NEWS Player Ratings: Savage Reality Check for Weak Broncos

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Broncos destroyed by Storm: Brisbane handed savage reality check, so how did the players rate?

Greg Davis, The Courier-Mail
August 3, 2019 10:02am

Thud! That unnerving sound you heard on Friday night was the Brisbane Broncos being brought back to earth by the ruthless and relentless Melbourne Storm.

Talk about a savage reality check.

After beating the Titans, Bulldogs, Sharks and sharing the points with the Warriors in the past four weeks, this was Brisbane’s big test. But the Broncos failed. Failed miserably. They failed so badly that if it were a school exam, their parents would have been called into the principal’s office to be quizzed about how things are at home. The table-topping Melbourne love playing at Suncorp Stadium and they love bashing up the Broncos. So it was a perfect Storm (boom-tish) that confronted Brisbane who looked several classes below the visitors.

David Fifita of the Broncos (centre) reacts after losing

David Fifita of the Broncos (centre) reacts after losing

ANTHONY MILFORD - 5
The kind of night that fullbacks have nightmares about. A few times he grabbed the ball in his own in-goal only to be surrounded by a sea of white and purple jerseys. Stood firm when a rampaging Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu tried to run over the top of him.

COREY OATES – 4
Quiet night for the Suncorp Stadium Specialist with 82 running metres and two tackle breaks. Prevented one Storm try with a desperate dive to ground the ball.

KOTONI STAGGS – 2
A horror night. Two kick-offs sailed over the deadball line. Was part of the right edge that was terrorised by Melbourne ALL NIGHT, missing four tackles and producing a few bad reads. Threw a wild pass from dummy-half that turned the ball over and led to Melbourne’s first try of the second half romp. Scored a late try but he owed the Broncos more than that.

XAVIER COATES – 4
The young fella had a very low-key night in just his third NRL game. Was probably grateful that the Storm were sending all their significant traffic down the other side of the field. Five runs for 37 metres and three tackles.

JAMAYNE ISAAKO – 4
Part of the right edge that should book a session with the team shrink. Missed a tackle on Josh Addo-Carr (not the first or the last to let The Fox get away) that led to a Melbourne try. Ran for 68 metres.

The Broncos players look dejected after a try is scored against them

The Broncos players look dejected after a try is scored against them

DARIUS BOYD – 3
Jahrome Hughes slipped past him with ease to score Melbourne’s first try of the second half. Offered virtually nothing in attack – one run for seven metres. Made 16 tackles, missed three. Had zero tacklebreaks, zero line breaks, zero linebreak assists, zero try assists. Just not enough input for a captain or a starting five-eighth.

JAKE TURPIN – 4
Kicked OK (nine kicks for 297 metres) but was not a factor with ball in hand. Melbourne sent their big forwards in his direction for the 80 metres and kept cashing in.

MATT LODGE – 6
Ran for 129 metres and made 28 tackles with four tackle breaks and two offloads. Gave away a couple of penalties and made two errors too but at least he was showing some fight and trying to provide some resistance.

ANDREW MCCULLOUGH – 4
Injured early and replaced by Segeyaro. Brisbane missed his defensive work in the middle of the ground as the Storm waltzed up the centre of the field.

PAYNE HAAS – 6
It’s strange to say a night with 151 running metres and 31 tackles was a tiny bit underwhelming but the big unit has set the bar very, very high. Not the same impact he had last week as Melbourne sent plenty of numbers at him with every hit-up.

Ryan Papenhuyzen of the Storm (centre) breaks through to score a try

Ryan Papenhuyzen of the Storm (centre) breaks through to score a try

DAVID FIFITA – 5.5
Looked reasonably dangerous in attack compared to most of his teammates with two tackle breaks in his 120 running metres. Made 15 tackles.

ALEX GLENN – 4.5
Returned to the more familiar environment of the backrow following the withdrawal of injury-magnet Matt Gillett. Did plenty of work in defence (28 tackles) and went on the odd dart (57 running metres) but relatively quiet overall.

TOM FLEGLER – 4
The big, blonde, bustling backrower had a night to forget with three hit-ups for 26 metres and 18 tackles. Not the only Broncos forward to get steamrolled. He had plenty of mates in that department.

JAMES SEGEYARO – 5
Missed a team-high five tackles but made 29 after being thrown into the action early with McCullough off the field. Made Brisbane’s solitary linebreak to set-up Staggs’ try.

JOE OFAHENGAUE – 4.5
Not the usual impact off the bench but Brisbane were going backwards under a purple tsunami as he made 72 running metres and 18 tackles

RHYS KENNEDY – 4
He and McCullough were the only Broncos to NOT miss a tackle. Just the two hit-ups and 12 tackles in limited game time.

PATRICK CARRIGAN – 4.5
Had a night out against the Titans but found the going harder against the schoolyard bullies of the NRL. Always willing with his six runs for 54 and 16 tackles.

 
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Melbourne prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona is facing a dangerous contact charge following Friday night's 40-4 demolition of Brisbane.
Asofa-Solomona has been charged with dangerous contact to the neck/head of Broncos forward Patrick Carrigan after an incident in the 55th minute of the round 20 match at Suncorp Stadium.
He will be free to play against the Rabbitohs in round 21 if he takes an early plea but risks a one-match suspension if he challenges the charge at the judiciary and is found guilty.
Www.nrl.com
 

Stu_9

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It is evident that now, more then any other time in the Brisbane Broncos NRL existence we need a genuine leader.
The decision makers ie White and Seibold need to go to market and recruit someone of experience that still has 2-3yrs left in their NRL career. Someone of the ilk of Maloney.
Not one "experienced" player that we let go of this year would have changed anything that happened last night - so to say that we have done this to ourself in letting the players go that we have this year just isn't right.
We need a Cameron Smith, a Mitch Pearce, a James Maloney, a Boyd Cordner figure at this club - to the point I would even be offering one of our young guns in return + playing them overs.

This club is an array of embarrassment at the moment. We have the biggest following, the biggest junior nursery and the most money of any NRL team, yet we looks totally incompetent and are the laughing stock of the NRL.
I think the club also needs to go hard and hire some well respected and proven recruitment officers. We cannot allow the likes of another Smith or Munster slip through the cracks, when they were originally in our own backyard.
It's also an interesting time as White is off contract at years end - I wouldn't be jumping to re-sign him. Sure he brings in the sponsors, but how long will sponsors put up with no success, that or they will not be willing to chip is as much $ as they currently do.

This club has deeper issues then the coach and the playing group.
Top down needs a good hard look.
 

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It is evident that now, more then any other time in the Brisbane Broncos NRL existence we need a genuine leader.
The decision makers ie White and Seibold need to go to market and recruit someone of experience that still has 2-3yrs left in their NRL career. Someone of the ilk of Maloney.
Not one "experienced" player that we let go of this year would have changed anything that happened last night - so to say that we have done this to ourself in letting the players go that we have this year just isn't right.
We need a Cameron Smith, a Mitch Pearce, a James Maloney, a Boyd Cordner figure at this club - to the point I would even be offering one of our young guns in return + playing them overs.

This club is an array of embarrassment at the moment. We have the biggest following, the biggest junior nursery and the most money of any NRL team, yet we looks totally incompetent and are the laughing stock of the NRL.
I think the club also needs to go hard and hire some well respected and proven recruitment officers. We cannot allow the likes of another Smith or Munster slip through the cracks, when they were originally in our own backyard.
It's also an interesting time as White is off contract at years end - I wouldn't be jumping to re-sign him. Sure he brings in the sponsors, but how long will sponsors put up with no success, that or they will not be willing to chip is as much $ as they currently do.

This club has deeper issues then the coach and the playing group.
Top down needs a good hard look.
Shit post mate.

Yea last night was not a good game in the slightest for our club.

But to be fair, we have our best hooker playing half back. We have our captain who is barely clinging to a first grade spot who is doing absolutely nothing at five eight. We have a starting hooker who can defend but is a speed bump for our attack. We currently have our most experienced back rower out with injury. We have 2 new pairings on the edges. And we have a host of injuries.

We have guys in this team like Lodge, Sege, Glenn, Fifita, Gillett, Carrigan who are all leaders. Last night I was watching Sege, Lodge and Glenn all trying to lift the young guys and they are genuinely endeavouring to get their best out of them.

Its not every week that you come up against an extremely polished Melbourne side who are coming into their own and are arguably the favourites for the premiership. Yea we played bad and we had quite a few errors that didn't help our cause but we were like lambs to the slaughter against a fired up side that were beaten last week. Regardless of what club played them last night, I couldn't see Melb playing bad.

But to then cry out that we need to clean out from top to bottom due to this game is a fucking joke. This year hasn't been great but the last 4 weeks we have actually been playing like a first grade team. I can't wait to see young guys like Dearden and SoS back into our team because I think they will make a genuine difference. They are halves who are game managers and will allow us to move the players who are out of position back to where they should be playing.

Im fucking proud of what this team has achieved over the last few weeks, yea they haven't been great sides that they're winning against but they are showing all the right signs. The players are buying into Seibold and it shows. Bring on the next 4 weeks and next year!
 

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One line break in the whole match, wow, that’s very poor.

I wonder if last night was a case of bad coaching or a case of players reverting to deeply engrained bad traits. I hope it was the latter because this side looked nothing like the offloading and attackingly minded one of the last month.
 

Sproj

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But to be fair, we have our best hooker playing half back. We have our captain who is barely clinging to a first grade spot who is doing absolutely nothing at five eight. We have a starting hooker who can defend but is a speed bump for our attack. We currently have our most experienced back rower out with injury. We have 2 new pairings on the edges. And we have a host of injuries.
So we need a new player named Darjakdrew Boy-McTurd who can play 9,6 and 7 all at the same time. Or in other words, Anthony Milford.
 

Stu_9

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Shit post mate.

Yea last night was not a good game in the slightest for our club.

But to be fair, we have our best hooker playing half back. We have our captain who is barely clinging to a first grade spot who is doing absolutely nothing at five eight. We have a starting hooker who can defend but is a speed bump for our attack. We currently have our most experienced back rower out with injury. We have 2 new pairings on the edges. And we have a host of injuries.

We have guys in this team like Lodge, Sege, Glenn, Fifita, Gillett, Carrigan who are all leaders. Last night I was watching Sege, Lodge and Glenn all trying to lift the young guys and they are genuinely endeavouring to get their best out of them.

Its not every week that you come up against an extremely polished Melbourne side who are coming into their own and are arguably the favourites for the premiership. Yea we played bad and we had quite a few errors that didn't help our cause but we were like lambs to the slaughter against a fired up side that were beaten last week. Regardless of what club played them last night, I couldn't see Melb playing bad.

But to then cry out that we need to clean out from top to bottom due to this game is a fucking joke. This year hasn't been great but the last 4 weeks we have actually been playing like a first grade team. I can't wait to see young guys like Dearden and SoS back into our team because I think they will make a genuine difference. They are halves who are game managers and will allow us to move the players who are out of position back to where they should be playing.

Im fucking proud of what this team has achieved over the last few weeks, yea they haven't been great sides that they're winning against but they are showing all the right signs. The players are buying into Seibold and it shows. Bring on the next 4 weeks and next year!
Your option and that’s fine.
We have looked good against poor opposition and that’s it. We play a decent team like Melbourne and get smacked. In fact they have smacked us for the past 10 years.
The top down needs looking at because we have not achieved anything since 2006. Any other club in the NRL would love the advantages that we have, yet we haven’t been able to convert that into anything for 13yrs.
Young team, yes.. but there is no leader. We had no one last night that could rally all the young fellas and tell them to reset. Look at someone like Maloney. He will throw an intercept, and 2mins later he has forgotten about it, and sets up a try and rallies his team. We need someone like that. Darius isn’t that, Glenn is probably our best leader, but more so through his individual plays.
 

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I'm afraid Corey Oates is slowly becoming Dane Gagai at NRL level. He hasn't put in the effort multiple times this year, whereas in the past he seemed to try a lot more.
I'll cop some flak but I'd happily see the back of him.

He's a more dope version of Ferguson without the talent with the ball in hand.

How many shocking games he has while he does absolutely fucking nothing, or worse, makes multiple errors and costs us a game while being a senior player who is also off contract and should be playing his best, it's just unacceptable.

I'd be downgrading the offer to 300k, take it or leave it.
 

Galah

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I'll cop some flak but I'd happily see the back of him.

He's a more dope version of Ferguson without the talent with the ball in hand.

How many shocking games he has while he does absolutely fucking nothing, or worse, makes multiple errors and costs us a game while being a senior player who is also off contract and should be playing his best, it's just unacceptable.

I'd be downgrading the offer to 300k, take it or leave it.
I’m with you, I’ve said it before on here his bad far outweighs his good and that’s what his next contract should reflect. If another club wants to through more money at him let him go seriously.
 

Sproj

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I suspect Corey is playing injured, he just can’t seem to run or react as well as he used to. He’s a gun but like most others in the side, is struggling at present. Keep him but don’t throw the bank at him (I mean that probably wouldn’t be a great idea anyway, break him even further).
 

Pub Steak

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Wow what a load of utter crap I'm reading everywhere. It's the same regurgitated crap for 19 years everytime we play Melbourne. Then every time we have a good game all I hear is how had the opposition were. Blah blah blah. We pretty much beat ourselves by giving the best team in the comp unlimited field position. By the time we were on the attack, we were obviously gassed. And the young fellas heads dropped. Stop panicking and let's move on to next week. Hopefully soon we can get some halves back in the 6 and 7 and figure out what to do with the captain. Oranges maybe? Water bottles? Blood towel? Left centre? Obviously.
- Merged

Everyone agree Haas was our best player on the field last night?
I'd say lodge or Milford.
 
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Hoof Hearted

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Just a few thoughts....... I reckon we have two guys who can takeover the captaincy straight away in gillo or Glenn....both can look themselves in the mirror after every game and say I tried my guts out tonight.....also the result last night should not be wasted by the coach. He now has the perfect ammunition to push Boyd out to centres where locky says he’s best position is and bring in sos or Dearden. ...... after 10 years of the same flogging from the storm in a perverse way we know the dread nsw must have felt when facing smith and co from qld and losing....and more importantly we know that dreadful feeling ended.....just like ours will...
 

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