The Bulldogs will more than likely finish the season with the NRL’s dreaded wooden spoon but the Broncos are the NRL’s worst team, says league great Peter Sterling.
With two regular season games left in the revised season, the Bulldogs sit last on four points with Brisbane only one win better on six points.
The Broncos had a chance to all but guarantee their safety from the bottom of the ladder against the Titans last round but Justin Holbrook’s men proved why they’re currently Queensland’s best team with an 18-6 victory.
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After arguably the worst season in the club’s history, fans have turned on the Broncos, with one supporter raising a banner at CBUS Super Stadium reading: “Broncos QLD’s shame”.
Speaking on Wide World of Sports’ Sterlo’s Wrap, the Eels great said it was “tough” for players to be confronted by such images after an arduous season but understood the frustrations of supporters. However, he conceded the Broncos have nobody to blame but themselves.
“That’s tough, but fans they pay their money and have every right to vent your frustration. That certainly doesn’t help,” Sterling said.
“The Brisbane Broncos have played their way into that type of derision.”
Brisbane finish the year with clashes against Parramatta and the Cowboys while the Bulldogs face off against Souths and Penrith.
Unless Canterbury pull off a couple of upsets against much stronger opponents, the family club will finish last. Yet the stats tell a different story.
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Canterbury have scored 16 points more than the Broncos and conceded 120 points less. If not for an extra win, the Broncos would sit last because of their far inferior points differential.
Sterling argues that despite not sitting in 16th spot, the Broncos are “statistically the worst team in the competition”.
“They probably won’t finish with the wooden spoon but they deserve to. To me the success of your season is in your against column,” Sterling said.
“How many points you concede is a sign of your attitude and the way you turn up every week. (They’ve conceded) 566 points this year.
“The Canterbury Bulldogs may well get the spoon because they’re running out of time.
“They’ve looked more competitive in a lot of matches than the Brisbane Broncos. They’ve scored less than Canterbury as well.”