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Renouf: The home truths Brisbane must now face

Wayne Bennett once wrote a book called The Man in the Mirror.

It is time for the everyone at the Brisbane Broncos organisation to look in the mirror and accept what they see, and make changes.

I think everyone can agree the 59-0 loss to the Roosters was totally unacceptable.

That is the second time in five games the Broncos have set "a record". The club used to set records you'd take pride in, not records you just don’t want to be a part of.

I was glad to read Matt Lodge and Payne Haas say this week they don’t want the fact they are a young squad to be used as an excuse. My former centre partner Chris Johns also said last week the word "young" should be banned at the Broncos.

I agree. The players seem to agree. It is time for coach Anthony Seibold to follow suit.

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When I walked into the Broncos dressing room as a player I wasn’t Steve Renouf anymore I was "Steve Renouf … Bronco".

It was never about age. If you were in the team you were expected to put in like everyone else. Everyone was even. If you are good enough to be picked in the Broncos side you have to perform.

If the players as a group are considered too young and lacking in proven leaders by the club hierarchy then that is poor management.

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In the past 18 months we have seen Origin or Test players like Josh McGuire, Kodi Nikorima, James Roberts and Andrew McCullough be allowed to leave or asked to go.

"Macca" leaving to go to Newcastle really surprised me when you consider there is no experienced hooker left at the club. We need him for his maturity and stability in the middle.

Instead, he’s already had an outstanding game for the Knights against Canberra. Now the Broncos are about to play Manly with rookie No.9 Cory Paix.

Nikorima was the best of the two halves when he was let go last year and yet he was told he was not in the club’s long-term plans. Then I watch him have a really good game two weeks ago for the Warriors.

I can’t believe the Broncos let him go when he was the best performing half on less money. 

The Broncos administration may not want to hear it, but I will reflect back to the 1990s when there was the right mix.

In 1992 we had 22-year-old guys like myself and Andrew Gee, and John Plath who was 23.

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Alongside us were older guys who were more experienced like Tony Currie, Glenn Lazarus, Trevor Gillmeister and Allan Langer.  

Then you go to 1998 and we became the old fellas and we had the younger boys such as Darren Lockyer, Gorden Tallis and Tonie Carroll. Wayne and his recruiting staff created that balance.

Seibold did the cleanout he thought was right at the time but he may now be regretting the lack of genuine mentors.

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I can’t get my head around that. I’d like to know what the plan is for when Darius Boyd retires.

Alex Glenn is close to the end of his career and Ben Te’o is not a long-term proposition and may just play this year.

It is all well and good to have signed the best young players in the game but where are their mentors? When I came through Tony Currie and Trevor Gillmeister were both great with me.

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They would keep me accountable and call me out on the field, and off it. They helped me with my defence because it was poor at the start of my first-grade career.  

We had a good era, but we certainly weren’t perfect. One thing we did know was that when the going got tough someone put their hand up. I don’t see anyone doing that in this Broncos team at the moment.

Boyd was very lucky to start the season. He has the most experience of anyone in the squad but he brought little to the table against the Roosters.

Broncos can't keep using the youth excuse

Anthony Milford is the highest-paid player but he’s not playing like it.

This is a problem for the Broncos - the highest-paid and most experienced players are not performing each week.

This team and coach has just been responsible for the club’s two biggest losses in history.

That is just not good enough. It has to change.

If I can give Anthony Seibold one bit of advice it is – keep it simple.

I think he has a tendency to over-complicate what he is telling the players. It is a simple game.


The views in this article do not necessarily express the opinions of the NRL, ARL Commission, NRL clubs or state associations.

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