Korbin Sims reacts to Brisbane’s shock finals loss on Sunday.
Korbin Sims reacts to Brisbane’s shock finals loss on Sunday.

Thaiday defends Bronco teammate's brain fade

KORBIN Sims' final game in the Broncos jersey was one to forget.

After conceding three penalties in the first half, including a shocking spear tackle on Dragons forward Blake Lawrie, Sims was replaced with 25 minutes to go and appeared furious on the bench as the Broncos were romped 48-18 in the elimination final at Suncorp Stadium.

However, retiring Brisbane legend Sam Thaiday has leapt to the defence of the 26-year-old prop, using his typical humour to take the heat out of the moment.

"Korbin was just trying to stand up for the team and play his role and his part," Thaiday said.

"He's going to be a fantastic player going forward in the future. It's disappointing it's not going to be at the Broncos. It won't be too long until he pulls that Queensland jersey on, which is a bit weird because his brother plays in New South Wales, but that's OK. I was born down there too."

Sims has signed a three-year deal with the Dragons from 2019, joining brother Tariq at the club where eldest brother Ashton made his NRL debut back in 2003.

The Dragons' second-rower ran riot over his younger sibling on Sunday night, actually bumping off him to score his third try of the game - his first-ever hat-trick.

While Korbin bowed out of the finals with one of the worst performances of his career, Tariq stunned with his best.

Unsurprisingly, Tariq was supportive of his brother and said he relished their final time as NRL opponents.

"I wish I got to play against my older brother [Ashton] but it was never the things he said,

"Korbin is a great competitor and he's a great defensive tackler. He got under Leeson Ah Mau and tipped him on his back, which I've never, ever seen in Leeson's whole career.

"He runs hard, you saw unfortunately James Graham got knocked out early.

"He's a very strong runner and I'm very glad we've acquired him for our team next year."