Season will be among most intense in history, says Brisbane Broncos coach Anthony Seibold


Seibold has been connecting with coaches in a variety of sports during the lockdown, including Scott “Razor” Robertson from Super Rugby’s Crusaders, who know a thing or two about memorable seasons after they played away from home all year to make a final against the Queensland Reds in 2011.

Seibold sees the disrupted season as a golden opportunity to make history.

David Fifita celebrates with his Broncos teammates after scoring a try against the Queensland Cowboys in March.Credit:Getty Images

“If you win this competition, it’s going to be one that is remembered forever,” Seibold said. “It’s not a season people are going to forget. I think it is going to be one of the most intense seasons ever when we do get back. What an opportunity.

“I agree with Razor … you win this comp, it will be remembered forever because of the unprecedented situation we are in.”

There have been questions raised about the integrity of a restructured competition but Seibold said he had little concern on that front, believing it may be fairer than ever given the likely draw and lack of mid-season representative football.

“The integrity of the competition has been questioned because it’s shorter but I think the integrity is great. You aren’t going to lose your players to Origin camps for six weeks during the middle of it,” Seibold said.

“The competition has always been uneven in so far as you play some teams twice and others only once. I like the look of the competition. It’s going to be challenging.”

Seibold said every club would treat the lead-in to round three differently but with players expected to be fully fit, his focus at Red Hill will be almost exclusively on game plans and ball-in-hand work.

“Different clubs and coaches will deal with it differently and rightly so. The way we look at it is that we take some really positive lessons from the first two rounds off the back of an extremely challenging pre-season,” he said.

“Everyone that watched the first two games could tell we had matured from a physical perspective but we’ve also improved from a footy sense. We need to remind players what they did well in the early rounds but looking at areas we can grow. We get an opportunity to work on that over the next three weeks.

“There’s no talk of a mini pre-season. We’ll get the football in our hands right away.”

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A Broncos statement regarding the Boyd-Bird meeting said Boyd had been mentoring the former Sharks star after yet another season-ending knee injury.

“Jack has undergone reconstructive surgery on the knee, the second time on the same knee in the past 12 months, and has been encouraged by the club to meet regularly with Darius – both as a friend and also through Darius’ role as a mental health ambassador with the Broncos,” the statement said.

“Today’s [Friday’s] meeting between Darius and Jack was a senior player providing support, advice and a kind ear to a young man who has seen his third-straight season ruined by injury.”

The NRL said it was seeking further information on the issue but it would appear unlikely the encounter fits into the same category as recent incidents involving Latrell Mitchell, Josh Addo-Carr and Nathan Cleary.

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