NRL ROUND 7 - Winners and Losers
Alarm bells - and boos - are ringing for Brisbane after they were upset 30-12 by NRL battlers Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, slumping to their fifth straight loss.
Already under the pump, coach Anthony Seibold is now under enormous pressure after the Broncos were ambushed by the Titans who grabbed a shock 22-0 halftime lead.
"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.
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."
'This is the first time I’ve seen a Broncos team get booed off at halftime, the fans are very angry'— Fox League (@FOXNRL) June 27, 2020
Justin Hodges reveals fury at abject Broncos display
Gutherson nails Eels' NRL win over Raiders
An 87th-minute field goal to Clint Gutherson has delivered Parramatta a dramatic 25-24 golden-point NRL victory over a plucky Canberra outfit.
However the win might come at a cost, with star halfback Mitchell Moses suffering a suspected calf injury in the first half of Saturday night's contest.
Moses appeared to show signs of discomfort when trying to come off the defensive line before eventually limping off Bankwest Stadium.
Parramatta looked set to overcome the loss of their chief playmaker when they surged to a 12-point lead with 12 minutes remaining.
However, the Raiders stormed back to force extra time through two Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad tries in three minutes.
Knights cop NRL thrashing as Cowboys rally
Newcastle coach Adam O'Brien has labelled the Knights complacent after they copped a reality check on their NRL title plans in a 32-20 thrashing by North Queensland.
A day after O'Brien warned his team were not doing as well as they thought, the Knights looked lethargic and confused on Saturday afternoon against a rampaging Cowboys outfit devoid of some big stars.
With Michael Morgan and Valentine Holmes sidelined, experienced forwards Jason Taumalolo and Josh McGuire were ruthless up front against the favoured Knights' pack in Townsville.
Taumalolo in particular was immense, celebrating his 100th NRL win with 264 metres from 24 runs, 96 post-contact metres and 27 tackles.
Cronulla punish rudderless Manly in NRL
Cronulla have overturned one of the biggest hoodoos in the NRL, scoring a thumping 40-22 win over Manly in Gosford.
It was just the third time in 12 years the Sharks tasted victory over their bogey team but looked a class above in miserable conditions on Sunday afternoon at Central Coast Stadium.
And while the Sea Eagles were without stars Dylan Walker and Tom Trbojevic, their defence didn't shape up against a Sharks spine which had found its groove.
Shaun Johnson, Matt Moylan and Chad Townsend all set up tries in the first half to lead 18-6 at the break and, between them, had a hand in all seven of the Sharks' four-pointers.
Townsend had the best of them in the 54th minute with a miraculous catch and pass while falling, setting flying winger Sione Katoa up for his second try of the match.