-NEWS- 2020 spines ranked

McHunt

NRL Player
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Sunshine Coast
Paul Crawley ranks the 2020 spines in tomorrow's Courier Mail, with the Broncos coming in 13th, above the Tigers, Bulldogs, and the Titans.

Roosters, Storm, Raiders, Rabbitohs, Sea Eagles, Cowboys, Dragons, Knights, Eels, Warriors, Sharks & Panthers sit above us, in that order.

13TH BRISBANE BRONCOS

1. Jamayne Isaako
6. Anthony Milford
7. Brodie Croft
9. Jake Turpin/Andrew McCullough

CRAWLEY SAYS:

"Anthony Seibold has potentially gambled his coaching future on achieving what Craig Bellamy could not with Croft in Melbourne. Given the youth of the Broncos’ likely spine and the fact Isaako, Milford and Turpin are all instinctive players, the pressure will be on Croft to conduct perhaps the most naturally brilliant roster in the league. His inability to do so is believed to be the reason Bellamy let him go. It is no good having the best crop of young players in the competition if the team lacks direction."
 

Alec

International Rep
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There are big question marks on pretty much everyone in that spine.
Will Isaako be a ball hog? Will Milford actually reverse his downward trajectory as a player? Will Croft actually give us what we need? Will Turpin be able to be consistently good?
 

holdzy89

NRL Captain
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There are big question marks on pretty much everyone in that spine.
Will Isaako be a ball hog? Will Milford actually reverse his downward trajectory as a player? Will Croft actually give us what we need? Will Turpin be able to be consistently good?
Downward trajectory as a player lol **** off.
 

holdzy89

NRL Captain
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Milford 2015-early 2016: Great
Milford 2018: Not as good
Milford 2019: Even more "not as good"

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2018 = our best player.

I'll allow him one under par year. Regardless of his 2015 year in a team with Parker and Hodges, Hunt at his peak etc.

That's not a 'downward trajectory' - that's an anomaly. With mitigating factors.

Your questions over Croft and Turpin are valid.
 

jamesbrandy

BRL Player
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CRAWLEY SAYS:

"Anthony Seibold has potentially gambled his coaching future on achieving what Craig Bellamy could not with Croft in Melbourne. Given the youth of the Broncos’ likely spine and the fact Isaako, Milford and Turpin are all instinctive players, the pressure will be on Croft to conduct perhaps the most naturally brilliant roster in the league. His inability to do so is believed to be the reason Bellamy let him go. It is no good having the best crop of young players in the competition if the team lacks direction."
Croft wasn't given the opportunity to conduct in Melbourne. That job was handled by one C. Smith who didn't allow Croft to play a proper half backs game.
 

007

NRL Player
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13th is a bit harsh, but if it fires its top 1-3, if it fails, its spuds for sure.
 

holdzy89

NRL Captain
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He peaked in 2016 and has been progressively worse ever since. That's a downward trend.
Disagree.

His kicking game was close to the best in 2018. He changed his game out of necessity. He didn't peak in 2016, bullshit.

He filled Hunt's void (giggity) in 2016, so it stood out more.

He is a better player now than he was in 2015. Injuries, bad karma and a dose of ego have dampened his impact.
 

kooly87

NRL Player
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TBH I don't think 13th was too unfair. We have a brand new spine so realistically it has zero runs on the board and a lot of unknown variables.

There are one or two club spines above us that you could argue are pretty mediocre (Warriors, Panthers) but they all have at least one proven gun so that probably puts them in front of us for now, but we definitely have the potential to seriously climb those rankings if a few things cluck for us.

FTR I'd also knock the Dragons down to only just above us if they move McInnes to the Back Row.
 
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big k

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Yeah for our spine to be ranked 13th... bit of a joke really. Once I saw thd likes of Penrith, Cowboys, Knights and Dragons rated more highly I stopped reading.
 

kooly87

NRL Player
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1,393
Yeah for our spine to be ranked 13th... bit of a joke really. Once I saw thd likes of Penrith, Cowboys, Knights and Dragons rated more highly I stopped reading.
Cowboys have Holmes and Morgan, proven guns, Granville who is pretty good, and they have Drinkwater who is a highly rated youungster who already has some runs on the board. They're easily in front of us.

Knights have Ponga, an absolute star, alongside Pearce who's perhaps not elite, but his club form is usually excellent, as well as Watson who is very handy too, so again, easily in front of us.

Dragons have Hunt and Norman who have played Origin, and McInnes who is one of the top 5 Dummy Halves in the game. They're pretty comfortably in front of us too.

Penrith are the only one I could probably argue is only just above us, because Cleary is the only real gun they have, but Edwards is a pretty strong Fullback too when in form so they have that in their favour.

Every side above us has at least one gun spine player, and some have several. We possibly have Milford, but it's been a while since he's played like a gun. All the others are mostly unproven at this point, so I think 13th is about right.
 
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