Darius Boyd returned to fullback with a bang and went past Andrew Ettingshausen to become the 13th most capped first grader of all time but still had to talk about the Broncos traits he was "sick of" after Friday's 36-26 loss to the Sharks.
Boyd, who has now played 329 NRL games after going past the Sharks legend on Friday night, by rights should have been speaking mainly about his four try-assist performance that has coach Anthony Seibold set to leave him at fullback for the rest of the season.
Instead he was facing the media and speaking about another Broncos loss, after they appeared on track for victory and leading by eight points with 10 minutes to go.
"I'm sick of coming here to these press conferences and sending the fans who do come and support us home without a win," Boyd said.
"I'm sick and tired of talking about the negatives and having to apologise to people. It's not good enough.
"Our Achilles heel is that we put in a decent performance, don't get a win, then come out and lose by 40 the next week. It's tough, because this club has been built on a lot of wins and great times and positivity.
"It's one of the most famous brands in Australian sport and at the moment we're the ones holding the fort and it's time to do the club and the fans proud."
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Boyd left nothing in the tank in his best game of the year and was talking to his teammates in defence all night about where to be positionally. He was leading them to water, but he couldn't make them drink.
The defensive line fell apart late on and Boyd said some players had stopped talking. He also wondered out loud whether some players were just satisfied being in the Broncos team.
"Some of these guys are just happy playing first grade and being in the washing machine and in the bubble of playing and that's how I was when I was an 18, 19 or 20-year-old, I was just happy to play for the Broncos and play with the greats of the team at that time," Boyd said.
"At the moment, a lot of the guys are still learning and when we conceded a few tries we weren't talking and that's the key. You don't just talk one play, and great players like Shaun Johnson and Wade Graham will find you out."
When asked whether he thought he would play in his favourite position of fullback for the rest of the year, Boyd said to "ask the coach".
Seibold had already suggested that Boyd would keep wearing the number one jersey for the rest of his career, when asked.
"Yes, he was outstanding,” Seibold said.
"He had wanted to play fullback for a long period of time and he showed why. He was outstanding on both sides of the ball."
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With the Broncos' finals hopes only mathematically possible, Boyd wants to finish the last eight games of a career with a winning habit and not a losing one.
"Winning is contagious and losing is contagious too. You can find a way to win and find a way to lose," he said.
"At the moment, we are finding ways to lose, whether we are being blown off the park and completely not good enough, or we put in a strong performance for 40 or 50 or 60 minutes and then we stop talking and drop our guard for a play or a set.
"We didn't deserve to lose that, but we did. It's hard to keep going to training and turning up with the same attitude and mindset and then not getting the results the club wants or the fans want."