The Broncos have been terrible throughout the board final night time however Darius Boyd has come below particular scrutiny.
The NRL veteran, who will retire on the finish of this season, has been a shell of his former self, spending a lot of the 12 months getting uncovered whereas taking part in out of place at left centre.
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Ex-coach Anthony Seibold not too long ago moved Boyd again to his most well-liked spot of fullback however the 33-year-old had a shocker in his facet’s 58-12 drubbing at the hands of the Roosters on Friday.
The skilled campaigner has performed 333 NRL video games, in addition to 28 State of Origins for Queensland and 23 Assessments for the Kangaroos. However in opposition to the tri-colours, he seemed like a person whose time on the prime has run out.
A lot of the scrutiny centered on a second the place Boyd was side-stepped by Roosters ahead Nat Butcher and wrong-footed to the purpose the place he hit the turf and couldn’t even lay a hand on the 23-year-old, who crossed for a second-half attempt.
Butcher scooped up the ball 45m out from Brisbane’s tryline after a unfastened passage of play and burst by means of some dreadful tried tackles from the Broncos earlier than bearing down on Boyd, who was the final line of defence.
A easy right-foot step noticed the previous Brisbane skipper stutter, then slowly sink to the bottom.
Boyd got here in for loads of criticism on social media.
Channel 9 sports activities reporter Mark Gottlieb tweeted: “One other Darius Boyd lowlight for the memes.
“Seibold would’ve purchased himself some love from followers if he’d dropped Boyd. He refused to do it and copped a hammering. Boyd rewarded him by not so subtly taking digs at Seibold within the media after transferring again to FB not too long ago. Most likely received’t be so talkative after tonight.”
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Fellow 9 journalist Jelisa Apps stated: “Darius Boyd has completely zero intention of placing his physique on the road. Simply phoning the top of his profession in.”
Ex-NRL participant turned media persona Jimmy Smith wrote: “Will (caretaker coach) Peter Mild drop Darius Boyd?”
Sports activities author Christian Nicolussi added: “It’s severely painful watching Darius Boyd. Finish of season can’t come fast sufficient.”
Simon Orchard stated the Broncos ought to inform Boyd to give up now. “He performs with no conviction, no urgency, and seemingly no braveness. Indicative of our facet atm,” he tweeted.
Boyd’s remaining season within the NRL has been a depressing one on a private and collective entrance. He was stripped of the captaincy, quit the leadership group midway through the season due to a relationship breakdown with Seibold and the Broncos sit second-last on the ladder, struggling by means of the worst 12 months of their historical past.
Earlier than Seibold and the Broncos parted methods this week, Boyd stated membership legend Kevin Walters could be the perfect man to take over as head coach.