Thaiday: I didn't do my job against Titans
Sam Thaiday is bracing for some "tough meetings" this week at Brisbane Broncos training after admitting he failed to do his own job off the bench in Sunday's disappointing 26-14 loss to the Gold Coast.
Coach Wayne Bennett rattled off a laundry list of errors made by individuals his side in attack in the post-match press conference and, to use a classic Seinfeld term, he "named names" of the culprits.
Ominously Thaiday's name was on the list, and the veteran forward did not shy away from his own part in the lacklustre display.
Thaiday said simple errors with the ball, several of which were made with no defenders in sight, were the most disappointing aspect of the performance and "very uncharacteristic of the Brisbane Broncos".
"It is all about doing the job for your team and on a personal level I didn't do my job tonight, and I am sure when we get into our review system at training there will be a few more boys that will put their hand up," Thaiday told NRL.com in a sombre Broncos dressing shed.
"There are going to be some tough meetings and some bitter pills to swallow but we are going to have to cop that on the chin.
"It is a necessary evil we have to go through to turn this all around.
"We can definitely [turn it around] although two and two is not where we want to be. That was never our plan.
"That is the start of the season we've had and we can't change it now, unless you've invented a time machine, but we can change what is in front of us."
If the Broncos can take any solace from the shoddy display it is that they are still on four competition points and equal with the other heavyweight cubs such as the Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters on the Telstra Premiership ladder.
Their start to the season, although not up to standard, is far from a disaster considering the Broncos are yet to play to their ability in a full 80 minutes of football.
None of the 17 that took the field against the Titans have hit anywhere near the form they are capable of with big guns Darius Boyd, Andrew McCullough, Anthony Milford, Kodi Nikorima, Matt Gillett and Josh McGuire certainly in that category.
McCullough, who tried all night against the Titans, threw two passes to nobody. Hardly his fault, but there was obviously a communication breakdown somewhere and it was the sort of untidy football, bereft of timing, that has been an all-too common occurrence.
Even Thaiday was struggling to come up with an answer to why it was happening and how to fix it.
"There have been moments of brilliance this year and moments of effort but we are still trying to string that full game of footy together," he said.
"We were very flat [against the Titans] and some of our attacking raids were not as fast or as sharp as they usually are."
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"If I had the answer I'd tell Wayne so we could fix it, I'd let the boys know and I'd bottle it and sell it for a million dollars… probably more than that.
"I definitely know that hard work and getting back to the basics is going to help us the most, just simplifying our play."
Thaiday said Milford and Nikorima running the ball was the "best play we've got" on the back of big forwards charging ahead and getting quick play the balls.
"Sometimes you have to go back to what the Broncos built over many years where we had four big forwards rucking it up and then we'd kick the ball and it was almost a game of force 'em backs," he said.
"If that is what we have to get back to then so be it. If boring works, and you win, it doesn't matter."