Alarming numbers from Brisbane’s horror start to the NRL season show why coach Anthony Seibold will be in the spotlight all week.
Sunday’s numbers showed that Brisbane had the worst start to a defensive season. The discipline in the field is the poorest in the NRL.
Their 15th place on the ladder after seven games is also the worst in a season in 13 years, as they are desperately trying to recover after five losses in a row.
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The last time they were ranked lower was in 1999 when they were the last time between rounds nine and eleven.
The 30:12 loss on Saturday evening against the Gold Coast was also a new low for the club, which was booed at half-time by the invited members.
Their sad weekend got worse on Sunday when striker Joe Ofahengaue faced a three-game ban on shoulder suits.
Brisbane’s chairman, Karl Morris, assured Seibold as coach on Sunday and promised that the club would be with him in the long run.
Seibold has only one and a half years to sign a five-year contract at the club, which was signed in late 2018 to succeed Wayne Bennett.
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But there are reasons why he already feels the heat.
The Broncos’ 209 points are the worst after seven rounds in the club’s 33-year existence.
And 170 of these points have come in the last five games since the competition was restarted.
During this time they only scored 42 points.
Ofahengaue’s indictment is now symptomatic of her season. They were the least disciplined team in the competition and received 7.7 penalties per game.
Eight players were indicted in the first seven rounds, including Corey Oates, who was fined Saturday night for abuse by referee Peter Gough.
This sum of fees is the highest of all clubs in the NRL this year. Ofahengaue’s early admission of guilt means that Broncos players have already missed nine games this year through bans on games.
This does not include the two weeks that Ofahengaue missed at the beginning of the season due to an incident outside the field.
Broncos legend Gorden Tallis said on Sunday that key young players like Payne Haas “went backwards” in 2020.
“The way they play doesn’t just seem like they are defending each other,” Tallis told Triple M.
“The team is separate.
“At some point they no longer play for each other. It’s the coach’s job to make these guys one.
“And at the moment they are not.” On Saturday evening, Seibold emphasized that he did not look over his shoulder and was worried about his job.
It happened after he contacted the Broncos Board on Friday to explain his plans for a recovery in what the Brisbane mentor dismissed as a scheduled meeting.
He also reminded the critics that his team had recovered from a 2-5 start to last season to reach the final.
“I work as hard as I can. I’ll get up and go tomorrow morning, ”he said. “I think I’m the right person to get this group through. “If the board thinks differently … then they will tell me.”