The Broncos have been savaged for their ‘embarrassing’ performance after they were routed 59-0 by a Sydney Roosters team - missing James Tedesco - on Thursday night.
Memories of the Broncos' previous worst effort - a 58-0 NRL 2019 finals exit - came flooding back as the Roosters piled on 10 unanswered tries to keep the depleted hosts scoreless at Suncorp Stadium for the first time.
'STRUGGLING MENTALLY': Coaches expose sad NRL truth
'TWO-FACED COWARD': Paul Gallen's vicious swipe at legend
Remarkably the Roosters overcame the late withdrawal of superstar fullback Tedesco due to illness to effortlessly clinch their first win at Suncorp Stadium since 2014, snapping a six game losing streak.
Queensland legend Paul Vautin ripped into the Broncos for a lacklustre defensive effort and claimed he can’t see where the Brisbane outfit will go from here.
“I don’t know where they go, I really don’t,” Vautin said on Channel 9 commentary.
“When they got beaten by 58-0 by Parramatta, I remember I said it looks to me like they’re not listening to the coach, or if the coach is talking, they’re not listening.
“In defence all they’re doing is ball watching, they’ve all got their eyes on the ball and their player has gone past them. I don’t know if that’s what they’re teaching in defence out there, but it was horrendous.
“The Broncos tonight were diabolical, that was a training gallop for the Roosters. It was embarrassing for the club and the city; the Broncos fans will not be happy…pathetic is what I’m saying.”
‘Totally unacceptable’: Siebold
There was a strong sense of deja vu when an ashen faced Seibold fronted the media after the rout, just four games following their record finals thumping from Parramatta that forced an off-season overhaul at the club.
Siebold mentioned he had felt this disappointment before in his post-match press conference.
"It was almost like Groundhog Day," Seibold said.
"Everyone knows we were up against it but I still thought we would give a good account of ourselves.
"But under the furnace against the Roosters, we just didn't handle the pressure, showed no resilience.
"I take responsibility for the performance. I picked the best side available...but it's almost men against boys - it was totally unacceptable."
In a display that at times resembled a training run, the Roosters all but secured the result by the break when they jumped to a stunning 29-0 lead - the biggest halftime deficit in Broncos history.
Brisbane have now conceded 93 points in their last two games, dropping to a 2-2 record after their season started with such promise.