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Broncos coach proud but not satisfied

By AAP Newswire

They may have only scraped into the NRL finals, but eighth-placed Brisbane have done enough to make coach Anthony Seibold swell with pride over his first - and at times tumultuous - season at the helm.

But Seibold says he is far from satisfied ahead of Sunday's elimination final against fifth-placed Parramatta at a sold out Bankwest Stadium.

The usually stoic Seibold gave a rare insight into the adversity the former South Sydney mentor had overcome since taking over the Broncos reins from Wayne Bennett after a messy coaching swap.

Seibold admitted he had heard the critics who seemed to take aim at his every turn in 2019.

Before even arriving, he came under fire from Broncos old boys for being appointed over favourite son Kevin Walters.

Then there were his controversial calls, most notably his decision to switch five-eighth Anthony Milford and fullback Darius Boyd, as well as releasing NSW centre James Roberts to the Rabbitohs.

But Seibold said it only made their finals finish all the more gratifying, despite the Broncos limping into eighth spot following a shock last round loss to Canterbury.

"I am proud of the group and staff for sticking solid," Seibold said.

"We've had criticism over the year, me personally as well.

"But I have worked really hard and all I am trying to do is my best.

"People can make comments but in my first two years as a head coach, I am really proud of the fact that both teams I have coached have managed to make the finals.

"But I am not satisfied."

Seibold also paid tribute to his players and staff for the way they had stared down adversity, admitting their year could have gone pear shaped after a horror 2-6 season start.

Thanks to young guns David Fifita and Payne Haas, Brisbane sparked a late season revival to win six games and earn a draw in their final 10 games to seal a finals berth.

"I am really proud of the group for sticking solid. The season could have really unravelled at stages there," Seibold said.

"The players and staff haven't blinked. There are some more areas we need to improve as a club but I am proud of what they have achieved to make the eight."

Seibold has now demanded Brisbane ignore their poor 1-4 Sydney record this year and find another gear in their elimination final.

"Knockout footy is a different beast. You either do your job or you die," he said.

"I have got a little saying, you don't want to be the richest guy in the cemetery so we will put it all out there on the line tomorrow.

"We will go down there with an attitude to making it a contest but we can talk about it all we want - I want to see some actions."