The New Zealand Warriors have defeated the Brisbane Broncos 26-16 at Central Coast Stadium.
Despite racing out to a fast start and leading the Warriors 10-0, the Broncos were unable to hold off a spirited New Zealand outfit as they made it six losses in a row.
Today’s defeat only adds more misery for the Broncos who extend their worst losing streak in eight years.
After the match, halfback Brodie Croft and skipper Alex Glenn were left visibly upset as cameras captured the moment the duo were reduced to tears.
Broncos coach Anthony Seibold admitted he was “sad” when he saw the emotional response from his players after the match.
“It makes me sad,” Seibold said.
“The guys have been heavily criticised and in some ways rightly so for not winning some footy games.
“It means a lot to the group. We work and invest a lot of time in it, but we are just not getting our jobs done at the moment.”
“The pain you saw on the guys faces is how we all feel at the moment. We don’t like getting kicked in the guts and until we start winning some games we are going to be.”
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When asked why the club has been struggling, Seibold said his side has been unable to keep the pressure on during the final 20 minutes.
“I’d love to find out to be fair,” he said.
“We are really hurting ourselves with errors and lack of field position and it just seems to be compounding.
“It was really similar to the Manly game a couple of weeks ago where we looked really dominant and energetic, but ultimately in the last 20 minutes at the moment the game gets away from us and it was the same again tonight.”