“It’s hard. We do our best. We get smashed pillar to post during the week … we’ve lost six in a row, we’re the Broncos who have a proud history, a rich history, and we have a fan base who deserve better. Everyone is hurting at the moment.”
Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold was in the press all week and can expect seven more days of intense interrogation on why he is the best man to lead the club forward.
When asked about Glenn and Croft’s emotions after the game, the coach said: “It makes me sad. We’ve been heavily criticised and, in some ways, rightly so for not winning some footy games.
“We’re not getting our jobs done at the moment, and the pain on those guys’ faces is how we’re all feeling.
“We don’t like getting kicked in the guts, and until we start winning some games …. how Alex and Brodie are feeling is how the whole group is feeling.”
Queensland legend Wally Lewis chimed into the crisis a few hours before kick-off when he said there appeared to be ”a pretty bad mood in the club”.
So imagine what the feeling was like in the Central Coast Stadium sheds.
Next Saturday against the Bulldogs at 5.30pm – the most fitting of timeslots now for this club – will be a toss of the coin.
The Warriors deserved the victory, and homesick winger Ken Maumalo thoroughly earnt the acrobatic winner with just seven minutes remaining.
It was Todd Payten’s first win as an NRL coach. He was often on his feet in the box and excited. It was in stark contrast to how Seibold must be feeling.
Seibold and the board have maintained he is the best man for the job. He is only 18 months into a five-year deal. It was impossible not to pick up on his subtle praise for Blake Green, the Warriors playmaker who has been linked to a move to Red Hill next year.
The Broncos are a team that has lost all confidence.
Apart from Coates’ double, including another 90m long-range try, and Payne Haas’ typically brilliant effort in the middle, there is not a lot to be excited about for the Broncos. They continue to clock off in the final 20 minutes.
Kevin Walters, the Broncos legend who missed out on the top job to Seibold, said after the match: “The game was there to be won for Brisbane but they couldn’t come up with the right decisions at the right time.”
Luck fell Brisbane’s way when Glenn challenged David Fusitu’a’s try because Anthony Milford had been obstructed in the lead-up. Poor Isaiah Papali’i slipped over into the feet of Milford. It was a tough call.
The Warriors eventually scored through Wayde Egan before Maumalo’s effort sealed the result.
Maumalo also scored just before half-time to keep his side in the game.
The Warriors have given up so much. They have now won three games since the COVID break. The Broncos would be happy for one win. Who knows when it will come.
Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.