NRL immortal blasts 'confused' Broncos training session

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Coach Anthony Seibold gives instructions to the Brisbane Broncos players.
Coach Anthony Seibold gives instructions to his players during a Brisbane Broncos NRL training session. (Getty Images)

Rugby League immortal Wally Lewis has described the shambolic state the Brisbane Broncos are in after recounting the ‘unusual’ training sessions he has visited.

The Broncos are on track for one of their worst seasons ever as the club languishes in 15th spot having conceded 401 points and scored just 178.

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To make matters worse, the club has been embroiled in multiple NRL bubble protocol scandals over the last couple of weeks.

The latest involves embattled Brisbane Broncos player Tevita Pangai Jr. having been stood down indefinitely by the NRL.

Now, NRL great Lewis has described the shape the club are in at training, pointing out a lack of understanding at Red Hill.

“Watching them again [Tuesday] morning, there didn’t appear to be a lot of understanding between each and every one of them,” Lewis told Wide World of Sports’ QLDER show.

“There doesn’t appear to be much creativity about it, [or] following the plan ... the regular game pattern. It’s unusual to try and work out exactly what is going on out there.

“I think they’ve got to almost go back to the old days and follow just a set plan, where there’s not too much that goes outside that; just to be able to create some understanding by the players, who do appear to be confused.”

Coach Anthony Seibold is also in a 14-day COVID-19 hold after attending to a private family matter in Sydney after last weekend's game.

Wally Lewis commentates on television during a NRL match.
Wally Lewis appeared less than impressed with the Brisbane Broncos training session when he visited. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Brisbane defend alleged bubble breach

Brisbane are declaring their innocence after a pub lunch attended by 10 players intended to celebrate the end of harder lock down measures became the latest biosecurity breach under investigation at the embattled NRL club.

Queensland police and the NRL are looking into the incident, in which 10 players enjoyed a steak on August 1 at the Everton Park Hotel in potential breach of the league's strict coronavirus protocols.

It follows a separate COVID-19 breach on Saturday by Broncos forward Tevita Pangai Jr that prompted the NRL to propose a $30,000 fine and indefinitely boot him from the NRL's bubble.

Brisbane great and current trainer Allan Langer is among three staff stood down after attending another private function at the Caxton Hotel.

The Broncos said on Wednesday the group lunched with the understanding they were not breaking protocols under what were relaxed Project Apollo rules at the time.