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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Gus: 'Strange' roster call destroyed Broncos


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Former Penrith GM Phil Gould has spoken out on where the Brisbane Broncos have gone wrong this season as the power club prepares to take on the Panthers in a game that could be decisive in the battle for top eight positions.

The Broncos' uninspiring 18-14 win over the Cowboys last weekend might have injected optimism into their chances of playing finals football but Gould is far from convinced after a rollercoaster first season under the coaching of Anthony Seibold.

In fact, he identified a shock mid-season roster decision as the ignition switch for a slide into mediocrity.

The Thurston void: QLDER

After Friday night's clash with the Panthers at Suncorp Stadium, the Broncos also host South Sydney and Parramatta before travelling to Sydney to take on Canterbury in their regular-season finale.

While last weekend's victory kept the Broncos' season alive, NRL experts haven't warmed to Seibold's positional switches, with skipper Darius Boyd taking the No.6 jersey and Anthony Milford returning to the fullback position he made his name in.

The likes of ex-Broncos skipper Darren Lockyer and Immortal Andrew Johns have questioned the attacking prowess of regular fullback Boyd at five-eighth, while Seibold admitted the Broncos attack looked "frantic" against the Cowboys.

Gould agreed with their sentiments but went a step further, declaring that when the Broncos are attacking "nothing is happening with the ball".

Seibold had no problem pairing ex-fullback Boyd and regular hooker Jake Turpin in the Broncos halves ahead of their finals tilt but Gould thinks it's a bad idea.

"They've re-shuffled Turpin and Boyd to the halves and Milford to fullback and for me that's just not going to work," Gould said on Wide World of Sports podcast Six Tackles with Gus.

"I think it's a little late in his career to move him (Boyd) somewhere else and expect him to have an impact. They don't have a halfback. Turpin's a goer but he's a hooker.

" ... There's not enough happening football wise with them. I see effort and great individual talent but defensively they have weaknesses too."

Unfortunately for Boyd the stats don't lie, with the former Origin star's running game blunted by his positional switch. He ran for just one metre against the Cowboys and while Turpin's toughness and enthusiasm has been encouraging there are question marks over his ability as a primary game manager.

Gould says the current backline's underwhelming performances really became an issue when Kodi Nikorima left for the Warriors.

"At the start of the year I rated them as a top four or five contender with the roster that they had. I just haven't seen the development in their football in fact I think they've gone backwards," Gould said.

"A strange decision in letting Nikorima go when they did, certainly from a football perspective I think that has hurt them."

The Broncos let Kodi Nikorima take up a deal with the Warriors.

Fellow league legend Peter Sterling was also critical of the way Brisbane's backline has been compiled and said they looked lost when in attacking positions.

"They don't know where the ball should be going," he said on Wide World of Sports' Sterlo's Wrap.

"Tom Dearden is an 18-year-old who's played five first grade games. If they're wrong with him and O'Sullivan I'm not quite sure where the answers are the for the Brisbane Broncos.

"Darius (Boyd) is not an organiser and neither is Milford. You've got to have somebody in control of things and telling the young blokes where they need to go. At the moment it's not happening."

Brisbane have won 10 of their past 13 games against Penrith at Suncorp Stadium, including the last three.

Former Penrith GM Phil Gould has spoken out on where the Brisbane Broncos have gone wrong this season as the power club prepares to take on the Panthers in a game that could be decisive in the battle for top eight positions.

The Broncos' uninspiring 18-14 win over the Cowboys last weekend might have injected optimism into their chances of playing finals football but Gould is far from convinced after a rollercoaster first season under the coaching of Anthony Seibold.

In fact, he identified a shock mid-season roster decision as the ignition switch for a slide into mediocrity.

The Thurston void: QLDER

After Friday night's clash with the Panthers at Suncorp Stadium, the Broncos also host South Sydney and Parramatta before travelling to Sydney to take on Canterbury in their regular-season finale.

While last weekend's victory kept the Broncos' season alive, NRL experts haven't warmed to Seibold's positional switches, with skipper Darius Boyd taking the No.6 jersey and Anthony Milford returning to the fullback position he made his name in.

The likes of ex-Broncos skipper Darren Lockyer and Immortal Andrew Johns have questioned the attacking prowess of regular fullback Boyd at five-eighth, while Seibold admitted the Broncos attack looked "frantic" against the Cowboys.

Gould agreed with their sentiments but went a step further, declaring that when the Broncos are attacking "nothing is happening with the ball".

Seibold had no problem pairing ex-fullback Boyd and regular hooker Jake Turpin in the Broncos halves ahead of their finals tilt but Gould thinks it's a bad idea.

"They've re-shuffled Turpin and Boyd to the halves and Milford to fullback and for me that's just not going to work," Gould said on Wide World of Sports podcast Six Tackles with Gus.

"I think it's a little late in his career to move him (Boyd) somewhere else and expect him to have an impact. They don't have a halfback. Turpin's a goer but he's a hooker.

" ... There's not enough happening football wise with them. I see effort and great individual talent but defensively they have weaknesses too."

Unfortunately for Boyd the stats don't lie, with the former Origin star's running game blunted by his positional switch. He ran for just one metre against the Cowboys and while Turpin's toughness and enthusiasm has been encouraging there are question marks over his ability as a primary game manager.

Gould says the current backline's underwhelming performances really became an issue when Kodi Nikorima left for the Warriors.

"At the start of the year I rated them as a top four or five contender with the roster that they had. I just haven't seen the development in their football in fact I think they've gone backwards," Gould said.

"A strange decision in letting Nikorima go when they did, certainly from a football perspective I think that has hurt them."

The Broncos let Kodi Nikorima take up a deal with the Warriors.

Fellow league legend Peter Sterling was also critical of the way Brisbane's backline has been compiled and said they looked lost when in attacking positions.

"They don't know where the ball should be going," he said on Wide World of Sports' Sterlo's Wrap.

"Tom Dearden is an 18-year-old who's played five first grade games. If they're wrong with him and O'Sullivan I'm not quite sure where the answers are the for the Brisbane Broncos.

"Darius (Boyd) is not an organiser and neither is Milford. You've got to have somebody in control of things and telling the young blokes where they need to go. At the moment it's not happening."

Brisbane have won 10 of their past 13 games against Penrith at Suncorp Stadium, including the last three.

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