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NRL 2019: South Sydney Rabbitohs v Brisbane Broncos, Anthony Seibold

Broncos coach Anthony Seibold has come to the defence of his young team, desperate to find a positive in their 38-6 loss to the Rabbitohs on Thursday night.

After a disappointing 2-6 start to the season, the under-pressure coach said he was working to find ‘small margins’ to celebrate to keep his young team motivated.

In the current climate at Brisbane, this could prove difficult.

Despite conceding 32 points at ANZ Stadium on Thursday night, Seibold pointed to the Broncos’ defensive efforts as being their best of the season.

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“We showed some real glimpses. Believe it or not tonight was actually our best defensive display as far as effective contact and so on, it was at 92 per cent,” he said.

“We made more tackle breaks than Souths tonight, we missed less tackles than them tonight, but we were just on the wrong side of the scoreline.

Souths punish Brisbane

Souths punish Brisbane

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“I’m more concerned about finding some small margins and forgetting about the points table for a little while.”

However, according to Fox Sports Lab, the Broncos missed eight more tackles than the Rabbitohs and made 60 more tackles overall.

Prop Matt Lodge made 32 tackles but missed six, while hooker Andrew McCullough clocked up a whopping 54 tackles.

Seibold said he is confident success would come with time.

“The club has gone down this route of trying to blood a lot of younger guys, it’s challenging at times, but I know where we’re going,” he said.

Seibold’s hunt for a positive comes as the club faces an onslaught of criticism from former players and commentators.

Broncos press conference

Broncos press conference

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Rugby league legend Laurie Daley questioned whether the young players are as good as many believe they are going to be.

“They either don’t understand the playing style or they’re not good enough to execute it,” Daley said on Big Sports Breakfast.

“They just lay down when it gets too hard, there’s just no fight,” Immortal Andrew Johns told Channel 9.

“It’s hard to believe a one team town like Brisbane, they make huge profit and they have so many kids on scholarship but something’s not happening up there, I don’t know what it is. You look at their team on paper — I tipped them to win the competition this year — they’re not going a yard.”

The Broncos are now languishing in 12th position on the ladder and will face Manly, Roosters and the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium in the coming weeks.

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