Brad Fittler and Paul Gallen blast Broncos for accepting ‘mediocrity’ after Sharks capitulation

Brad Fittler and Paul Gallen have slammed the Broncos for their near enough is good enough approach in the aftermath of their 36-26 capitulation against the Sharks.

The Broncos led 26-18 with eight minutes to go against Cronulla, but Fittler believes they should have beaten an undermanned Sharks outfit.

“With the interviews after with the Broncos I feel like they are searching for mediocrity,” Fittler said on WWOS’ The Sunday Footy Show.

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“I think they were pretty happy with what they did, but the team they played Cronulla had massive injuries.

“They had nine blokes who played for Newtown last year, so that alone says it is an inexperienced team.”

Gallen slammed the Broncos for failing to close out a game that was there for the taking.

“I think it was like last week they had 40-odd points cored against them by the Storm and they were satisfied with that,” Gallen said.

“It is like they were happy that they put an effort in for 30 or 40 minutes.


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“This game they are leading 26-18 with eight minutes to go. Just shut the game down. All they had to do was get the goal line drop out and they possibly score again.

“They just had to shut the game down. They have forgotten how to win. Winning becomes a habit and so does losing and they are just not playing for 80 minutes.

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“I think Darius Boyd going to fullback did help them. The Sharks had three or four sets on the Broncos line at one point and they managed to hold them out. Boyd out the back on those block plays was great and he set up two or three tries.

“But they just do not play for 80 minutes. It is like they are satisfied that close enough is good enough and it is just not in this competition.”

Kotoni Staggs and Xavier Coates digest the loss against the Sharks.Source:Getty Images

Peter Sterling believes the Broncos need to fix their leaky defence if they are to be any chance of turning around their horror run of form that has seen them win just one of their last 10 games.

“They conceded 94 points in the previous two matches and 36 in this game and that doesn’t get it done in the NRL,” Sterling said.

“No matter what improvement is there they have enough talent. This game was in their keeping with 10 minutes to go, but they conceded 36 points. There in lies your problem.”

Originally published asFreddy and Gal blast Broncos for accepting ‘mediocrity’ after Sharks capitulation

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