Brisbane coach Kevin Walters has delivered an all-time dressing room spray to a hapless Broncos outfit after Parramatta dusted off their rivals 53-6.
The Broncos are facing a potential do-or-die clash against the Dragons next week after they were obliterated at home to the Eels.
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Brisbane also suffered a number of vital injuries, which saw halfback Adam Reynolds fail a HIA in his 250th NRL game.
Broncos forward Tom Flegler is also facing a ban after being put on report for a shoulder charge on Reagan Campbell-Gillard before being taken to hospital with a throat injury.
However, the most concerning scenes for the Broncos could have come from disgruntled coach Walters.
Footage captured the Origin great in a furious rant at his players after the full-time whistle.
The Broncos looked dejected after conceding a combined 113 points and scoring just 18 in their last two games.
Walters was candid after the match and said he couldn't pinpoint why the team's performance had dropped off only weeks out from the finals.
"It was terrible. We didn't start very well and finished poorly as well," Broncos coach Walters said of the display.
The slumping Broncos, walloped 60-12 the previous week by Melbourne, are on 28 competition points with a points difference of -26.
The door is now open for Canberra, in ninth on 26 points and with a -25 points difference, to move into the top eight with a win over Manly on Saturday.
Walters said he was hopeful of getting skipper Reynolds back for next week's crucial away clash to the Dragons.
"(The big loss) is disappointing for everyone but we are forever looking for the positive. We are still alive against the Dragons next week," Walters said.
"We get Patty (Carrigan) and (Selwyn) Cobbo back. We just need to fix our defence more than anything and our attitude."
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NRL great Paul Vautin was vocal about the Broncos after watching the footage of a furious Walters let rip at his team.
“Parramatta were outstanding but, once again, the opposition were awful,” Vautin told Channel Nine.
“The Broncos are broken. I can’t see them possibly beating the Dragons down there next week.
“Kevvie’s going off, showing a bit of emotion. I think he’s telling them: ‘This is not what Broncos players do’. I’m not saying there was ‘give up’ in them.
“They’re awful at the moment, the Broncos.”
The fifth-placed Eels, on 32 points, will now finish sixth at worst and are still a chance of making it into fourth if they beat Melbourne next week and the Storm lose to the Roosters on Friday night.
"I think we are in a better position than we were this time last year," Eels coach Brad Arthur said.
"The boys showed a lot of want and desire and we need to make sure we do that next week against a (Storm) team that is hitting form."
Eels back-rower Shaun Lane was in superb form and had three try involvements by half-time.
"Laney is probably our most reliable player at the moment. Every week he is doing his job," Eels coach Arthur added.
The form of the Broncos, now with four losses in their past five games, has fallen off a cliff.
The Eels have regained their mojo with four wins out of their last five and loom as genuine title threats.
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