From The Couch: Round Seven by Nick Tedeschi

Broncos Must Move Now: The Anthony Seibold experiment at the Broncos has failed and after a humiliating loss to the Gold Coast Titans – who had won just a single game in the last 13 months – the Broncos need to end his tenure this week despite a five-year deal. Not that long ago, the Broncos were the most powerful club and most recognised brand in the game. They had a long legacy of success. They oozed greatness. No longer. In 18 months under Seibold, the Broncos are now entrenched in the bottom four of the ladder. They cannot attract talent. The little they have on the roster are failing to commit. Old boys have been completely ostracised. There appears to be little pain in defeat. Hard decisions are not made. Seibold cannot recover from his standing in Brisbane. He is off with the players, the fans, ex-players, ex-coaches, the city and the state. It is a long road back for Brisbane but the quicker they make the tough call the quicker they can get onto the road to recovery.

Warriors Must Go Big or Wide: The New Zealand Warriors need to first go large when looking for their next permanent head coach and when that inevitably fails, they need to go wide. The Warriors cannot afford to just accept a recycled coach. They do not need another Matt Elliott. They need to throw a line in for the likes of Bellamy, Robinson, Bennett and Hasler. Bennett is the only real possibility and even that is a longshot. Failing that they need to spurn any temptation to go with an Anthony Griffin, Geoff Toovey or Nathan Brown. They must also look outside their organisation so cannot possibly go with Todd Payten or Stacey Jones. The Warriors need to take a risk and think outside the box. First on the list should be Craig Fitzgibbon. The Walker Brothers are worthy of a conversation. Shaun Wane and Darryl Powell in Super League should be considered. Michael Ennis, Jason Ryles, Peter Wallace and Simon Woolford are all worth talking to.

The Dumbest Idea in the World: Every three or four years comes the ridiculous notion that a game will be played between the Kangaroos and some rugby union team called the All Blacks, whoever they are. From what can be ascertained, they seem to be an international team at an inferior code that let the likes of Matt Duffie and Ngani Laumape represent their country. Rugby League has absolutely zero to gain from thumping a bunch of hacks, wannabes and pretenders.

Super League Set To Return: Tremendous news came down the line from the Northern Hemisphere that Super League would be returning early August. The season will kickoff with a triple header with the season to be cut to 22 rounds. The Grand Final will now extend into November.

2020 Field Goal Update – 9: Clint Gutherson kicked the first field goal in his career to give Parramatta a famous 25-24 golden point win over Canberra in the only field goal of the week.

Fun Fact #1: The Warriors’ 50-6 loss to Melbourne has handed Todd Payten the biggest loss of any coach making his debut mid-season.

Fun Fact #2: Anthony Seibold is 2-2 all-time against the Gold Coast.
Fun Fact #3: Nine coaches – including Todd Payten – have coached a premiership game without winning one. Craig Hodges leads the way with 10.

Betting Market of the Week: Projected Kangaroos-All Blacks lines:

If playing Rugby League: Kangaroos -67.5
If playing Rugby Union: Kangaroos -55.5
If playing a Hybrid Game: Kangaroos -62.5

Rumour Mill: There is a story brewing at one club with the chairman doing his best to stop a yarn that he has been the moneyman behind George Pell’s numerous appeals. The Roosters continue to chase stars with both David Fifita and Nick Cotric expected to sign with the Chooks in 2021. Josh Addo-Carr will return to Sydney with the Wests Tigers and Canterbury the favourites to secure his signature.

Moronic Coaching Decision of the Week: For a coach who fancies himself an intellectual, Anthony Seibold sure makes some moronic decisions. After pulling the right rein by debuting young talent Tesi Niu, he hooked him in the second half for absolutely no reason. Niu was struggling but taking off a fullback is one of the dumbest uses of an interchange imaginable and that is before the confidence of a rising star is factored in.

The Coaching Crosshairs: Dean Pay survived a board meeting this week but he will not be coaching the Bulldogs in 2021 with no extension forthcoming. The Bulldogs are set to throw everything at bringing Wayne Bennett to the club. It is a situation that potentially appeals to Bennett. Canterbury will be able to offer more money than any other team. They have significant cap room and Bennett can usually attract players at a discount. He also won’t have to pack up his life and move. He said he will be at Souths next year but it would not surprise at all if he lands at Belmore.

Beard Watch: Cameron Smith doesn’t appear to know if he is Arthur or Martha with his beard decisions. He has chopped and changed since the season resumed.

Watch It: The Super League Tri-Series has, for the most part, long been forgotten. Here is the fabulous final between NSW and Queensland featuring the likes of Matt Ryan, Simon Gillies and Owen Cunningham. Watch it here.

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