-NEWS- Broncos coach insists Milford best at No 1.

JAHHW

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We looked horrible to start the season with milf and kodi and Kevvie put it in the too hard basket.
He obviously knew that; under your assessment criteria and sans surname Bennett, success is required instantly otherwise failure, without any chance of remedy, is declared within a month.

Safe to say the pressure must have got to him.
 

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He obviously knew that; under your assessment criteria and sans surname Bennett, success is required instantly otherwise failure, without any chance of remedy, is declared within a month.

Safe to say the pressure must have got to him.
No. Wayne didn't want to let Kevie too close to our attack because if the improved it would of been because of Kevie and not Bennett. He is threatened by Kev, so he put him in a box
 

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No. Wayne didn't want to let Kevie too close to our attack because if the improved it would of been because of Kevie and not Bennett. He is threatened by Kev, so he put him in a box
Funny thing about this is that Bennett normally looks after the defensive side of things, pretty sure he doesn't do much in attack. But yeah, make up what you want to please yourself.
 

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Maybe Wayne thought Kevie couldn’t coach Qld and do his job at the Broncos so he punted him the first time. Then Kevie thought he could do both jobs so he came back but realised that Wayne was right all along so left again. I know that’s actually what both of them were saying at the time so it’s unlikely to be true but we should at least consider it.
 

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Funny thing about this is that Bennett normally looks after the defensive side of things, pretty sure he doesn't do much in attack. But yeah, make up what you want to please yourself.
Didn’t wayne have his fingers in every pie for season 2017-2018?
 

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Brisbane captain Darius Boyd calls time on Broncos fullback career
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Darius Boyd concedes his days as a fullback are over, with the Broncos captain committed to finishing his decorated NRL career in the unfamiliar No.6 jumper.
Boyd, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on Wednesday, will chalk up another milestone when he equals Broncos legend Petero Civoniceva with his 309th NRL game in Brisbane’s clash against Canterbury at Suncorp Stadium.
It took 306 career games for Boyd to be shifted to five-eighth, but after 13 years as a winger or fullback who dabbled in the odd game at centre, the skipper is content in the Broncos No.6 jumper made famous by Wally Lewis.
When Boyd returned to the Broncos under Wayne Bennett in 2015, he was considered such a selection untouchable in the backfield - his official Broncos backpack even has the number “1” emblazoned on it.
Darius Boyd (left) celebrates scoring against the Warriors. Picture: AAP Darius Boyd (left) celebrates scoring against the Warriors. Picture: AAP But the former Queensland Origin ace could be due for a new training kit next season, with Boyd admitting he is unlikely to again wear the No.1 jumper in which he won the Clive Churchill Medal for the Dragons in the 2010 grand final.
Asked if his days at fullback were over, Boyd said: “I suppose, yes.
“‘Seibs’ (Broncos coach Anthony Seibold) wants to keep this (positional switch) moving forward and I don’t look at it in a negative way.
“It is a cool challenge for me to be honest.
“I have played 300 games, mostly at fullback with a bit of wing and centre. I had never played five-eighth before in the NRL, except in a trial game.
“I thought my game was good (against the Warriors last Saturday night) and I think I can build on that.”
The Milford-Boyd switch looks set to stay. The Milford-Boyd switch looks set to stay. His cohort in the “Big Broncos Switch”, Anthony Milford, plays his third game at fullback against the Bulldogs and Boyd believes Brisbane’s $1 million man can play for Queensland and Australia in the No.1 jumper.
“Milf has done some amazing things as a five-eighth but he has only played fullback twice this year and in both games he has been strong,” Boyd said.
“We ask him to do a lot because he is returning kicks and putting kicks in general play as well.
“He is only going to get better and has all the ability to play fullback at rep level too if Kevvie (Walters, Queensland coach) and Mal (Meninga, Australia coach) think he is best for the job.”
Will Boyd finish career at No.6? Picture: AAP Will Boyd finish career at No.6? Picture: AAP Boyd’s last-line defence has been savaged this season but he put his body on the line against the Warriors.
He made a career-high 30 tackles, including a trysaver on flying 108kg back-rower Isaiah Papali’i, and missed just one, evidence he has the size at 96kg and bravery to handle frontline duties.
“I have always liked defence and backed my defensive ability,” he said.
“I know there has been a bit of criticism around that of me personally this year but it’s not through a lack of effort.
“There were different situations in games where I know the reasons why (he missed tackles) and I have looked over some tapes as to why I made those misses or wrong reads.
“Defending is one of my strong suits, so I think I can build on that performance.
“There are no excuses from the Newcastle game but I did get shifted around a bit (also moving to centre).
“I wanted to get involved early (against the Warriors), defend well and do my role for the team and I thought it worked well.”
Boyd's days at fullback are over
 
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I've always thought he was a fullback, but we were kinda forced to use him as a 5/8th because of Boyd and just a general lack of halves at the time.

I don't think his development has been anywhere near as good as we were all expecting. To be honest, in his best season in 2015, he still seemed to play more like a modern fullback than a modern half. Since then the Broncos have been trying to turn him into something he's clearly not.
This was a WB decision that I didn't agree with, turning Milford into a 5/8. I always thought Milf was a bit too small for the job and not that he didn't possess the skills. I demurred because I'd seen WB turn the bigger Locky into a world class 5/8 and couldn't condemn the great man for setting such a course for Milf. I feel as though I was right and WB got it wrong but the Sun shines even on a dog's arse from time to time!
 

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I have a feeling Milf will have a second stint in the halves and the move to fullback could be more about resetting his mindset.

Since at least 2017 Milf has been looking like he's trying to play as a game managing halfback and forgotten how to play eyes up footy.

A stint back at fullback could be what he needs to reset his thinking with an eventual move back to the halves.

Provided Dearden comes off with his halves play and can take ownership of the team I think Milf playing as a 2nd receiver 5/8 with his improved kicking and a reset back to run first football could be a lethal half moving forward.
I'm thinking it won't be Dearden in the future but O'Sullivan. We looked reasonable with Dearden but SOS made me realise halfbacks play rugby league too! Zippy runs, control, direction, support play, kicks,angry ants telling gorillas what to do and exactly fucking when I say to do it...great stuff. It was like we simply had omitted the halfback role for years and years and some generic roustabout role as a link between the left and right sides. SOS got me excited that we had a little general again.
 
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I'm thinking it won't be Dearden in the future but O'Sullivan. We looked reasonable with Dearden but SOS made me realise halfbacks play rugby league too! Zippy runs, control, direction, support play, kicks,angry ants telling gorillas what to do and exactly fucking when I say to do it...great stuff. It was like we simply had omitted the halfback role for years and years and some generic roustabout role as a link between the left and right sides. SOS got me excited that we had a little general again.
Pity he was injured so soon. Tom still might have a fight on his hands.
 

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Surely this is only a stop gap for the year.. but in a way I prefer Boyd in the front line as it forces him to make an effort rather than just plodding along at fullback where he can just “fall over”
 

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I'm thinking it won't be Dearden in the future but O'Sullivan. We looked reasonable with Dearden but SOS made me realise halfbacks play rugby league too! Zippy runs, control, direction, support play, kicks,angry ants telling gorillas what to do and exactly fucking when I say to do it...great stuff. It was like we simply had omitted the halfback role for years and years and some generic roustabout role as a link between the left and right sides. SOS got me excited that we had a little general again.
No doubt that SOS was impressive in that game against sharks... also nothing that he was one of the few pushing up hard against eels as well, but I'm still on the fence about his long term future as a full fledged NRL halfback.

In the sharks he made a lot of half breaks but I can't recall him making a clean break with his speed or a break with his strength. Also his long kicking wasn't quite as long or penetrating as the top halves. That suggests he may not have the physical attributes to perform in the NRL... yet. He's kind of a Jack of all trades but master of none and would be handy as a second half to a top tier half like DCE.

Dearden to me is a bit like a Ben Hunt lite... he has shown a tendency to hit the line and used his strength to bust tackles. His defence is also strong. He looks more traditional at halfback with the ball in his hands actually asking some questions of the defensive line compared to Hunt though... probably like Hunt was in 2014/15. Current Hunt doesn't want to go anywhere near the line it seems.

Dearden doesn't seem to have the same speed as Hunt though and I'm yet to be convinced of his kicking game.

I'm interested to see Dearden at the back end of the year because he just started increasing his role before getting injured so I don't think he's had a chance to play with any sort of responsibility at this stage.
 

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SOS and deardon are difficult to compare at the moment as they were asked to play different roles.

Deardon was their to support milf and probably given instructions to keep it simple. Just make your tackles, organise your side and kick when you are needed.

However SOS really came in when milf was out and asked to do a lot more.

The right side defence seemed more secure with deardon on it but it is hard to put in down to him given how much we have had to chop and change.

SOS did seem the more confident giving direction so even if he takes the lead, deardon is only 18 and still has a lot of maturing and learning to do.

Unless we go into the market, i would not be upset with deardon and SOS (or paix) at 7 and 6. As they are not demanding 1 mil, it could allow them to develop a halve combination together long term which is rarely seen these days.
 
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I have not analysed either player but to me SOS looks like a halfback the manner in which he is applying himself.
 

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The one thing I noticed last week is Boyd can read the game very well, in that he generally knows when to rush someone and shut down the play. I think that’s where his wing play has been helpful. Credit where it’s due, he did make some crucial tackles or first contacts.

But you just cannot have someone at 5/8th that will only tackle
 

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The one thing I noticed last week is Boyd can read the game very well, in that he generally knows when to rush someone and shut down the play. I think that’s where his wing play has been helpful. Credit where it’s due, he did make some crucial tackles or first contacts.

But you just cannot have someone at 5/8th that will only tackle
Credit to him, he does read the game and opposition attacking structures pretty well and is a good talker. This is why WB moved him to left centre for a few games last year when our left side (milf, kahu and oates) was leaking points.

When our halves are fit, i think the centre position may be likely for him. But when bird is fit, who knows.
 

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