Coaches Anthony Seibold and Trent Robinson have engaged in a heated war of words following the 26-16 victory by the Brisbane Broncos over the Sydney Roosters on Thursday night. The match was filled with intense moments, including controversial incidents and the sin-binning of Manly prop Toafofoa Sipley due to repeated rule violations. After the game, NRL Match Review Committee charged Roosters player Nathan Brown with a grade two careless high tackle offense, which could result in a one-match ban if he pleads guilty, or a two-match ban if he contests and loses the charge.
He specifically questioned the decision to sin-bin Sipley, considering that the Roosters had committed more penalties for similar offenses. Seibold expressed his frustration during the post-match press conference, stating, “They (the Roosters) obviously come with a deliberate plan to take any momentum out of the game, I thought.” He further highlighted the discrepancy, saying, “The thing that was quite strange, I know Nathan Brown got sent off but that was for foul play, but our sixth penalty of the night (when) Toff Sipley (gave away) a yardage penalty for staying in the tackle too long, gets sin-binned. I didn’t quite understand that.”
Seibold attributed the impact of the “stop-start game” on the Sea Eagles‘ performance, as there were numerous penalties and six-again calls that disrupted the rhythm of play. Despite the challenges, Seibold acknowledged the Roosters‘ strong strategy, stating, “It certainly hurt the rhythm of how we wanted to play our footy but they came with a good plan so credit to them.”
During the Roosters‘ post-match press conference, Robinson was informed about Seibold’s remarks and asked about his team’s game plan to counteract quick play-the-balls from the Sea Eagles. In response, Robinson bluntly denied having any such plan, stating, “Not at all. I don’t think there was any, that wasn’t the area of penalties. I don’t think that was a concern.” He emphasised that Manly was focused on shifting the ball from side to side rather than attempting quick play-the-balls, asserting, “That wasn’t the area of where the penalties were given anyway, so I think that’s way off the mark.”