Warriors star in sporting gesture as Broncos shed tears at sixth successive NRL defeat


Warriors forward Adam Blair (R) consoles tearful Brisbane Broncos captain Alex Glenn after the Queensland club's sixth consecutive NRL defeat.

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Warriors forward Adam Blair (R) consoles tearful Brisbane Broncos captain Alex Glenn after the Queensland club’s sixth consecutive NRL defeat.

Warriors veteran Adam Blair has been hailed for a sporting act in consoling tearful Brisbane Broncos skipper Alex Glenn after the Queensland club’s sixth consecutive NRL defeat.

The Warriors stormed back from a 10-0 deficit to beat the Broncos 26-16 in Gosford on Saturday night, leading Glenn sobbing after the final whistle.

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Blair, who spent three years with the Broncos before joining the Warriors in 2018, was pictured on camera with an arm around Glenn, his former Brisbane and Kiwis teammate.

His act prompted the NRL to post a picture on social media, captioned: “Brothers’’. The post attracted a lot of support, with people praising Blair for his sportsmanship.

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Broncos captain Alex Glenn (L) and vice-captain Pat Carrigan say the team is hurting after losing six straight games.

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Broncos captain Alex Glenn (L) and vice-captain Pat Carrigan say the team is hurting after losing six straight games.

Glenn did not hide from his emotions, telling reporters at the post-match press conference: “I just got overwhelmed out there. Sometimes we cry, we get upset. It’s just been a couple of tough weeks.

“It just hurts because I know the effort that we’re putting into training every week. It’s just little areas in our game, we’re lacking discipline. I just care for this club, care for this team so much.

“The emotions come out unfortunately, but I ain’t shying away from it. Sometimes you shed tears.”

Glenn – an Aucklander who earned 12 Kiwis caps between 2011 and 2015 – said this was “probably one of the toughest periods I’ve been through’’ in his 12 years with the Broncos.

“It’s frustrating, but we’re shooting our own foot. I’d rather be the captain going through this, testing myself out. Because once we turn this around, it’s going to be a hell of a story.”

Scrumhalf Brodie Croft was also in tears after the game, and forward Payne Haas had his head in his hands at the result.

Broncos player Payne Haas is disconsolate after the defeat to the Warriors.

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Broncos player Payne Haas is disconsolate after the defeat to the Warriors.

Under-pressure Broncos coach Anthony Seibold admitted it “makes me sad’’ to see his players in tears.

“How Alex and Brodie are is how we are all feeling, including myself. It’s disappointing to see the results when I know what we have in the change rooms.

“I’m quite emotive. I’m really upset and disappointed, we fly back to Queensland and the only thing we can do is review the game and try and get better.’’

Pat Carrigan, the Broncos vice-captain, apologised for a sixth consecutive NRL defeat.

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Pat Carrigan, the Broncos vice-captain, apologised for a sixth consecutive NRL defeat.

Broncos vice-captain Pat Carrigan apologised for the club’s worst run of losses in eight years.

“If I or anyone wanted to play an individual sport, we’d be playing tennis …,’’ he said. “We’re sorry for the results because at the end of the day it’s a results business, and we have to win.”

But Carrigan said he “wouldn’t want to be at any other club, with any other team or play for anyone else other than ‘Lexy’ [Glenn] as our skipper.

“It’s disappointing for me having seen Alex be such a successful player here for 12 years at the club and [he] probably hasn’t been through anything like this – and I’m a part of that.’’

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