Milford's chance to stake Maroons claim

BroncsFan

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Mbye appears to be a byproduct of modern day talent identification and development.

The majority of young halves nowadays appear to be runners first with passing an after thought after being brought up on a steady diet of Benji Marshall stepping and flick passes and the media, commentary and YouTube glorification that comes with it

The flashy plays are being noticed at youth competitions while the toilers and game managers are left behind.

It is to the point where a player like Frawley could potentially attract a lot of interest for the simple fact that he can get a team around the field and has a kicking game.

A team full of athletically gifted running players still needs a captain to steer the ship. Just need to look at New Zealand who have all the talent in the world on paper but lack the game managing halfback to get them where they need to be
 

Renegade

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Mbye lol, he's awfully overrated. I haven't watch a lot of Bulldogs game, but I've watched at least 3 this season, and Mbye does absolutely nothing worthwhile. Frawley is the better player.
Yeah, Mbye is awful. Shit at hooker, shit at halves, honestly have no idea what he brings. Frawley and Reynolds would've been fine, Hodko and Reynolds would've been fine but they were so hellbent on fitting Mbye into the picture...
 

mitch222

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That article there is good at pointing out that Munster is actually worth a look in IMO. He is so versatile and young.
**** the judas ****. He hasn't got many friends at rep level coming through with his actions last year
 

Morkel

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Mbye appears to be a byproduct of modern day talent identification and development.

The majority of young halves nowadays appear to be runners first with passing an after thought after being brought up on a steady diet of Benji Marshall stepping and flick passes and the media, commentary and YouTube glorification that comes with it

The flashy plays are being noticed at youth competitions while the toilers and game managers are left behind.

It is to the point where a player like Frawley could potentially attract a lot of interest for the simple fact that he can get a team around the field and has a kicking game.

A team full of athletically gifted running players still needs a captain to steer the ship. Just need to look at New Zealand who have all the talent in the world on paper but lack the game managing halfback to get them where they need to be
This makes sense. Also, because the U20's doesn't have much of a focus on defence, it is easier to get through opposition defensive lines. It doesn't need a game manager to direct the play, tire out the opposition forwards or work a certain side over in order to draw defenders in and leave the opposite side short. You just have to hold the ball for longer, and you'll win.
 

Harry Sack

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Mbye lol, he's awfully overrated. I haven't watch a lot of Bulldogs game, but I've watched at least 3 this season, and Mbye does absolutely nothing worthwhile. Frawley is the better player.
There's always those names that get thrown around at Origin time that would only ever get a shot if about 5 players went down leading into Origin.
 

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Anthony Milford more concerned with Brisbane surviving the Origin period than a Maroons debut

ANTHONY Milford says he is more concerned about Brisbane’s chances of surviving the Origin period than making his Queensland debut.

The Broncos playmaker is one of a few contenders who could replace Maroons veteran Johnathan Thurston for Origin I later this month, should he fail to recover from a shoulder injury.

Milford was solid in his first major audition for the role on Saturday night against the Sea Eagles and will have another chance to impress in Friday’s clash with the Tigers.

But the young talent claims he is not focused on making the Queensland team, but more on getting the Broncos through the Origin period.

It is a notoriously tough time for Brisbane and their performances during that time last year cost them a spot in the top four after they lost seven of their nine games between Rounds 11 and 21.

Milford does not want a repeat of this in 2017.

“It was pretty tough for us last year,” Milford said.

“We were one win away from being in the top four because of (Origin). It’s massive.

It’s very important for us to get through it to set us up for the back end of the year.

“One of my main goals this year was to be consistent in my football. As the weeks go on, I think I’m getting better and the confidence in the team is pretty good and pretty high.

“We just need to be strong when the boys go away for that Origin period.”

Brisbane are guaranteed to lose a number of big names again this year, with Sam Thaiday, Matt Gillett, Josh McGuire and Darius Boyd all to be selected for Queensland.

Corey Oates is also a chance of being recalled for the Maroons, as he battles it out with Australian winger Valentine Holmes for a starting spot, while selectors have said Milford is still in the frame.

After coming up against fellow halves contender Daly Cherry-Evans on Saturday, Milford said he was unsure whether he had done enough to impress the Queensland selectors.

“It’s up to the selectors,” he said.

“Whether they pick me or not is totally in their hands. The only thing I can control is my performance.”
http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/broncos/anthony-milford-more-concerned-with-brisbane-surviving-the-origin-period-than-a-maroons-debut/news-story/a4fce3d924ba8a45d6bd030ee9fe2968
 

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