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Sunday, 21 April 2019

Ricky's ice-cold response to Broncos horror


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If you need a reminder of the dog-eat-dog nature of the NRL, just attend a Ricky Stuart press conference.

The Canberra Raiders coach had just condemned the Brisbane Broncos to their worst start to a season this century, a poor 1-5 under new coach Anthony Seibold.

It is a start that club legend and director Darren Lockyer admits has put serious pressure on the Broncos. Which is something that Stuart, fairly enough with a 5-1 record himself, could not care less about.

Post-match after claiming a 26-22 win, Stuart was asked: "You know the margins of this game aren't very much. Are you feeling a bit for the Broncos?"

Stuart, who lost his first four matches last season, replied: "You reckon they were feeling for me last year?"

After a wry smile and some chuckles from the media pack, Stuart was asked if Brisbane were not far off turning their fortunes around.

"That's probably a question for their coach, mate, without being rude. I'm not really too concerned about the Broncos," he said.

Seibold believes his side are "a shandy away" from better times. He pointed out that the Broncos have been competitive in most games while fielding a very young team, having farewelled internationals Josh McGuire, Sam Thaiday and Jordan Kahu for 2019.

They also, of course, farewelled seven-time premiership-winning coach Wayne Bennett, pushing him out with a year remaining on his contract to bring in one-season head coach Seibold.

NRL Highlights: Raiders v Broncos - Round 6

Lockyer told Wide World of Sports (on Sunday before the Canberra game) that he remained confident in the team bouncing back, and felt there had been a slight overreaction to their performances so far. But he also conceded that a 1-5 start meant serious pressure to improve.

"They're not far away. I'm optimistic they'll get it going," Lockyer said.

"I think there has been a bit of an overreaction, but it will be on again next week if they don't get the two points [in Canberra], because they'll be one from six. Then the heat does start to come into the joint.

"It's an early test for 'Seibs', because that was always going to be one of the critical components to taking on the job: how you handle the pressure of the expectation of the Broncos."

If you need a reminder of the dog-eat-dog nature of the NRL, just attend a Ricky Stuart press conference.

The Canberra Raiders coach had just condemned the Brisbane Broncos to their worst start to a season this century, a poor 1-5 under new coach Anthony Seibold.

It is a start that club legend and director Darren Lockyer admits has put serious pressure on the Broncos. Which is something that Stuart, fairly enough with a 5-1 record himself, could not care less about.

Post-match after claiming a 26-22 win, Stuart was asked: "You know the margins of this game aren't very much. Are you feeling a bit for the Broncos?"

Stuart, who lost his first four matches last season, replied: "You reckon they were feeling for me last year?"

After a wry smile and some chuckles from the media pack, Stuart was asked if Brisbane were not far off turning their fortunes around.

"That's probably a question for their coach, mate, without being rude. I'm not really too concerned about the Broncos," he said.

Seibold believes his side are "a shandy away" from better times. He pointed out that the Broncos have been competitive in most games while fielding a very young team, having farewelled internationals Josh McGuire, Sam Thaiday and Jordan Kahu for 2019.

They also, of course, farewelled seven-time premiership-winning coach Wayne Bennett, pushing him out with a year remaining on his contract to bring in one-season head coach Seibold.

NRL Highlights: Raiders v Broncos - Round 6

Lockyer told Wide World of Sports (on Sunday before the Canberra game) that he remained confident in the team bouncing back, and felt there had been a slight overreaction to their performances so far. But he also conceded that a 1-5 start meant serious pressure to improve.

"They're not far away. I'm optimistic they'll get it going," Lockyer said.

"I think there has been a bit of an overreaction, but it will be on again next week if they don't get the two points [in Canberra], because they'll be one from six. Then the heat does start to come into the joint.

"It's an early test for 'Seibs', because that was always going to be one of the critical components to taking on the job: how you handle the pressure of the expectation of the Broncos."

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