After giving the Roosters unfettered access to their tryline during a record defeat on Thursday night, the Broncos players reportedly weren’t as accommodating to the media.
Brisbane’s players were so embarrassed after a 59-0 humiliation coach Anthony Seibold said they couldn’t look at their teammates in the eye.
They also chose not to face the press pack, despite being obligated to do so under NRL guidelines.
It was the final act of softness in a night full of them.
Seibold described the match as “men against boys” as his side managed to quickly trump a 58-0 finals loss to Parramatta last year.
But he was quick to note the amount of talent Brisbane currently has sidelined, including Jake Turpin (leg fracture), Alex Glenn (leg,) David Fifita (knee), Tevita Pangai (suspension) and Jack Bird (knee).
“With almost $4 million worth of salary cap out I thought it was the best side we could come up with,” Seibold said.
“We have come out of Covid and haven’t fired a shot. Can we turn it around in a week – I am not sure.
“The scoreboard and the performance was totally unacceptable. I believe in the group but their journey – I just didn’t think it would be so bumpy.”
Asked if the team was “buying into his message”, Seibold said: “Let’s get our strongest team on the park and if we come up with a performance like that then I would have to ask the question – can they do what I want them to do?”
Seibold even used the Roosters as an example of how quickly his club could regain powerhouse status.
“It’s quite interesting. I think back to 2016 they finished 15th and there was one game I remember watching and they got beaten 46-0 by Melbourne,” he said.
“I remember them talking about having seven players with under 40 games (experience) on that day.
“We had 10 players under 30 and two making their debut (Corey Paix, Tesi Niu on Thursday).
“I take some lessons about what they have done over the last couple of years since a pretty dark time – but we are in that furnace at the moment.”
But countless NRL commentators and former greats weren’t in a mood to be forgiving.
Paul Vautin was particularly ruthless, saying the Broncos had embarrassed the city of Brisbane.
“I don’t know where they go, I really don’t,” Vautin said.
“When they got beaten 58-0 by Parramatta, I remember I said it looks to me like they’re not listening to the coach, or if the coach is talking, they’re not listening.
“In defence all they’re doing is ball watching, they’ve all got their eyes on the ball and their player has gone past them. I don’t know if that’s what they’re teaching in defence out there, but it was horrendous.
“The Broncos tonight were diabolic, that was a training gallop for the Roosters. It was embarrassing for the club and the city; the Broncos fans will not be happy … pathetic is what I’m saying.”