BRISBANE coach Kevin Walters blamed his players’ poor attitude and terrible defensive failure for the Broncos’ finals hopes in a 53-6 loss to the Eels.
When asked about his performance, Walter’s answer was emphatic: “Terrible fellow. We didn’t start well, and we finished well.
The club’s glaring defensive woes were once again on full display at Suncorp Stadium, and Walters made no attempt to beat them.
“More than anything else, we need to fix our defense and our attitude has not been where it needs to be to compete with good sides this year.”
When asked about a specific defensive woes the team needs to address, Walter was at a loss for ideas. “Not at this level. I mean, if we had known that, we would have fixed it four weeks ago.
“I will make no excuses. It just wasn’t good.”
He later added, “To be honest, I don’t have a lot of answers right now, but we have to adjust our attitude.”
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Second rower Kurt Capewell was similarly dismayed by the club’s defensive woes in recent weeks: “We’ve definitely seen it slip in the last few weeks … I think our defense is letting us down, our discipline is letting us down.” A little down.
“We’re not finishing well enough, so we have to defend a lot and we’re not good defensively at the moment. All kinds of snowballs, one to another. We have a week to adjust a little bit and do that. “
Not only do the Broncos face the prospect of making the finals, but they also become the first team in NRL history to advance in the eight with six rounds remaining.
When asked about his chances of making it through to the final, Capewell delivered just one line: “It’s terrifying.”
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Despite the Broncos’ offseason, Walters said he doesn’t feel any more pressure than usual, saying, “No, not really.”
But he made it clear that the players are not the only ones to blame for the club’s slide.
“I take full responsibility, obviously,” he said. “It’s my job to prepare this team and get them to play every week. So I take responsibility. I will not shift the blame anywhere.