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‘Lie in it’: Legend’s brutal Broncos slam

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Broncos star Matt Lodge admits Brisbane players may be guilty of thinking they’re better than they are as team changes loom following the historic 59-0 loss to Sydney Roosters.Prop Lodge became the first Broncos player to speak publicly about Thursday’s loss – the biggest in the club’s history – when he fronted media at training…

Broncos star Matt Lodge admits Brisbane players may be guilty of thinking they’re better than they are as team changes loom following the historic 59-0 loss to Sydney Roosters.

Prop Lodge became the first Broncos player to speak publicly about Thursday’s loss – the biggest in the club’s history – when he fronted media at training on Sunday.

It came after the players were shielded from interviews after the match, prompting heavy criticism from former players and fans.

Lodge conceded accusations the team gave up too easily were fair, and refused to use their youth and inexperience, and a perceived lack of leadership, as an excuse.

“We haven’t built that hard resilience up when things don’t go our way. They’re definitely right about that,” Lodge said.

“That’s not through fault of being young. That’s just a personal thing that we all need to be better at and learn how to deal with those hard situations.

“A Darren Lockyer would help us swing games like that, but he’s not here so we need to adapt and learn how to do it. Just not put in a performance like that.”

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Lodge pointed out the Broncos were far more experienced when they suffered their previous record defeat – only four games ago when they lost 58-0 to Parramatta in last year’s finals. Veterans Andrew McCullough and Matt Gillett are gone from that team.

“We had older players in that game, (yet) the result hasn’t changed,” Lodge said.

“It’s just, individuals need to be better. Maybe across the board some people aren’t as good as what they think and we got plenty of work to do to be a better team.”

Queensland great Gorden Tallis said he was “embarrassed” by the Broncos’ round four performance.

Lodge acknowledged Tallis has every right to share his thoughts, but pointed out the former Broncos star has never offered to assist the struggling club.

“Gordie’s one of the best forwards that’s ever played the game, so everything he says you’ve got to take it with a bit of respect,” Lodge said.

“But he’s never stepped a foot in the building, helped any of the young players, helped the club get better or reached out to say if there’s anything he can do to help us become better players.

“We’ve had plenty of old players come back and help us get better so sometimes you’ve just got to sit through his criticism.

“He’s entitled to that opinion but maybe if he could know we’re trying hard to fix it here and there’s no excuse of us being young, we’ve got the talent here and we’re going to put the head down and work.

“If he wants to come in and give us a hand and show us some leadership and help us be better players he’s more than welcome.”

Tallis’ response was blunt.

“No … no chance,” he told Triple M.

“They’ve made their bed, they can lie in it.”

Lodge, who said he wasn’t immune from the criticism, said the Broncos may have bought into the hype of being considered as having the best forwards in the NRL.

“(The media) say, ‘They’re the best pack in the comp, they’re this, they’re that.’ I just feel sometimes that maybe we would buy into that,” Lodge said.

“We haven’t ticked any boxes. We haven’t achieved anything.

“We haven’t won the comps they did in the 90s. The Roosters are the best forward pack in the comp because they’ve won the premierships.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do and we’ve got to put our head down to get better at a lot of things before we start looking into that best pack in the comp.”

BRISBANE BRONCOS BIGGEST DEFEATS

0-59 vs Sydney Roosters, 2020

0-58 vs Parramatta Eels, 2019

0-56 vs Canberra Raiders, 2009

4-50 vs Melbourne Storm, 2005

22-68 vs Parramatta Eels, 2007

Lodge insisted he isn’t alone in taking ownership for the defeat.

“Hiding from the media is not a thing here. That was honestly a mistake,” he said.

“We didn’t know they wanted to talk to us. If anyone asks a question about a s*** performance, everyone here is happy to own up to it.”

The Broncos have reacted to the lopsided defeat by making a raft of changes, including shifting winger Corey Oates to the second row to face Manly next week. Xavier Coates is expected to be named on the wing, with Lodge returning to the run-on side along with Kotoni Staggs and Joe Ofahengaue.

— With AAP

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