Anthony Seibold has vowed to persevere along with his backbone experiment regardless of Brisbane’s disastrous efficiency of their 26-12 NRL loss to a David Klemmer-inspired Newcastle at McDonald Jones Stadium.
After they have been pegged as pre-season high 4 contenders, the Queensland glamour membership might be within the backside 4 by the tip of the weekend following their third straight loss.
Seibold rolled the cube on Saturday when he moved playmaker Anthony Milford to fullback in a positional swap with Darius Boyd, however the daring gambit did not have its meant impact.
The Knights ran roughshod over the Broncos within the first half led by Klemmer who put in a typical five-star efficiency in his return from a three-week lay-off from a fractured wrist.
NSW prop Klemmer turned in a Herculean opening stint, taking part in the primary 49 minutes earlier than ending with 196 run metres and 26 tackles.
“He was excellent. To be out for a month and play the primary 50-odd straight and lay an excellent platform for us was actually pleasing,” mentioned Knights coach Nathan Brown.
“We didn’t need to make 4 (interchanges) within the first half if we didn’t should. We thought he may push by means of and he was joyful to push by means of.”
Boyd – taking part in his first first-grade sport at five-eighth – was quiet all evening, operating for simply seven metres earlier than being steamrolled by Jesse Ramien which allowed Mason Lino to attain the match-winner.
Regardless of having 44 tackles contained in the Knights’ 20-metre zone – in comparison with the Knights’ 11 – they have been nonetheless out-classed 4 tries to 2.
The Knights have been dealt an enormous blow when star fullback Kalyn Ponga was dominated out on sport day with a calf damage which is threatening to rule him out of State of Origin III.
Whereas Ponga’s damage prompted a reshuffle, they misplaced little as Kurt Mann moved to fullback with the utility throwing the final cross for Edrick Lee’s and Lachlan Fitzgibbon’s tries.
Additionally they misplaced Lee to a damaged arm within the 18th minute.
The Knights smelt blood within the water at 18-Zero up at halftime however couldn’t have began the second-half in much less spectacular vogue.
Halfback Mitchell Pearce – who’s being sized up for a NSW recall – did not make contact twice within the area of three minutes and prop James Gavet was dubiously sin-binned for a excessive shot on Andrew McCullough.
The Broncos made the a lot of the additional man through a Thomas Flegler attempt to when Hymel Hunt spilled the ball seven metres from his personal line, Kotoni Staggs crossed to make it an eight-point ball sport.
However when Ramien ran by means of some feeble defence from Boyd, it killed off any menace of a Broncos fightback.
Broncos coach Seibold insisted having Milford at No.1 and Boyd as No.6 was their most suitable choice for the time being.
“I assumed Milf regarded fairly good at fullback and Darius will solely get higher as a half,” he mentioned.
Seibold mentioned the Broncos have been thrown off kilter by a severe shoulder damage to Richie Kennar which pressured back-rower David Fifita into the backline and Boyd to defend at centre.
“It was a little bit bit humorous as a result of he (Boyd) needed to defend within the centres and play within the halves. It’s all about studying,” he mentioned.