Five things we learned: David Fifita deserves a 10-year contract

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Five things we learned: David Fifita deserves a 10-year contract
Chris Honnery,
The Courier-Mail


We learned plenty about both clubs during the grudge match at Suncorp Stadium, including that the Bunnies are still partial to an elbow to the back of the head. Here’s the other things we learned from the match.

BENNY’S PLAYMAKING RULES
1. Wayne Bennett is no longer coach of the Broncos but he taught them a serious lesson in playmaking last night. The Rabbitohs’ spine ran riot around the Broncos in last night’s heated clash at Suncorp Stadium. If Brisbane are any hope of playing finals footy, they need to take a leaf out of Souths playmaking playbook and work on their spine combination.

David Fifita continues to impress. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England

David Fifita continues to impress. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England

FIFITA IS A TOTAL BEAST
2. The Broncos should give David Fifita a 10-year contract. His two solo tries were simply brutally beautiful and it kept the Broncos in the contest. The Warriors and Eels are keen to poach Fifita but Brisbane should break the bank to keep him. He tormented Souths. Fifita is one of the best back-rowers to emerge in 20 years.

GILLET’S RETURN WELCOMED
3. Welcome back to the NRL Matt Gillett. The experience of the Broncos workhorse was dearly missed in the past two months and he stepped up when it counted last night. He broke through the Rabbitohs defensive line in the 76th minute to send Kotoni Staggs over to score which set up one of the most thrilling ends to a game this season.

BUNNIES PLAY IT FILTHY
4. Ex-Broncos duo James Roberts and Jaydn Su’A were in the thick of the action. The Souths recruits were both placed on report and sin-binned, Roberts for elbowing Corey Oates and Su’A for crunching Alex Glenn. Both were fired-up to make an impression against the club that didn’t want them.

O’SULLIVAN HOLDS HIS OWN
5. Brisbane’s playmaking stocks were plunged into crisis when Jake Turpin was suspended and Tom Dearden ruled out for the season with injury. However, young gun Sean O’Sullivan stepped up last night in a challenging contest. He set up two tries and ran for 54m.
 
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rnabokov

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Wayne Bennett didn't build Souths spine, he is just benefiting from somebody elses work. Wayne Bennett built the spine that we a suffering with at the moment.
It's also the case that Bennett is benefitting from innate skill and talent, especially Cook. Not much coaching needed to get Cook to do what he does.

As far as I am concerned, Bennett's inaction and reluctance to recruit has screwed us, and all to do with keeping his adopted son Dariu$$$ in silk underwear and Macca as well.

In any case, if the Broncos lose Fifita, it would be simply criminal and heads should roll.
 
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No aside from Niko leaving it is still the same personel. The only thing that has changed is Seibs trying to make a sik purse from a pig's ear.

It's still WB's spine we're trying to limp along with.
No it’s not.

He’s shit at making purses if that’s the case. At the risk of this deteriorating into another seibold v Bennett argument Wayne managed to get a lot more out of these players than anthony has been able to.

They’ve both coached the same teams with the same spine players and it’s now 4-0 to Wayne. Perhaps it’s not the players.
 

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No it’s not.

He’s shit at making purses if that’s the case. At the risk of this deteriorating into another seibold v Bennett argument Wayne managed to get a lot more out of these players than anthony has been able to.

They’ve both coached the same teams with the same spine players and it’s now 4-0 to Wayne. Perhaps it’s not the players.
Name the anchors equal to Boyd and Macca that Wayne is dealing with. I think even the most biased posters can see it's pretty obvious we were are dealing with at least a 50% shithouse spine we were left with. One spine has Damian Cook and Adam Reynolds, the other Macca and Boyd.
 

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No it’s not.

He’s shit at making purses if that’s the case. At the risk of this deteriorating into another seibold v Bennett argument Wayne managed to get a lot more out of these players than anthony has been able to.

They’ve both coached the same teams with the same spine players and it’s now 4-0 to Wayne. Perhaps it’s not the players.
Wake up ffs the argument is not about who got the best out of the players it revolves around who left us with this personnel in the spine. It's not often you get things right but you're wrong again.
 

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I thought Gillett was pretty poor overall. Yes he made that great final run but he missed quite a few important covering tackles he used to make.
He did, but he's been out since origin with quite a few injuries. I have to say though I felt like his best last night was just not good enough.

Put it this way I think his best years are behind him and when you look at what TPJ offers us (when he manges to sty on the field) Gillo may be used more as cover next year provided he hangs around.
 

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I thought Gillett was pretty poor overall. Yes he made that great final run but he missed quite a few important covering tackles he used to make.
Meh. His return from a long layoff was for mine pretty good, capped off by that excellent try assist. He wasn't the only one to miss important tackles. Give him some time. He is the glue which holds our right side together.
 

broncsgoat

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Wake up ffs the argument is not about who got the best out of the players it revolves around who left us with this personnel in the spine. It's not often you get things right but you're wrong again.
You seem to be missing the point. The players we were left with, were good enough to last year beat the players who have beaten us twice this year, comprende? People can complain about Boyd and Macca all they want, but it’s just to avoid blaming where the fault really lies.
 

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You seem to be missing the point. The players we were left with, were good enough to last year beat the players who have beaten us twice this year, comprende? People can complain about Boyd and Macca all they want, but it’s just to avoid blaming where the fault really lies.
Or it could be a case of both coaches being at fault, which it is.
 

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Gillo and Offa should be told to take a walk if we are in any danger whatsoever of losing Fafita.
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6. Payne Hass is fucking awesome!!

I can't remember a prop forward making runs like his into open space since Beetson did in his heyday.
 
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Big Pete

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You seem to be missing the point. The players we were left with, were good enough to last year beat the players who have beaten us twice this year, comprende? People can complain about Boyd and Macca all they want, but it’s just to avoid blaming where the fault really lies.
Except this isn't the same side as 2018, the team has changed and a lot of issues that were apparent last year have remained and only gotten worse. There is only so much a coach can do during the course of the season given the make-up of the salary cap, any major personnel changes can't really happen until the off-season.

Seibold isn't blameless either, but let's stop pretending that the only thing that's changed since last year and this year is the head coach.
 

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Gillo and Offa should be told to take a walk if we are in any danger whatsoever of losing Fafita.
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6. Payne Hass is fucking awesome!!

I can't remember a prop forward making runs like his into open space since Beetson did in his heyday.
You must be old if you remember watching Beetson :p
 

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