Badel Warning Jake Turpin’s good form key to securing Brisbane Broncos contract

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Jake Turpin’s good form key to securing Brisbane Broncos contract

Peter Badel, The Courier-Mail
June 5, 2019 8:44am

Jake Turpin has become such a find this season, the tough-as-teak rake is keeping Brisbane’s No.1 hooker of the past decade, Andrew McCullough, out of the Broncos starting side. The challenge now for the Broncos is what to do with three off-contract hookers at a time when Turpin is banging down the door for an upgrade at Red Hill.

McCullough, Turpin and James Segeyaro, recruited last month after McCullough suffered a freak knee injury at training, are all without deals for next season and three is quickly becoming a dummy-half crowd at the Broncos. McCullough has a two-year option in his favour, so his future at the Broncos is technically secure, but there is no such safety net for Turpin as he prepares to face the Titans this Sunday at Suncorp Stadium.


Jake Turpin is banging down the door for a contract upgrade. Picture: AAP

Since slotting into hooker to replace the injured McCullough, the unsigned Turpin has helped the Broncos to three consecutive victories. But beyond his unblemished 3-0 record, it is the manner in which the no-frills, tough-tackling 22-year-old has played that has raised the prospect that Turpin might just unseat McCullough for the long haul.

The evidence is compelling. Returning from injury, McCullough will play off the bench this Sunday in the No.14 jumper. Turpin retains the coveted No.9 slot. An Ipswich Brothers junior, Turpin spent time with Intrust Super Cup side the Jets before his shift to Melbourne at 17 and Ipswich co-coach Shane Walker urged the Broncos to keep the clever hooker.


Jake Turpin has impressed since slotting in at hooker for the Broncos. Picture: AAP

“Jake has done a fantastic job at the Broncos,” Walker said. “He was actually a halfback with us, not a hooker, but there were a lot of things to like about him. “You could see he had footy craft and he was a real competitor. “One of the first things we mark a player on is how competitive they are and he had that in spades. “He came through our junior grades and he would join us for pre-seasons and from day one, he was a competitive, crafty little bugger. “We never wanted to lose Jake, but when the Storm came knocking, it was going to be difficult to convince him to stay.”


Andrew McCullough will return via the bench for Brisbane. Picture: AAP

While Turpin never cracked the big league in Melbourne, his apprenticeship was priceless. He gleaned an insight into premiership professionalism from Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater and received mentoring from the greatest hooker of all-time, former Maroons skipper Cameron Smith. “Since he came back to the Broncos from Melbourne, you can see he has been working on his craft as a hooker,” Walker said. “He is working on physical angles before he gets into dummy half, faking and passing the other way. “Jake is a talented guy with the work ethic to have a long career in the NRL.”

After the Broncos’ most recent win over the Warriors, headlined by textbook Turpin tackles, Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold conceded he had a big decision to make with his trinity of hookers. “It’s a good headache to have,” he said. “Jake has been really solid for us, he has brought a lot of energy and a lot of effort.”

 
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That’s Brad Pitt’s undercut from 5 years ago. Not even remotely the same hair cut as Turpin. Turpin’s is a skin fade with a short textured top. The Cletus is far more accurate.

Re-sign this kid already. He’s a gun.
 

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That’s Brad Pitt’s undercut from 5 years ago. Not even remotely the same hair cut as Turpin. Turpin’s is a skin fade with a short textured top. The Cletus is far more accurate.

Re-sign this kid already. He’s a gun.
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The fact he was a half before becoming a hooker is really beneficial in assisting our halves. It means he understands what the halves want, where to put the ball and provide them with the service they need. This is potentially a reason milford has looked more confident even though he is still considered the dominant half.

He has a lot of subtleties that he has in his game, even just the shift of his feet just prior to the play the ball so the markers dont know which direction he is passing.
 

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I like how Turpin sometimes darts out to one side, beats the markers, and then throws a ball back across the ruck to a forward. He knows his craft and misdirection is part of what a hooker should be doing. Macca doesn't have any of that really, he just passes and tackles, although he has learnt to take a run at more appropriate moments under Seibold this year.
 

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I like how Turpin sometimes darts out to one side, beats the markers, and then throws a ball back across the ruck to a forward. He knows his craft and misdirection is part of what a hooker should be doing. Macca doesn't have any of that really, he just passes and tackles, although he has learnt to take a run at more appropriate moments under Seibold this year.
Well this is not right. Macca often does this exact same thing, although granted "darting" may be pushing it.
 

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The only thing I don't like when any of our DH's run is that no one comes with them.

I think from what I've seen only Seggy has the speed to bust the line on his own... so when either Turpin or Macca run it's basically just a 10m hitup.

It's pretty obvious when Seibs wants them to run (quick ptb and/or 1 or 0 markers) as he instructed Cook to do the same last year, so the halves and fullback should see this building from the ruck and be right off their hip as support.

As soon as anyone sees the ptb breaking down it should be a trigger to the whole team that the DH will be running straight up the guts so they should all be working up through the middle as support.
 

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The only thing I don't like when any of our DH's run is that no one comes with them.

I think from what I've seen only Seggy has the speed to bust the line on his own... so when either Turpin or Macca run it's basically just a 10m hitup.

It's pretty obvious when Seibs wants them to run (quick ptb and/or 1 or 0 markers) as he instructed Cook to do the same last year, so the halves and fullback should see this building from the ruck and be right off their hip as support.

As soon as anyone sees the ptb breaking down it should be a trigger to the whole team that the DH will be running straight up the guts so they should all be working up through the middle as support.
Yeah, this shits me constantly as well. Where is the support sniffing around behind the ruck? Any other half-decent fullback is right there, waiting for an opportunity.

The halves could do much more to support the break, too. They seem too focussed on structure atm.
 
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Yeah, this shits me constantly as well. Where is the support sniffing around behind the ruck? Any other half-decent fullback is right there, waiting for an opportunity.

The halves could do much more to support the break, too. They seem too focussed on structure atm.
It has to be Milford in my opinion. He’s the only guy I can see running the length of field for a try now that Roberts is gone.
 

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Yeah, this shits me constantly as well. Where is the support sniffing around behind the ruck? Any other half-decent fullback is right there, waiting for an opportunity.

The halves could do much more to support the break, too. They seem too focussed on structure atm.
Agreed, this is what the elite halves and fullbacks do. When ever there was a break, slater and tedesco were there, as was 2015 milford.

How often when something like a break or loose ball occur, did u find locky or thurston nearby. The elite players always follow the ball, it just seems to find them.
 

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