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Broncos coach demands response to NRL rout


It looms as a make or break game for Brisbane's NRL finals hopes.

But coach Anthony Seibold simply wants to see a response from his battered side in Thursday night's away clash with North Queensland after last round's 40-4 loss to Melbourne.

The 10th-placed Broncos sit one point out of the top eight and need to win to stay in the finals mix.

However, when asked if Brisbane were playing for their season in Townsville, Seibold said: "I haven't thought about that at all.

"We have had a very narrow focus on the Cowboys.

"There is no excuse for that (display against Melbourne). It certainly wasn't good enough ... but I am sick of talking about it - I want to see some actions."

Brisbane have not been helped by veteran back-rower Matt Gillett remaining sidelined with a back injury.

Not sighted since round 15, Gillett had hoped to return against the Cowboys but was overlooked again after experiencing lower back spasms.

Seibold could not give a date for Queensland forward Gillett's comeback match.

"As far as Gillo is concerned, it is a week by week thing," he said.

"We sort of thought he would be back next week but he wasn't. Then this week, we thought (he'd be back) but it has taken a little longer than what the medical staff had hoped.

"Obviously, it is frustrating for Gillo. It's disappointing for us as a team because we do miss his experience.

"But in situations like this, the welfare of the player comes first."

Seibold admitted it had been a turbulent first year as Broncos coach.

But Seibold was confident he was on the right track with utility Jake Turpin becoming the latest to commit his future, re-signing on Tuesday for another three seasons.

"There was a lot of competition for Turps. There were a number of clubs who made him significant offers," he said.

"But he stayed here because he can see where we are going and the things we are putting in place."

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