NEWS Fittler's challenge to rising NRL star

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    Brad Fittler urges Payne Haas to stand up to NRL enforcers

    December 22, 2018

    NSW Origin coach Brad Fittler has delivered a simple message to hulking Blues hopeful Payne Haas: “Don’t let the old blokes stand over you.”

    Despite having only played three NRL games, Haas, 19, is looming as one the most exciting storylines of next year thanks to his 117kg frame, natural athleticism and promise, which have resulted in him being listed as an Emerging Blue.

    Outstanding on debut for the Brisbane Broncos in round eight this year, Haas churned through 86m and 13 tackles in his 21 minutes against South Sydney, prompting Channel 9’s Phil Gould to say: “You’re seeing the birth of a superstar.”

    However, the following week against Canterbury at Suncorp Stadium, the 194cm wrecking ball was floored in a crunching tackle by Bulldogs enforcer and incumbent Blues tough Dave Klemmer.

    The hit was shuddering enough to leave the teenager concussed and with an ankle injury.

    Fittler said it would now be up to the young Bronco, who was born in Newcastle, to ready himself for similar challenges next year and prove he is among the competition’s toughest nuts.

    “Payne Haas is an incredible talent,” Fittler said.

    “He showed plenty of potential this season … but then Dave Klemmer went and knocked him out.

    “That was a case of an old-timer standing over him, getting the better of him.

    “So next year for Payne, it’s now about not letting an older bloke stand over him. It’s about him getting out there and being the No. 1 front-rower.”

    While Fittler has no shortage of Origin bookends — think Klemmer, Paul Vaughan, Aaron Woods, Jordan McLean, Matthew Lodge and Reagan Campbell-Gillard — he insisted the “freakish” Haas was a future representative player.

    Having already worked with Haas for years in the NSW Pathways system, Fittler also has no doubt the young Bronco can be an NRL force in what will still effectively be his rookie season.

    “Because you’re talking about an unbelievable athlete who is going to be part of a really good, young team up there in Brisbane,” Fittler said.

    “I can still remember the first time I saw Payne, watching him do some testing we were conducting for the NSW Pathways.

    “He was only 15 but already he was incredible.

    “Big, strong and better than everyone else — some of whom were six years older than him.

    “And Payne is still doing it now. He’s a freak.”

    While Origin may still seem a long way off for Haas, Fittler’s decision to include 11 new faces for the opening game this year — and the selection of Cronulla’s Matt Prior for game two — ensured every invited member of his Emerging Blues squad presented for training last Thursday.

    “I think they all understand there is real opportunity here,” Fittler said.

    “Form, it comes and goes. So what we need are 20 players who are primed and ready.”

    Source: Courier Mail
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  1. teampjta

    teampjta NYC Player

    At this rate it’s only a matter of time before we’ll be known as the NSW Broncos
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  2. Marty Deutschmann

    Marty Deutschmann NRL Player


    3 Roberts
    4 Bird

    8 Haas
    10 Lodge
    13 TPJ

    14 Fafita
    15 Staggs
  3. Jedhead

    Jedhead QCup Player

    Damn I thought Fafita was ours.
  4. Foordy


    please refer to @Unbreakable@Unbreakable signature :P

    p.s. Fifita is a Queenslander according to the QRL website
  5. Jedhead

    Jedhead QCup Player

    Thanks for that. I'm glad we cleared that up.
    Right it's a cool Xmas eve morning, I only have the grass to cut and leaf blow and I'm ready for the madness of feeding the family and friends.
    Spare a thought for those that are less fortunate than yourself. To all the BHQ'ers - A Merry Crimbo and all the best for the coming New Year.
  6. big k

    big k QCup Player

    The Klemmer "hit" was nade out to be more than it was, Haas was falling into the tackle and got collected in the head, but it was a good hit
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  7. Marty Deutschmann

    Marty Deutschmann NRL Player

    I saw he was in the emerging blues??
  8. broncos4life

    broncos4life International Rep

    Broncos4life's challenge to Fittler, shut the **** up.
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  9. Foordy


    from the qrl website a list of the QLD eligible players that play for us, it is actually a bit sad that we no longer have the longest list of QLD eligible players:


  10. 1910

    1910 State of Origin Rep

    Qld Under 16 co-captain.
    Qld Under 18 captain.
    Qld Murri team-Captain
    Named for Qld Under 20 but NRL commitments kept him out.

    2018 QRL rep player of the year.
  11. Marty Deutschmann

    Marty Deutschmann NRL Player

    My mistake. I legit thought I saw his name on the list

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