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Thursday, 2 May 2019

'Broncos don’t know how to win tough'


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Slated ahead of the season as a premiership-winning combination, the Broncos youthful pack has ultimately become their Achilles heel, claims NRL great Paul vautin.

The Broncos unravelled for the sixth time this season, this time at the hand of former long-time coach Wayne Bennett in a 32-point drubbing to the Rabbitohs on Thursday night.

While toppling the NRL flyers was always going to be a tall order, it was another listless performance by the Broncos that had fans scratching their heads over the one-time NRL powerhouses.

Prodigious talents Tevita Pangai Junior, David Fifita and Payne Haas, were all pundits could talk about ahead of the season, but Paul Vautin proved that youth does not always trump experience.

Fifita and Haas

“Most of us did[tipped the Broncos as premiership favourites]. It was on the back of all these young forwards. Your Pangais, your Fifitas – everyone was saying ‘look at these blokes’,” Vautin told Macca’s Thursday Night Footy.

“But the thing we all forget is, they’re so young. They’re 20,21,22 – they’ve got a lot to learn about playing first grade rugby league and you can’t learn it in the first eight weeks.”

Melbourne Storm legend Billy Slater backed Vautin’s call and stressed the Broncos were desperately in need of an experienced voice to marshall their young troops as he all but closed the door on a finals berth.

“When you’re young you lack consistency,” Slater said.

Tevita Pangai Junior

“We saw in round 2 they were brilliant, we saw last week they were brilliant, but it’s the consistency part of the game.

“The NRL is a tough competition. You need some experience in and around you, they’re just lacking that experience in the pack at the moment.

“No I don’t think[they’ll make finals]. I look at the way they’re playing, they’re effort is there but they’re just not playing together.”

Lack of resilience has been an issue for the Broncos since Seibold assumed the reins.

Anthony Seibold

Two wins from eight is testament to that, a fact NRL great Johnathan Thurston identified as a lack of awareness in the crucial moments.

“The broncos don’t know how to win tough,” he said.

“When the going is good they’re great…on the front foot they’re playing well but when they’re making a couple errors they just don’t have that tough mentality when they have to bite down on their mouth guard and defend the line.”

That sentiment was echoed by NRL Immoirtal Andrew Johns.

Darius Boyd of the Broncos

“They just lay down. When it gets too hard there’s just no fight in them.

“It’s hard to believe that a one team town like Brisbane, they’re the only club that only makes huge profit. They’ve got so many kids on scholarship, but somethings not happening up there.

“You look at the team on paper and everyone tipped them, I tipped them to win the competition this year but they’re not going a yard.”

The Broncos will have their work cut out for them when they clash with Des Hasler’s invigorated Sea Eagles next Friday.

Slated ahead of the season as a premiership-winning combination, the Broncos youthful pack has ultimately become their Achilles heel, claims NRL great Paul vautin.

The Broncos unravelled for the sixth time this season, this time at the hand of former long-time coach Wayne Bennett in a 32-point drubbing to the Rabbitohs on Thursday night.

While toppling the NRL flyers was always going to be a tall order, it was another listless performance by the Broncos that had fans scratching their heads over the one-time NRL powerhouses.

Prodigious talents Tevita Pangai Junior, David Fifita and Payne Haas, were all pundits could talk about ahead of the season, but Paul Vautin proved that youth does not always trump experience.

Fifita and Haas

“Most of us did[tipped the Broncos as premiership favourites]. It was on the back of all these young forwards. Your Pangais, your Fifitas – everyone was saying ‘look at these blokes’,” Vautin told Macca’s Thursday Night Footy.

“But the thing we all forget is, they’re so young. They’re 20,21,22 – they’ve got a lot to learn about playing first grade rugby league and you can’t learn it in the first eight weeks.”

Melbourne Storm legend Billy Slater backed Vautin’s call and stressed the Broncos were desperately in need of an experienced voice to marshall their young troops as he all but closed the door on a finals berth.

“When you’re young you lack consistency,” Slater said.

Tevita Pangai Junior

“We saw in round 2 they were brilliant, we saw last week they were brilliant, but it’s the consistency part of the game.

“The NRL is a tough competition. You need some experience in and around you, they’re just lacking that experience in the pack at the moment.

“No I don’t think[they’ll make finals]. I look at the way they’re playing, they’re effort is there but they’re just not playing together.”

Lack of resilience has been an issue for the Broncos since Seibold assumed the reins.

Anthony Seibold

Two wins from eight is testament to that, a fact NRL great Johnathan Thurston identified as a lack of awareness in the crucial moments.

“The broncos don’t know how to win tough,” he said.

“When the going is good they’re great…on the front foot they’re playing well but when they’re making a couple errors they just don’t have that tough mentality when they have to bite down on their mouth guard and defend the line.”

That sentiment was echoed by NRL Immoirtal Andrew Johns.

Darius Boyd of the Broncos

“They just lay down. When it gets too hard there’s just no fight in them.

“It’s hard to believe that a one team town like Brisbane, they’re the only club that only makes huge profit. They’ve got so many kids on scholarship, but somethings not happening up there.

“You look at the team on paper and everyone tipped them, I tipped them to win the competition this year but they’re not going a yard.”

The Broncos will have their work cut out for them when they clash with Des Hasler’s invigorated Sea Eagles next Friday.

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