NEWS Player Ratings: Darius Boyd's Time is Up

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TL;DR: Hang 'em up, Darius


Player ratings: Darius Boyd’s time is up; Haas, Turpin shining lights

Greg Davis,
The Courier-Mail
an hour ago

The fumbling, bumbling and stumbling Broncos do not deserve to – and won’t – play finals. And that’s the cold, hard truth despite them getting out of jail with a late but lacklustre win over a Cowboys side with more casualties than an episode of “MASH” in the QLD Derby on Thursday night. Apart a bright start, Brisbane were just bloody awful. The last tackle options were terrible, the handling was abysmal. It was difficult to watch. It was bottom of the table trash. But they still managed to claim arguably the ugliest win in the club’s proud history.

Brisbane didn’t deserve victory over their derby rivals. Picture: Ian Hitchcock/Getty

Brisbane didn’t deserve victory over their derby rivals. Picture: Ian Hitchcock/Getty

If they play like that against a decent side close to full strength, they’ll get lapped. You know, like Melbourne the week before when they punished the Ponies. Brisbane have to play Penrith, Souths, Parramatta and Canterbury in the last month and pretty much need to win them all to make the top eight. You can’t see that happening, can you?
After that error-riddled mess, it’s a matter of when, not if, they get knocked out of the running. There’s been some amazing QLD Derbies in recent years – enough for a boxset of DVDs. But that eyesore will not make the final cut.

Anthony Milford splits the Cowboys. Picture: Michael Chambers, AAP

Anthony Milford splits the Cowboys. Picture: Michael Chambers, AAP

ANTHONY MILFORD – 6.5
Terrorised the Cowboys back three with those towering spiral bombs. Backed up nicely down the middle of the field for the opening try of the match when it looked like it might be a decent game of footy. One fumble deep inside his own territory but one of the better Broncos. Kicked for 270 metres but needed to take charge of the spluttering attack.

COREY OATES – 5.5
Ran for 95 metres in a relatively quiet night for the SSS (Suncorp Stadium Specialist). A couple of nice angled runs put pressure on the North Queensland defence and forced penalties.

KOTONI STAGGS - 5
Fumbled the ball from dummy-half late in the first half to put his side under immense pressure but the cooked Cowboys were unable to capitalise. Didn’t kick the ball out on the full from a kick-off like last week so that was a plus. Didn’t see a lot of action with 62 running metres and nine tackles.

Gehamat Shibasaki had a poor night. Picture: Michael Chambers/AAP

Gehamat Shibasaki had a poor night. Picture: Michael Chambers/AAP

GEHAMAT SHIBASAKI – 5.5
Had his own Phil Sigsworth-Phil Duke moment (look it up on YouTube kids) when he lost the ball in his own in-goal to hand the Cowboys their opening try. Bounced back to finish with a strong 110 running metres.

JAMAYNE ISAAKO - 6
Lovely double-pump pass to put Milford away for the first try of the night. Allowed a North Queensland bomb to bounce after a miscommunication with Milford to create all sorts of Benny Hill Show-style havoc. Ran for 142 metres.

Darius Boyd gave the Broncos nothing in attack. Picture: Getty

Darius Boyd gave the Broncos nothing in attack. Picture: Getty

DARIUS BOYD – 4
Just the one run for two metres. Touched the ball 13 times in attack – as many times as each of Brisbane’s wingers. Simply not a factor in attack. No team that wants to play finals can afford to carry a passenger in the halves. Offered no playmaking support to Turpin and Milford. Time is up.

JAKE TURPIN – 8
Fresh from signing a contract extension, proved to be the match-winner with a late try. Could have scored a second try for the night but spilled the ball as he was attempting to ground it. Collected a 40-20 in a mixed bag of a kicking game. Throw in 20 tackles and he had a very busy game with no help from his halves partner.

MATT LODGE – 6.5
Got into a running battle with serial Cowboys pest Josh “Busy Fingers” McGuire but still managed to reel off 137 running metres and 27 tackles.

ANDREW MCCULLOUGH – 6.5
Looks so much better when he has the occasional dart from dummy-half. Had three runs for a whopping 59 metres as he sliced the Cowboys open in the first half. Missed a tackle on Jake Clifford who crossed the tryline but dodged a bullet due to the stupid obstruction rule that shows no feel for the game.

Payne Haas will be the game’s premier forward in no time. Picture: Michael Chambers/AAP

Payne Haas will be the game’s premier forward in no time. Picture: Michael Chambers/AAP

PAYNE HAAS - 8
A model of consistency with 111 running metres at halftime and 222 by fulltime. Broke seven tackles and made 26 of his own. A matter of when – not if – he’s the best forward in the game.

DAVID FIFITA – 7.5
His pace, strength and footwork worried the Cowboys all night and he eventually cracked the Cowboys wide open in the second half when he shrugged off McGuire to score a brilliant individual try to help Brisbane level the scores.

TEVITA PANGAI Jnr – 7
A wild night from the bloke who destroyed the Cowboys in Round 2. A beautiful offload sparked Milford’s try and a strip on Matt Scott forced a crucial turnover. Ran for 107 metres and made 22 tackles too. Got distracted by McGuire too much and rushed out of the defensive line to open up space for Jake Clifford who scored. Dropped the ball in a play-the-ball one metre out from his own line.

JOE OFAHENGAUE – 7
Not flashy but very effective. Ran for 144 metres with two tackle breaks and 20 tackles in a typical tradesman-like performance.

David Fifita had another strong game. Picture: Ian Hitchcock/Getty

David Fifita had another strong game. Picture: Ian Hitchcock/Getty

JAMES SEGEYARO – 5
Saw no action in the first half but gave Brisbane a lift when he was injected into the game in the second half. Three darts for 32 metres and three tacklebreaks and 14 tackles.

TOM FLEGLER – 4
Spilled a straight-forward pass as soon as he got on the field with Brisbane deep in attack. Should have tried to pass to Boyd after McCullough made his slicing run. Put on report for a shoulder charge. Unhappy night but had 67 running metres and 21 tackles.

RHYS KENNEDY – 4
Kept on the bench for the first half. Had one hit-up for nine metres and made eight tackles in a cameo.

PATRICK CARRIGAN – 6.5
Ran for 72 metres and made nine tackles in the first half after being the first Bronco off the bench. Finished with 111 metres and 25 tackles. Has gone and got himself a sensible, no-nonsense haircut and produced a no-nonsense performance with punch off the bench.
 
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Tom

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Most of the time all he is doing is turning the ball back inside, and when there was space on the inside he went wide.
 

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Can we rate the coach’s performance?

Anthony Seibold - 2
He was at the stadium but likely not with the team all week, that’s the only way to explain why some position selections keep happening and the attack looked like whatever that was. I’ve defended the guy a lot but that lack of anything that resembles any sort of coaching competence last night is very alarming.
 
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McHunt

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Can we rate the coach’s performance?

Anthony Seibold - 2
He was at the stadium but likely not with the team all week, that’s the only way to explain why some position selections keep happening and the attack looked like whatever that was. I’ve defended the guy a lot but that lack of anything that resembles any sort of coaching competence last night is very alarming.
He doesn't seem to be paying any attention to attacking structure. I died a bit when I saw Macca break for the line with only Flegler in support and duff what should've been a certain try. Poor bastard didn't know what to do with the football. They've clearly never practiced the most basic one-on-one moves.

Boyd still being in the team is his legacy this season. Judge him on that alone.
 

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He doesn't seem to be paying any attention to attacking structure. I died a bit when I saw Macca break for the line with only Flegler in support and duff what should've been a certain try. Poor bastard didn't know what to do with the football. They've clearly never practiced the most basic one-on-one moves.

Boyd still being in the team is his legacy this season. Judge him on that alone.
I’ll go against the grain here, I thought Macca was really good and has been pretty good for the last month, he is clearly working hard and making it harder and harder to drop him and honestly, isn’t that what you want players to do?

I’d still have Turps at 9 in a heartbeat but I think given there are no halves available, I’d play Macca at 6 or 7 without hesitation.
 

Waynesaurus

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I’ve defended the guy a lot but that lack of anything that resembles any sort of coaching competence last night is very alarming.
Yeah his presser after the game last night was also a little concerning, he seemed pretty happy with the performance and result, even going as far to say we deserved to win.

If he honestly was happy with that then we are farkin in a lot more trouble than we think.
 

theshed

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I’ll go against the grain here, I thought Macca was really good and has been pretty good for the last month, he is clearly working hard and making it harder and harder to drop him and honestly, isn’t that what you want players to do?

I’d still have Turps at 9 in a heartbeat but I think given there are no halves available, I’d play Macca at 6 or 7 without hesitation.
Yeah Macca has been far better or the two (he and Boyd).
 

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I would have to disagree with the ratings for barnacle boyd and shiba-sucky, they were much worse.

How can boyd get a 4 for 13 touches and 1-2 metres (this varies amongst stat collectors)?

For the (very few people) who have argued that "hey cronk didnt touch the ball much in the GF" to defend boyd, simple fact is cronk was directing the side. Boyd provided no direction. I cannot understand how a 300+ game player (whether he is a halve or not) cannot implement a game plan. But he is stuck in the team, like a friggin barnacle.

No wonder we have played "bennett-ball" for the past several years, our team doesnt have the cognitive capacity to do anything else.
 

McHunt

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I’ll go against the grain here, I thought Macca was really good and has been pretty good for the last month, he is clearly working hard and making it harder and harder to drop him and honestly, isn’t that what you want players to do?

I’d still have Turps at 9 in a heartbeat but I think given there are no halves available, I’d play Macca at 6 or 7 without hesitation.
I agree: Macca almost looked like an NRL standard hooker last night. He even ran the ball a couple of times and made breaks. But he didn't compare favourably with Granville, and that's not a high benchmark. Watch how long it takes him to get the ball from the ground to the first receiver and the momentum he provides compared to any opposition hooker. Other dummy halves propel the ball in one movement. Macca needs to juggle it a bit.
 

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He doesn't seem to be paying any attention to attacking structure. I died a bit when I saw Macca break for the line with only Flegler in support and duff what should've been a certain try. Poor bastard didn't know what to do with the football. They've clearly never practiced the most basic one-on-one moves.

Boyd still being in the team is his legacy this season. Judge him on that alone.
that tends to happen when all your halves are injured
 

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Am I the only one who thought that you could argue Shiba got a smack across the chops in the stripping motion that could have been deemed high?
It looked like a high shot to me too.

Yeah his presser after the game last night was also a little concerning, he seemed pretty happy with the performance and result, even going as far to say we deserved to win.
Yep, saying that we deserved the win because our defence was better didn't make sense to me. No team deserves to win if they struggle to cross the line like we do, no matter how solid their defence. We were one forward pass call away from losing the match.

That we are managing wins at all though without Bird, Gillett, Dearden & O'Sullivan and with Boyd seemingly busted and our usual problems with Macca gives me hope that this team can come good with time and with some tough decisions being made.
 

McHunt

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that tends to happen when all your halves are injured
That sounds reasonable except it's not the reality. If we had no injuries, the only difference would be Turps would be on the bench, Segy would be dropped, and Bird in for Shiba. Boyd would still be 5/8th. Macca would be hooker. So the big change would be dropping Turps for Dearden. Yet Turpin was the only of the halves that threatened the line. He was the matchwinner.

Elsewhere, I don't think we missed Gillett and Glenn last night, do you?
- Merged

That we are managing wins at all though without Bird, Gillett, Dearden & O'Sullivan and with Boyd seemingly busted and our usual problems with Macca gives me hope that this team can come good with time and with some tough decisions being made.
Yep, but those tough decisions to drop Boyd and Macca seem like a Sunday too far away.
 
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I think Isaako had his best game of the season despite the Cows dastardly plan to heavily soak the field. There were more dropped balls than a grade 12 school boys outing to canberra's red light district. His fend on Gela -mosby left a huge flat spot on his face, his catching of bombs looked self assured ( apart from one Comms mix up with Milf) his carry backs looked far more convincing and he was rarely pushed back in fact he made one huge run towards the end when we were struggling for metres.

His double pump to Milf for the try showed good patience so all in all I thought he has shown he is getting over the tragic news of his old man and getting back to somewhere near to last year. Hopefully that means he will continue to improve.

Finally, going back to the Cows heavily doctor in the field I think the NRL should fine them for bringing the game into disrepute and causing that eyesore of a drop-a-thon that we were all forced to endure. They thought it would slow our big pack right down but all t did was make the ball as slippery as hell. Having said that, it does not fully excuse Shiba's inept performance at catching and securing a pass. FMD my eyes are still bleeding from last night.
 

Waynesaurus

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For sure they drenched that field to turn it into a slog fest. It was an embarrassing look all round for the clubs involved, the refereeing, the bunker and the NRL.
 

Stu_9

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These player ratings are so far off.
Boyd 2.0
Flegler 3.0
Shiba 2.5
Carrigan 3.5
Even then I’m prob being generous..
 

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