NEWS The night before losing 58-0 to the Eels, the Broncos were … at the pub


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At least six Brisbane Broncos were spotted in a popular Sydney pub the night before their history-making 58-0 loss at the hands of Parramatta on Sunday, can reveal.

Eyewitnesses confirmed Broncos players Matt Gillett, Andrew McCullough, Payne Haas, David Fifita, Corey Oates and Anthony Milford were all at Harpoon Harry’s hotel near Sydney’s Oxford Street until late on Saturday night.

The players congregated in the pub’s pokies room, where Fifita stayed playing the machines alone, after the rest of his teammates left the venue around 11pm.

David Fifita was seen playing pokies by himself late on Saturday night.

There is no suggestion any of the players were drinking alcohol, but serious questions will be asked about the club’s culture and preparation the night before the most important game of their season.

Less than 24 hours after their visit to Harpoon Harry’s, the Broncos were handed a 58-0 thrashing by the Eels, the biggest losing margin in any final since 1908.

A pub patron who sat next to Milford as he played the pokies asked him what time he was playing the next day.

“I knew the game started at 4pm but Milford turned to me and said: ‘I think it’s at six, eh’. He wasn’t taking the piss, he was dead set,” the source said.

The players involved were among the poorest performers in a team that arrived at BankWest Stadium clearly not ready to play.

Corey Oates was among the players congregated in the pokies room.

The backrow of Fifita and Gillett managed just 103 metres between them and Fifita produced two handling errors. In contrast, Eels forward Daniel Alvaro ran for 197 metres. Tepai Moeroa, who came off the bench, ran for 156 metres and scored a try.

It’s unclear whether coach Anthony Seibold was aware of his players’ nocturnal preparations, but he lambasted his team after the ‘embarrassing’ loss and promised a review of the club — which has bombed out in week one of the finals for two seasons running.

Eels embarrass Broncos

Club legends Shane Webcke, Trevor Gillmeister, Kevin Walters and Glenn Lazarus have all applied the blowtorch to the once-feared NRL powerhouse since their infamous defeat.

Gillmeister said the loss was “one of the worst I’ve ever seen,’’ Walters described it as “very humiliating,” while Lazarus said he “didn’t appreciate the lack of desire, lack of pride in the jersey” and believes coach Seibold doesn’t “take enough responsibility”.

It comes as Broncos CEO Paul White wrote a grovelling apology to the club’s members, pledging to fix things with an exhaustive review. White’s decision-making was called out by club co-founder Barry Maranta, particularly in awarding Seibold a five-year contract.

“The front office of a major franchise has a responsibility to provide a base for the coaching staff and from what I can see, the challenge is not being met at the Broncos,” Maranta said.

“I can’t imagine giving a coach a five-year deal. It’s the sort of business decision that would not have happened under our watch.

“Most businesses today would not sign a coach or CEO for five years. You have to have certain KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to earn a contract of that length.”

Reports have also emerged that Boyd’s captaincy is under threat and that he and McCullough have been told to find new clubs — while $1 million man Milford is on his last chance.

The Broncos have been contacted for comment.
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You are fucking kidding me! Doesn't matter if they weren't drunk and were behaving themselves or not, it is no way to prepare for an elimination final the next day! Unprofessional cunts! Should have known Milford would be amongst them. He should be setting an example and be ready to play the game of his life. Instead the **** is playing pokies at 11pm. The mind boggles thinking about these dickheads.

As much as I hate them, no way would you see the Storm or Chooks doing this before a final. It shows how far we have fallen behind those two teams doesn't it. Bellyache and Robinson would cut their balls off.

You can bet your life Parra weren't out on the town at 11pm playing pokies.
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what was that about culture..??? well....if that's the type of off-field leadership these guys are emanating to the young guys...

This has to be killed at the source; is it the senior players....or is it the coaching staff?

Forget Mad Monday....this is a trial


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I would not re-signing Oates and would be using this to get rid of Gillett, Macca and Milford, I hate that Haas and Fifita were there but they get a reprimand and another chance based on their performances and the fact that the fucksticks that are meant to be leaders are leading them astray.
They were hanging out with the leadership group.


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As long as they are not drinking I don't see the issue, it's not like they get up early, footy games are late.

Keep in mind they are away from Home, so unless you think they should be caged animals it's not like they can stay with their family.
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Come on Smokin Joe, what were you mentioning yesterday about the team/culture/values blah blah blah being "vastly superior" to what it was at the start of the season and previously under Bennett? Are you just another mouthpiece for the club cronies and paid to put out dribble to the fans, such as on here?

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