broncos were trying to share the blame with those who went before them. Maybe that’s why Melbourne is on top of the ladder and Brisbane are battling to make the top eight?