PLAYER League newcomer Izaia Perese completes stunning NRL transition

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League newcomer Izaia Perese completes stunning NRL transition

Peter Badel,
The Courier-Mail
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Eight months ago, Izaia Perese was so raw in rugby-league terms the former Queensland Reds star spewed at his first training session with the Brisbane Broncos. On Friday night, Perese will receive sweet reward for his impressive conversion to the NRL when the attacking ace makes his Broncos debut in their top-eight blockbuster against the Panthers at Suncorp Stadium. Perese has been a revelation in his rookie year in the Intrust Super Cup, scoring seven tries for Brisbane feeder-club Redcliffe and leading the competition for tackle busts with a staggering 117 from 15 games.

Izaia Perese will debut for the Broncos against Penrith. Picture: Dan Peled

Izaia Perese will debut for the Broncos against Penrith. Picture: Dan Peled

The silky outside back produced 14 tackle breaks in three consecutive games - the type of attacking numbers associated with tackle-busting Roosters dynamo James Tedesco. Now Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold believes Perese is ready for the big time, backing the 22-year-old to be his interchange super-sub as the Broncos look for some extra spark to match Penrith’s attacking power. “’Izzy has played under the bright lights at Suncorp in a Queensland Reds jersey ... now he can do it in a Broncos jersey,” said Seibold, who has relegated prop Rhys Kennedy to blood Perese. “He is really good as far as tackle breaks goes, he leads that particular stat in the Queensland Cup.

Perese has starred for Redcliffe this season. Picture: Regi Varghese

Perese has starred for Redcliffe this season. Picture: Regi Varghese

“Adam Mogg, who coaches Redcliffe, I always get feedback from him and he suggested Izzy has really improved his understanding of the game. “He played league as a kid but the bulk of his last five years has been in rugby. “Izzy has some X-factor about him, he is only very young but it’s really exciting to give him an opportunity in the Broncos jersey.” Perese played Australian Schoolboys rugby and starred in the green-and-gold at the 2017 under-20s World Cup, scoring a hat-trick in a pool game against Italy.

Perese has a tough task in his NRL debut. Picture: Brett Costello

Perese has a tough task in his NRL debut. Picture: Brett Costello

But the class of a Penrith side headlined by 120kg back-row monster Viliame Kikau and NSW Origin pivot James Maloney will pose a far greater challenge for Perese, who was shocked by the NRL’s training standards when he arrived at Red Hill last summer. “He struggled a bit with the training load and intensity,” Seibold said. “He’s a good story, he was training by himself for a little while before joining us. “When he came across, it was an eye opener for him training in December. “I’ve just allowed Izzy to learn the game at Redcliffe, but he gives us some good coverage in the outside backs and he is ready to have an opportunity.”

If the Broncos beat Penrith, they will leapfrog the Panthers into seventh spot and almost certainly cement a finals spot. If they lose, the Broncos could finish the weekend in ninth or 10th spot, but Seibold insists the Panthers clash will not define their finals hopes. “It’s a big game, but it won’t make or break our season,” he said. “We have other games after this and we will try and be better than last week. Both teams have got talented players, but we believe we can perform well. “We have to be good defensively because attack is their weapon.
 
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I don't know whether I agree with this (probably not) and I honestly don't know what Seibold is thinking, but I have to give him his due, he is not afraid to make some ballsy decisions. Let's hope it works out for us. And before the usual suspects jump in, the decisions I am talking about are:
1. Making the call to replace Niko with Dearden;
2. The number of players that he has blooded this season;
3. Swapping Boyd and Milford;
4. Putting Turpin into halfback.
 

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I have to be honest and say I'm feeling as negative as broncosgroat about tonight's result.
 
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I don't know whether I agree with this (probably not) and I honestly don't know what Seibold is thinking, but I have to give him his due, he is not afraid to make some ballsy decisions. Let's hope it works out for us. And before the usual suspects jump in, the decisions I am talking about are:
1. Making the call to replace Niko with Dearden;
2. The number of players that he has blooded this season;
3. Swapping Boyd and Milford;
4. Putting Turpin into halfback.
5. Tap on Boyd, Macca &/Gillett shoulders at seasons end and free up the cap space would be quite an achievement of him. (All this would eventually help the club to hold on to young crop of players)
6. Make TPJ use his aggression wisely to the benefit of team
7. If Oates resigns, make him tackle hard opposition players
8. Butter fingered Shibasaki shouldn’t get anywhere near 1-17. Must be kept as far away as possible.
9. On a very light note - make Turpin concentrate on his forward passes at crucial plays
10. Make playing group play with aggression and hold onto the footy ALWAYS.
 
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I don't know whether I agree with this (probably not) and I honestly don't know what Seibold is thinking, but I have to give him his due, he is not afraid to make some ballsy decisions. Let's hope it works out for us. And before the usual suspects jump in, the decisions I am talking about are:
1. Making the call to replace Niko with Dearden;
2. The number of players that he has blooded this season;
3. Swapping Boyd and Milford;
4. Putting Turpin into halfback.
You can add dropping Roberts to that list
 

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7. If Oates resigns, make him tackle hard opposition players
8. Butter fingered Shibasaki shouldn’t get anywhere near 1-17. Must be kept as far away as possible.
Probably an unpopular opinion but Corey Oates makes is just as butter fingered, if not more than Shiba. Good thing he can at least find the try line though.
 

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Probably an unpopular opinion but Corey Oates makes is just as butter fingered, if not more than Shiba. Good thing he can at least find the try line though.
Rocks and diamonds player like Vatuvie but is a legitimate match winner when on. Cant say that about many wingers in the comp.
 
Probably an unpopular opinion but Corey Oates makes is just as butter fingered, if not more than Shiba. Good thing he can at least find the try line though.
The additions of Arthurs, Coates, Herbie, Perese does not bode well for Oates contract upgrade... which is great news for Brisbane! Almost no winger is worth the $ Oates wants... and the good clubs definitely don’t pay big bucks for wingers generally speaking! Good luck to him, but 500k a year to stay would be a mistake for us!
 

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The additions of Arthurs, Coates, Herbie, Perese does not bode well for Oates contract upgrade... which is great news for Brisbane! Almost no winger is worth the $ Oates wants... and the good clubs definitely don’t pay big bucks for wingers generally speaking! Good luck to him, but 500k a year to stay would be a mistake for us!
If all he is asking for is 500k ... Give it to him without even thinking twice
 

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I agree he's a match winner when on, but also can cost us a match with a dropped ball at the wrong time.

That said, 500k would be the most I'd be happy with paying him. He's a good metre eater when he can hold the ball.
 

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When we look at players and who makes the side, we need to look at the defence, as well as attack, and how they fit together. That's the thing about Glenn, and also he is so versatile. Along with plenty of others, I would have been happy to see Shibasaki gone, but after that Penrith game, I'm now leaning the other way. He defended brilliantly and makes good hit-ups (he even had good hit-ups in his shocker). If he could show us some of that pace he has with some hole runs I'd be sold, but for now, I'm happy to leave him be and let him develop.
Of the players in the side, our huge problem is being strong defensively consistently (along with organised attack and kicking). It's not that we don't defend well, but that we are often caught out, early on, with our outside backs down Shibasaki and Isaako's side. We need to be on song defensively right from the start.
I've been saying to people this is the worst backline we've had and up until now, it has been true. The one silver lining on this cloud is that there isn't a player from 1 to 7 who can't play better given time (as seen in the Penrith game, even Boyd).
The other thing I have noticed, though it is not something we can fix this season, is the lack of effort from the outside backs during games. It is more pronounced when a player like Glenn or Turpin is playing amongst them. I think it comes down to game knowledge and when to inject themselves, but also fitness in general.
Anyway sorry for this rambling mess of a comment but I'd thought I'd throw some ideas from the left field out there.
 

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In case anyone missed it, he played for the Dolphins yesterday and finished with these stats -

16 runs, 272 metres, 83 post-contact metres, 3 tries, 3 line-breaks, 12 tackle breaks, 14 tackles, 1 missed tackle.
 

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Without taking anything away from him, it was against the Capras who are dead last and have only won one game all season. Pretty sure they also aren’t aligned with any club so they aren’t getting squad players.

I would like him in the team over Shibasaki nonetheless, particularly if Herbie isn’t getting a run and Boyd isn’t being moved there
 

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