Oates cops brutal form assessment
Brisbane winger Corey Oates says he accepts responsibility for his poor form at clubland during the Origin period and has vowed to finish the season strong.
Oates was criticised for his lacklustre efforts during the Round 14 game against Parramatta and the Round 15 clash with Newcastle, where he made a combined five errors and three missed tackles.
Broncos coach Anthony Seibold was even forced to step in and give the Maroons representative a "kick up the backside" to improve his game at club level.
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After sitting out the round 17 game against the Warriors, the star winger has returned to form - scoring three tries in the past two matches and a combined 412 running metres.
It comes as Brisbane prepare for one of their most important clashes this weekend when they host top-of-the-table Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
Oates admitted he had his eyes set on becoming an even better player as the Broncos continue their late surge into finals contention.
"(Seibold) just said, the Origin period got to me a little bit and I can't disagree," Oates said.
"I didn't have my best games in that period.
"I'm not going to argue with him. That was on me, that's on no one else. That was all for me to change and fix up and that's what I'm going to be doing for the rest of the year.
"(Origin) probably takes its toll on some players and I don't think I felt it as much as I did this year.
"I don't know what happened but it's gone now and I can move on and just improve on our performances.
"I feel like I've got a bit more to improve and I'll be trying to do that this week."
The Broncos sit in the top eight for the first time since March following their 34-12 defeat of the Titans on Saturday night. They now face the possibility of making the finals after slumping to 13th position on the ladder just a month ago.
Oates said the team was continually improving each week.
"It's been a good couple weeks but there's still a lot more improvement in my game going forward," he said.
"I'm just going to do more and more each week and try and help the team out as much as I can.
"Take the tough carries, get a roll on, trying to get the quick play-the-balls and just trying to talk and communicate with the edge.