NRL 2019: Brisbane Broncos players reportedly spotted gambling at pub prior to finals hammering

Dejected Broncos players following their drubbing by the Eels.
Dejected Broncos players following their drubbing by the Eels. Photo credit: Getty

The embattled Brisbane Broncos have come further under siege, with reports of players spotted at a bar gambling, the night before their record NRL playoff loss to the Eels.

According to Fox Sports, Broncos players Matt Gillett, Andrew McCullough, Payne Haas, David Fifita, Corey Oates and Anthony Milford were all at Harpoon Harry's hotel, near Sydney's Oxford Street, until late on Saturday night.

The players congregated in the pokies area of the pub. Fifita reportedly stayed playing the machines alone, once the rest of his teammates left the premises at approximately 11pm.

While there's no suggestion alcohol was involved, the team's culture was called further into question, after they fell to a 58-0 drubbing at the hands of the Eels the next day.

One of the pub's customers said he'd asked Milford what time his game was the next day.

"I knew the game started at 4pm," the source told Fox Sports. "But Milford turned to me and said: 'I think it’s at six, eh'.

"He wasn’t taking the piss, he was dead set."

Coach Anthony Seibold slammed the "embarrassing loss" and several club legends have joined that chorus of disapproval.

Trevor Gillmeister said the loss was "one of the worst I’ve ever seen" and Kevin Walters described it as "very humiliating".

The club is yet to comment on the matter.

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