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Went and watched Dearden today against the Bears. His defence was solid and the Bears tested him out. They deliberately ran their forwards wider trying to make him tackle. Page was standing a good three metres wider than normal running at the three and two in area. Page was a good test for him.

Dearden was very good at putting his body there. Arthars tested him early too and had two tries down his side in the first 10 minutes. He was probably too enthusiastic at times and would come up and in too much. Pauga was all lost out there and Dearden should have stayed with him.

Attack, he got in at dummy half a lot, set up on the left but Scarlett did all the kicking, he forced a repeat set at the end but probably needed a more attacking kick with two minutes left and down by eight.

Didn't run the ball a lot but directed and pointed a lot at what he wanted.
 
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I know he's not in the 30- but thought it would be interesting to monitor the halves since it is clearly an issue. I am off to watch O'Sullivan today.

Dearden yesterday.

6 runs
18 tackles
1 miss
6 kicks
1 drop out.

Didn't engage the line, 22 passes.

Backs up what I saw.
 
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I know he's not in the 30- but thought it would be interesting to monitor the halves since it is clearly an issue. I am off to watch O'Sullivan today.

Dearden yesterday.

6 runs
18 tackles
1 miss
6 kicks
1 drop out.

Didn't engage the line, 22 passes.

Backs up what I saw.
Based on the numbers all of the back-up halves are putting up so far I think Kodi & Milf can feel pretty safe at the moment, nobody even close to demanding selection.
 

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Based on the numbers all of the back-up halves are putting up so far I think Kodi & Milf can feel pretty safe at the moment, nobody even close to demanding selection.
Can't get two sides of the game nailed down, both Dearden and O'Sullivan defend well but then do nothing with the ball or attack wellish and miss 6 tackles.
 
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Unfortunately there are things stats just can't measure.

His organizing, how he directs the team on the field, his kicking game and the effectiveness of the kicks, his running game and the effectiveness of his runs, has he been spotting weaknesses in the defence and exploiting those etc.

Those are the things I would like to know more about.
 

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O'Sullivan was pretty good today, nice inside ball for Norths' first try and absolutely outstanding defence to stop Nat Neale that close to the line. I was impressed by his robust defence. Doubt he missed too many at all and the Jets test you off the ball all day.

Dargan great ball for Shibasaki try- awesome awareness.

They got Norths around the field but Ahearn is clearly playing a massive part in that too.
 

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Yeah, given the play starts with the 9 it would make more sense to drop Macca first to see if he's the issue. Changing the light bulb isn't going to solve the problem if your power is out.
Fuck me, our problems not just the light bulb it’s the whole fucking wiring in the house
 
I know he's still young himself, but I think Dargan might be our best pick until Dearden or one of the other kids is ready for the big time.
On what I saw today (and I acknowledge it is only one game) I agree with you. He appeared to be the dominant half out of SOS and himself and he was doing a lot of talking and organising. He seemed to have first call on the ball as well.
 

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Former Queensland Origin star Scott Sattler has hailed Brisbane rookie Tom Dearden the NRL’s next halfback superstar and says the 18-year-old is “ready now” for a Broncos baptism.
As first-choice halves Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima come under mounting pressure to ignite the struggling Broncos, The Courier-Mail ran the rule over Brisbane’s playmaking depth and whether the club has better alternatives.
Playmaking legends Andrew Johns and Johnathan Thurston have lashed the game management of the Milford-Nikorima alliance and believe the time has come for Broncos coach Anthony Seibold to wield the axe.
Brisbane enter this Sunday’s clash against the Raiders floundering in 13th place with a shaky 1-4 record and if Milford and Nikorima can’t engineer victory at GIO Stadium, the calls for their sacking will intensify.
Sattler is adamant Dearden is the answer in the Broncos’ No.7 jumper made famous by Allan Langer.
A premiership winner at Penrith in 2003, Sattler is a foremost authority on Queensland’s premier league competition, having worked for the past eight years as Channel 9’s expert commentator on the Intrust Super Cup.
The 203-game NRL veteran has watched every second-tier affiliate player on the Broncos’ books and believes Brisbane are about to unearth their great white hope at halfback.
TOM DEARDEN (Wynnum Manly)
The Mackay sensation only qualified for NRL selection last month when he turned 18 just 24 hours before Brisbane’s season-opener against the Storm at AAMI Park.
For the first month, Dearden was kept away from the football field. Broncos coach Seibold ordered him into the gym for a specific bulk-up regimen that has seen Dearden stack on 8kg of muscle in just four weeks.
Now 84kg, Dearden played his first senior Broncos trial against Souths Logan in Warwick in February. Then just 17, he scored two tries in the first 31 minutes in a stunning display in senior company.
Dearden was outstanding in his Intrust Super Cup debut against Mackay, setting up a try and making five tackle busts. After just three games, Sattler says the time has come from Dearden to partner Milford at the Broncos scrumbase.
“He’s a special talent … he’s ready now for the NRL,” Sattler said. “To be honest, I would have picked Dearden last week against the Wests Tigers.
“I compare Tom to Nathan Cleary (Panthers whiz-kid) and Luke Brooks (Tigers halfback) at the same age.
“They were thrust into the NRL as teenagers and Tom is every bit as good as Cleary and Brooks.
“For an 18-year-old to debut in the Intrust Super Cup and dominate in his first outing, that underlines his class. He has great confidence for a kid, he’s vocal and isn’t afraid to point forwards in the right direction and control the game.
“He’s also got a very sound defensive game for a smaller guy, so I’m confident Dearden will be a long-term NRL player.”
SEAN O’SULLIVAN (Norths Devils)
An off-season purchase from the Roosters, O’Sullivan is the only back-up Broncos playmaker with NRL experience.
The 20-year-old made his top-grade debut against the Titans last year, scoring a try in his one and only game thus far.
NRL Immortal Johns recently called for Milford to be axed in favour of O’Sullivan, claiming the former Rooster has the game management to stabilise the Broncos.
O’Sullivan recently missed two weeks with a minor leg injury, but has played the past two games for Norths, steering the Devils to consecutive wins over PNG and Ipswich.
The knock on O’Sullivan is that he lacks the speed to cut it in the NRL, but he produced two try assists, three tackle busts and a line break in Norths’ 31-14 defeat of the Jets.
“We called O’Sullivan’s game for Norths last week, he was very good,” Sattler said.
“There are some concerns about Sean’s speed, but that’s not a concern if your No.6 has an abundance of it, which Milford does.
“Sean is only 20, so he has a fair bit to learn. He is a busy player with a good controlling game. Plus he offers a left-foot kicking game, which is a handy asset in the modern game.”


TANAH BOYD (Souths Logan)
With his short frame and blond hair, Boyd has physical similarities to Broncos halfback legend “Alfie” Langer.
The 20-year-old has superb skill, a precise kicking game and has represented the Australian Schoolboys. Boyd was blooded in the Intrust Super Cup late last year and has played six games. The one concern is his defence: Boyd has missed 17 tackles in the opening four rounds this season.
“Tanah is a fantastic talent,” Sattler said. “He is a very dominant half who likes to take control. His dad is a former NRL player and his mum is a fitness fanatic, so from an early age Tanah was exposed to weights and that’s reflected in his strong build for a young guy.
“I’ve seen games where Tanah is quiet but then the game is on the line and he steps up to win it. That’s what you want from a playmaker. He has an unshakeable confidence but defensively, he has to make some improvements to make the jump to the NRL.”
CORY PAIX (Redcliffe)
A Cooper Cronk lookalike, Paix played alongside Dearden in Brisbane’s pre-season trial at Warwick.
Handed a debut at Redcliffe this year, Paix has lost his first four games in the Dolphins No.7 jumper. The 19-year-old has traditionally played in the halves but played at hooker for the Queensland under-18s last year in the Origin curtain raiser at the MCG.
“Every time I look at Paix I think of Brodie Croft (Storm halfback),” Sattler said.
“Cory is a very intelligent, articulate young guy with a very mature outlook.
Will Pyke stick to his word and reward form?

“I actually believe he could end up being an NRL hooker. Not everyone can play in the halves for the Broncos, so if Paix stays at Brisbane, he has the skill set to be like a Ben Hunt (Dragons playmaker), who can play halfback or hooker. He has the perfect build for a No.9.”
TROY DARGAN (Norths)
The 21-year-old former NSW under-20s ace is in his second year with the Broncos, but has struggled to live up to his potential due to hamstring injuries.
“Troy got injured again last week so at this stage he wouldn’t be an option,” Sattler said. “I haven’t yet seen him really dominate an Intrust Super Cup game. He would be behind others in the pecking order.”

THE VERDICT
Sattler believes Milford and Dearden are the halves to deliver Brisbane’s first premiership since 2006 with Nikorima moved to a game-breaking utility role in the No.14 jumper.
“I really think Nikorima is a supersub,” Sattler said. “Kodi won’t agree with that assessment but the Broncos would really benefit from his acceleration through the middle of the park.
“Andrew McCullough (hooker) can absorb the early exchanges but at the 25-minute mark they need someone coming on and splitting teams apart through the middle with sheer speed.
“You would see a better Milford if Nikorima had time at dummy-half with Dearden steering the team around.
“It’s a big ask for Dearden, but the good ones are ready at any age.”
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Every time they write about Dearden he's put on more weight, it's six kilos not eight. Sattler's report is pretty much word for word I have written.

I don't agree about O'Sullivan's speed, never heard that before or thought it was an issue.
 

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Every time they write about Dearden he's put on more weight, it's six kilos not eight. Sattler's report is pretty much word for word I have written.

I don't agree about O'Sullivan's speed, never heard that before or thought it was an issue.
Would it be a fair assessment at this stage to say that IF they were going to move Niko into a Utility role that O'Sullivan would have his nose slightly in front just being a little older and slightly more experienced and probably a little more physically ready than Dearden?

If he can defend competently (which it sounds like you seem to think he could) and he can provide some structure and a kicking game to support Milford, I honestly think we could do worse than to give him a shot. The reason i'm warming to the idea actually isn't entirely to do with promoting O'Sullivan and dumping Niko, it's actually because I'm becoming more and more convinced that we really lack some dynamic Dummy Half running and energy and that I think Niko could in this sense potentially be a huge asset, perhaps more so than he is at Halfback.

It just seems like the modern blueprint these days is for your Halfback to be a competent Organiser who kicks well (none of which are Niko's strong suits) with a ball running 5/8 and that the stronger sides are using their Dummy Half's to run the ball and probe around the ruck more and more every year and this isn't really McCullough's strength either so with him and Niko sharing the Dummy Half role he could really ignite us around the ruck as the game wears on.
 
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Would it be a fair assessment at this stage to say that IF they were going to move Niko into a Utility role that O'Sullivan would have his nose slightly in front just being a little older and slightly more experienced and probably a little more physically ready than Dearden?

If he can defend competently (which it sounds like you seem to think he could) and he can provide some structure and a kicking game to support Milford, I honestly think we could do worse than to give him a shot. The reason i'm warming to the idea actually isn't entirely to do with promoting O'Sullivan and dumping Niko, it's actually because I'm becoming more and more convinced that we really lack some dynamic Dummy Half running and energy and that I think Niko could in this sense potentially be a huge asset, perhaps more so than he is at Halfback.

It just seems like the modern blueprint these days is for your Halfback to be a competent Organiser who kicks well (none of which are Niko's strong suits) with a ball running 5/8 and that the stronger sides are using their Dummy Half's to run the ball and probe around the ruck more and more every year and this isn't really McCullough's strength either so with him and Niko sharing the Dummy Half role he could really ignite us around the ruck as the game wears on.
I think Dearden is still the number 1 option to take over from Nikorima if he was to be dropped to the bench.
 
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