Reece Walsh of the Brisbane Broncos has been suspended for three matches after swearing at referee Chris Butler during their recent loss to the Titans. Broncos coach Kevin Walters, however, insists that Walsh does not have any ongoing behavioral issues with officials. Judiciary counsel Patrick Knowles presented several incidents leading up to Walsh’s outburst, highlighting his approach to argue decisions with the referee.
Walters is confident that this incident has been dealt with appropriately and won’t be a problem going forward. The Dolphins coach, Wayne Bennett, agrees with the ban and questions whether Walsh will learn from this experience.
With Walsh out, Tristan Sailor will take over as fullback for the Broncos. Walters is excited for Sailor’s second game with the club and believes he showed great skill in their previous match against the Warriors. The Broncos are currently level with the Panthers and Storm on 24 competition points, putting them in a strong position to finish inside the top four this year. However, they are keen to avoid a repeat of last year’s late-season collapse that saw them miss out on the top eight.
Patrick Carrigan will be shifting to an edge position to help the Broncos cope with a back-row crisis. He will start the game on the edge, where good decision-making is crucial, before potentially moving into the middle later in the match.
The Broncos are facing the loss of starters Kurt Capewell and Jordan Riki due to injury. Carrigan’s move will allow him to showcase his abilities in a different position. The coach expects Riki to be out for 6-8 weeks, while prop Tom Flegler will be sidelined for up to six weeks as well. Despite the extended absences, Walters is confident that the team will manage with upcoming byes and rest periods. This presents an opportunity for the young players to stake their claim in the team.