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Silly to blame Broncos halves: Boyd

AAP logoAAP 25/07/2016 By Laine Clark

At least fullback Darius Boyd can see the funny side of things during Brisbane's NRL form slump.

Boyd on Monday couldn't help but laugh when asked if Anthony Milford and Ben Hunt's poor form was behind the Broncos' rotten run of six losses in eight games.

"It's funny how everyone bags the halves," Boyd said.

"It's pretty silly to blame two guys for a loss in form.

"We are all accountable."

But Milford expected to be targeted by critics after early leaders Brisbane slumped to sixth spot ahead of Thursday's away NRL clash with second-last Sydney Roosters.

"Any halves in a team that is going that way will get the same criticism in the NRL," Milford said.

"We need to steer the team a bit better, point them in the right direction and that will start on Thursday night."

Milford and Hunt were dominant early this season but have faded during the State of Origin period.

Their job won't be made any easier against the Roosters with the expected loss of Test forwards Sam Thaiday and Josh McGuire to suspension.

Thaiday was charged with a dangerous throw on Bryce Cartwright in Brisbane's shock 31-12 loss to Penrith at Suncorp Stadium last Friday night.

Fellow Queensland forward McGuire was hit with a dangerous contact charge for his tackle on Josh Mansour.

Both have carry over points but will escape with a one-match ban with an early plea.

But five-eighth Milford believes it is simply a matter of time before the Broncos halves fire again.

"I believe so. We just need that belief in ourselves," he said.

Brisbane are sixth on a congested NRL ladder in which three wins separate the fifth-placed Bulldogs and the 11th-placed Dragons, with six rounds left.

A win will help keep the Broncos' top four hopes alive.

An upset loss against the Roosters and they will be in danger of missing the top eight entirely.

"We need to get our season back on track, get that belief back that we will be a strong force in the finals," Milford said.

Test forward Matt Gillett (shoulder) is expected back while the other pack vacancy created by suspension may be filled by Herman Ese'ese.

"I have been told we are going to be missing those guys but that is okay," Brisbane captain Corey Parker said of Thaiday and McGuire.

"We will put people in those roles and expect them to do a job."

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