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‘Stop asking’: Prickly Boyd defends halves

Boos echoed around Suncorp Stadium before Brisbane were upset 30-12 by NRL battlers Gold Coast – and Broncos veteran Darius Boyd admits his team deserved it.

But the former Brisbane skipper bristled when the finger was pointed at their under-fire halves Brodie Croft and Anthony Milford on Saturday.

A brutally honest Boyd couldn’t hide his embarrassment after the Broncos were jeered off the field when they slumped to a shock 22-0 halftime deficit before succumbing to a fifth straight loss.

“That is the first time I have ever seen a Brisbane side booed off the field at halftime at Suncorp Stadium,” ashen-faced former captain Justin Hodges told Fox Sports.

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Boyd appeared just as shellshocked by the crowd’s reaction after the game.

“That was very frustrating. It hurts but they probably have a right – it was 22-0 at halftime,” he said.

“The most disappointing thing was to get booed off at halftime, your own fans are booing you off.

“It was the first crowd we had at Suncorp all year (due to coronavirus).

“All our families were there. To put in a performance like that, it’s disappointing.”

Pressure is mounting on coach Anthony Seibold after six-time premiers Brisbane’s freefall from fifth to second-last in the space of five weeks following the Titans upset.

However, the blowtorch has also been applied to the Broncos halves after they again failed to fire a shot against the Titans who started the game rooted to the foot of the NRL ladder.

Boyd says his team deserved to be booed. (Getty)

Seibold admitted he may have to reassess his attack after it was “really frantic” against the Titans.

“We’ll have to take a look at that. We are down on confidence with regards to our attack,” he said.

But Boyd did not think Croft and halves partner Milford were doing much wrong judging by his spirited defence of the pair when they were questioned by media on Saturday.

Young playmaker Tom Dearden was injected on to the Broncos bench against the Titans, sparking speculation the move was made to put Brisbane’s halves on notice despite Seibold claiming the 19-year-old was simply a hooker back-up for veteran rake Issac Luke.

However, Boyd gave an uncharacteristically prickly response when asked if Dearden’s selection was meant to keep Croft and Milford on their toes.

“We will win games when we defend well. Our two halves are our best players when we defend well so you can stop asking those questions,” he said bluntly.

“Defence is what wins games and premierships. Our defence is not where it needs to be right now for whatever reason but we just need to stick solid as a group.”

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