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Renouf blasts ‘soft, privileged knobs’ at Broncos, Albo to Cook up COVID help for Bunnies




Broncos legend Steve Renouf has taken aim at any Brisbane players who were put out by coach Kevin Walters’ post-game spray by calling them “soft, privileged knobs”.

In the wake of reports that some members of the team were upset about getting a bake from the coach after their 53-6 capitulation at the hands of Parramatta, the former international took to social media to tell them to not be so sensitive.

“Precious soft privileged knobs! Toughen up boys!” he wrote on Twitter.

Brisbane dropped to ninth on percentages after the loss and need to thrash the Dragons or hope Canberra lose to the Wests Tigers in the final round to qualify for the playoffs about being in the top four a month ago.

“The Pearl” was an integral member of Brisbane’s four premierships in the 1990s and he was not the only former player disgusted with the team’s reaction to Walters giving them a well-deserved serve.

Former Broncos captain Gorden Tallis said the coach had a right to unload on the players after such an inspid performance.

“It’s a high-pressure situation where at the moment what do you want them to say?” he said on Triple M.

“Whoever those two who whinged and whoever they whinged to, that boke (Walters) should just write a line through them because if I found out and I’m in that organisation, I don’t want to play with that guy. 

“If I got called soft, my response is I’m going to prove him wrong.”

His Triple M stablemate Mark Geyer slammed the “entitlement of young players these days”.

“I agree 100% with what Gordie says. If you get called soft you go and atone, I want to prove you wrong coach. It’s something that mirrors society.”

Geyer said it was “unbelievable” that the Broncos had plummeted to ninth on the back of four losses from their past five outings.

Albo’s inside knowledge to benefit Bunnies

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese could be the secret weapon for South Sydney in their Allianz Stadium blockbuster against the Roosters on Friday night.

Star hooker Damien Cook is in doubt to play in the clash which will decide which of the two teams hosts a sudden-death final in week one of the playoffs.

Cook tested positive to COVID-19 on Saturday morning and was ruled out of the win over the Cowboys later that night.

Damien Cook takes a run in the NRL grand final

(Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Under existing rules he would need to serve a seven-day isolation period before being allowed to play again, however the Sydney Morning Herald has reported the PM has tipped off the Rabbitohs about a potential change.

National cabinet will meet on Wednesday with the isolation period set to be reduced to five days, which could mean Cook suits up against the Roosters.

Both teams are locked on 28 competition points and guaranteed a playoff berth but the winner will finish fifth or sixth and earn hosting rights for the playoff opener.





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