Well, what a weekend of rugby league. A couple of upsets to keep us on our toes and a couple of teams that are dead set on life support.
I have lived my life as a passionate Broncos fan, but they’re losing me. I grew up with names like Langer, Tallis, Webcke and Lockyer. It was a golden era for the Broncos, but I bet those legendary names are appalled by what they’re seeing at the moment, in fact, big Gordie Tallis has been fairly vocal in his criticism of the club.
Yes, okay, we lost Jack Bird, a big chunk of your salary cap sitting on the sidelines and yes, Dave Fifita has been out, but the scenes that we all bared witness to post the Saturday loss to the Titans were not good. Hugging, smiling, kissing their friends from the Titans as if they’d won by 20. Yes, life is bigger than Rugby League and you should be able to catch up with old friends and have a laugh, I get that, but it was pretty clear to me and obviously many others that the boys just don’t give a shit at the moment. Coach Seibold’s post-match press conference wasn’t much better. Understandably, he was frustrated, but even he didn’t give us much hope that he was the man to take the Broncos forward, he’s looking over his shoulder, there’s no doubt about that whatsoever. 5 losses in a row and some of the worst attack you’ll see from a professional outfit. Milford remains at 6, but surely it’s time to get him back in a position where he isn’t restricted by structure and can just play more instinctively? Surely.
Anyways, I am trying to fight back tears as I look to the other games from Round 7, I feel like a young girl who has been stood up on prom night.
What about the Panthers, might have got that wrong, they could be the real deal in 2020. I thought the Rabbitohs might have rolled them, and to be fair, they probably did well not to lose by more. Panthers on the way up, whilst the Storm absolutely destroyed the poor old Warriors. Crikey, 50-6, I feel for the boys from NZ, they’ve been asked to do a lot and I am going to keep cheering for them, but that was ugly.
The Roosters took care of the Dragons, predictably, but what about the injuries. Two ACL’s and some unwanted headaches for the premiership favourites. Crowd favourite Victor Radley gone for the year, I can’t see it stopping the Roosters from continuing to dominate the competition, I just can’t see who beats them.
What about the Cowboys? The week prior they’d played a first half against the Tigers that was an absolute horror show, then they come out and absolutely carve up the Knights, particularly through the middle of the ruck. Jason Taumalolo with just shy of 300 running metres was enormous and the whilst Knights rallied well, it ultimately was a bridge too far. Next week, the Knights take on the Sea Eagles who were flat against the Sharks, the toll from the week before in their extraordinary win against the Raiders had clearly taken it out of them, allowing the Sharks to score 40 points and win with a leg in the air.
The Tigers beat the poor old Bulldogs. Jeez, Dean Pay is in strife. Whilst the match of the round was clearly the Saturday night golden point belter between the Eels and Raiders. Two top 4 teams I feel right there, albeit the Raiders have lost two on the trot and face a tough run in coming weeks. This match was quality, Clint Gurtherson’s field goal to seal the win for the Eels was never going to miss, Parra flying high at the top of the table.
Back to the Broncos, I don’t know what the solution is, if Seibold goes, who do they replace him with? Kevvie Walters has re-signed with the Maroons so that probably rules him out I suppose, so what do they do? Nathan Brown, Geoff Toovey or someone through the local ranks? Perhaps we play the long game and get Craig Bellamy to Red Hill, put an assistant in charge this year and roll out the red carpet for Bellyache when he's ready.
One thing is for sure, Wayne Bennett would be laughing, oh he’d be laughing.