Australia

NRL great levels damning accusations

It’s official, the Brisbane Broncos have sunk to rock bottom after dropping their sixth-straight game on Saturday night.

Players were left in tears on the ground after the New Zealand Warriors pulled off the come-from-behind victory.

Kayo is your ticket to the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership. Every game of every round Live & On-Demand with no-ad breaks during play. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly >

The scenes left fans watching on in disbelief with NRL great turned Fox Sports commentator Michael Ennis saying he had “never seen this from Brisbane”.

As the losses continue to pile up, the heat on coach Anthony Seibold continues to amplify with Broncos CEO Paul White to front the media on Sunday morning leaving fans to believe his time may have run its course.

Seibold has three years, after this season, remaining on his contract, but one Broncos great has levelled scathing accusations the coach has lost the playing group.

Steve Renouf believes the time has come for the club to cut the cord with Seibold.

“I think there’s a big chance (he won’t last),” Renouf told Fox League on Saturday night.

“The reason is what I said before, you want to see a reaction out of the players. He’s obviously not getting that out of the players are the moment, and that’s a real concern.

“I know they use the term ‘losing the players’, I really think he has.

“It’s a simple game. From what I’m hearing it’s all become a bit too hard and a lot of the players are struggling with understanding what’s asked of them.”

Renouf isn’t the only club great to believe the playing group is fractured with Wally Lewis believing disharmony is rife among the players.

“The spirit between the players suggesting that a number of them aren’t real happy with the payments being given to some of the players and they’re not really performing all that well,” Lewis told 2GB Radio on The Continuous Call Team.

“Anthony Milford’s copped an absolute hammering from the general public and the media alike.

“He’s a million dollar man and they’re just saying he’s not getting too much out of it.

“The one issue that they can’t deny is there just seems to be a pretty bad mood in the club.

“That’s a real indication that something needs to be changed.

“The finger pointing has included the coach as well, I think that’s been pretty tough on him.

“If there’s an easy answer, there’s not too many people this side of the border who know what it is.”

The ugliness was on full display on Saturday night when superstar youngster Payne Haas erupted at Broncos skipper Alex Glenn after a missed tackle allowed the Warriors to score.

“Young Payne Haas now I don’t get what he was saying there and he wears his heart on his sleeve, but him and Alex Glenn and I don’t know what was said, but it looked like plenty of frustration starting to spill out,” Ennis said.

“It is concerning when it starts to filter in amongst the playing group it is a worry.

“What is concerning about it is this is a 20-year-old kid challenging a guy that has played 250-odd games for the club when realistically they are the guys that we are talking about.

“I know it is hard and we have seen the emotion tonight. They care, but they are just not performing well.”

Football news:

Willian is impressed with Arteta's desire to sign him to Arsenal, but has not yet decided where he will go
Adebayor on Ronaldo: real know what they lost by letting him go. These players appear once every 200 years
At 3 o'clock in the morning, Vasya wrote: Elvin, this is pathetic, monstrous. I am wildly disappointed. Kerimov on criticism from Utkin
Zidane is the best club coach in the world. He beat Klopp and Guardiola (L'équipe)
Manchester United presented their home form for the 2020/21 season
Kolo Toure: Van Dijk is an incredible player, but playing one - on – one is his weakness
Lewandowski on his favorite coach: Klopp. He has like two faces – for the players, he is like a father and a coach