NEWS Player Ratings: where the hell do you play this bloke?

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TL;DR: Hang 'em up, Darius...


Damien Cook made the difference as Rabbitohs pipped the Broncos

Greg Davis,
The Courier-Mail
24 minutes ago

It was clipboards at 10 paces in the build-up to the Broncos-Bunnies-Bennett brouhaha with rival coaching staff sniping at each other like a divorced couple fighting over who gets the coffee table. But South Sydney hooker Damien Cook – who looks like he could be an inner-city barista – managed to marry the combination of speed and skill superbly to edge the Rabbitohs past the Broncos in a spiteful encounter at Suncorp Stadium. As entertaining as the war of words was between Bunnies assistant Jason Demetriou and Broncos head coach Anthony Seibold, actions always count for much more once the referee blows the whistle for the opening kick-off.

Damien Cook . (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Damien Cook . (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

And Cook was up to his eyeballs in that pesky try-scoring, try creating sort of action to give the Rabbitohs a match-winning buffer in the second half only to see it disappear rapidly in the dying minutes. And that’s when he produced a try-saving tackle on a rampaging Corey Oates to get the Bunnies home with a 22-20 win.

Even without a single Burgess brother, Souths managed to get some players put on report as ex-Broncos James Roberts and Jaydn Su’A were chock-full of the same angry pills consumed by Demetriou and Seibold midweek that, of course, had nothing to do with Wayne Bennett. But hey, Benny had the last smirk after pulling the strings all week. Well done old fella, you did it again.

Anthony Milford looks to go for a bit of a jog. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Peled

Anthony Milford looks to go for a bit of a jog. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Peled

ANTHONY MILFORD – 5
Kicked well and showed some good judgement and patience to diffuse some handy kicks from the Bunnies early. But he needed to get far more involved in attack with the ball in hand. Didn’t run enough and didn’t get into first or second receiver anywhere near enough when the Broncos were in good field position. Run Milf! Run!

COREY OATES – 6.5
Copped a disgraceful dog shot from James Roberts when he was lying face first and defenceless on the turf. Forced from the field to have a HIA. Roberts should have been sent-off. Was a constant menace in attack, especially when chasing kicks. Was forced into touch a number of times – uncharacteristically – but ran for 89 metres and looked the most likely for Brisbane late.

KOTONI STAGGS – 7
Always takes a power of stopping. Scored a try and ran for 138 metres in another explosive display from the ball of muscle.

ALEX GLENN – 6.5
Almost decapitated by Su’A in the second half. Glenn must have failed to sign his farewell card when he left Red Hill for Redfern. It’s the only explanation. Ran for 107 metres (42 post-contact) and didn’t miss a tackle. Rock-solid which is why he has been put out there.

JAMAYNE ISAAKO – 5.5
Did not get a heap of chances but still ran for 107 metres – most of which would have come in the sideline dash in the dying minutes. Dropped a ball cold when Brisbane had all the momentum. Solid four from four with the boot.

Darius Boyd. Ya know he’s going to play. But where do you put him? Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Darius Boyd. Ya know he’s going to play. But where do you put him? Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

DARIUS BOYD - 5
Ran the footy more and looked better for it. BUT … threw a cut-out pass early that missed everyone and went over the sideline in the first half. Held the ball and failed to pass on the last tackle with Brisbane boasting a four-on-two overlap. Looked certain to score in the second half but was somehow held up over the line. He’s not a five-eighth. But where do you play him?

SEAN O’SULLIVAN - 6
Turned 21 during the week and had a little bit to celebrate with two try assists and two line break assists. Missed three tackles but made 29 as the Bunnies sent plenty of traffic his way.

MATT LODGE – 6.5
Died with the ball on the last tackle inside the last two minutes. Somebody tell the big unit he’s not a halfback. At least he was there at first receiver though (hello Milf!). Seemed a little too keen to get involved in the biff when things erupted. Ran for 162 metres and made 30 tackles.

ANDREW MCCULLOUGH – 5
Ran three times for 30 metres which is not enough darts from dummy-half if Brisbane want to recapture their attacking mojo. Made 33 tackles before being replaced by Segeyaro midway through the first half.

Payne Haas bursts through the Bunnies defence. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Payne Haas bursts through the Bunnies defence. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

PAYNE HAAS – 8
The great metre eater chewed up and spat out a whopping 232 running metres to go with 22 tackles. One 50-metre charge in the first half was utterly terrifying as he reached 146 running metres by halftime. Was targeted by Damien Cook with his runs out of dummy half. Missed Cook once when the Rabbitohs rake darted past him to set-up a Souths try.

DAVID FIFITA – 8
Pay the man. Just pay the man. Scored two tries in amongst his 136 running metres. His first four-pointer had footwork, speed, power and skill. He could have kept going and made it all the way to the Milton train station if he wanted to. Could have scored a third if he decided to run and not kick. A beast with the ball in hand.

MATT GILLETT - 6
Missed Maroons teammate Dane Gagai in the second half which led to a Bunnies try. Made good ground with some strong early carries. Finished with 74 running metres and 30 tackles in his first game back from injury. Will be better for the run.

Joe Ofahengaue and Cody Walker share a traditional greeting. Or get angry at each other. One or the other. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Joe Ofahengaue and Cody Walker share a traditional greeting. Or get angry at each other. One or the other. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

JOE OFAHENGAUE - 7
Overcame an early handling error when the Broncos were deep in attack to bounce back to a bit of form. A clever strip late gave Brisbane one last chance to score the match-winner. Had 107 running metres and 25 tackles starting at lock.

JAMES SEGEYARO – 4.5
Got 20 minutes or so of game time. Made 10 tackles but not much spark in attack - which is his job.

TOM FLEGLER – 5.5
The big blonde bomber got more chances and did his job off the bench. 67 running metres and 14 tackles.

GEHAMAT SHIBASAKI - 4
Came on for Oates when Roberts sent the winger to Disneyland with the rather average elbow to the back of his head. Had the one run for 11 metres.

PATRICK CARRIGAN – 6
Another solid contribution off the bench. Has ditched the moustache and with greater aero-dynamics was able to produce 64 running metres and 20 tackles.
 
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Alec

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That's pretty high for Ofahengaue. Yeah, he stripped the ball, but his defence was directly involved in at least 2 of Souffs tries.
 

Sproj

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Bombed at least two tries, difference between winning and losing that game ultimately.
 

NSW stables

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WHat good are milfords bombs when we have no kick chase? Unless they drop it, they have a free 15m run before our defence meets them. It isnt just the bombs either. SOS put a good kick into souths corner and there was literally NO chase. The only one down there was SOS. Luckily the fullback ran at him and got tackled but if he hadnt there was room.
 

PNG Broncos fan88

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Any bugger that scores 2 individual tries he has no right scoring deserves a 10 in my books. Let alone the youngest guy on the fucking field.
Pay him to stay mutherfuckers, pay Fifita now!!
- Merged

Bombed at least two tries, difference between winning and losing that game ultimately.
A few instances Glenn passed too early limiting room for Oates. Maybe Perese or Farnworth in too add abit of strike on that edge.
 
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Stu_9

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Whilst we all know that Darius has had it, there also needs to be questions towards some other players within this 17 who are very out of form.
Oates, Shiba, Milford and Macca come to mind pretty quickly. I’ve got no idea what’s happened to Oates since origin 1 - it could be his whole contract saga but for mine these blokes also need to be held accountable, especially Milford on his massive pay packet.
All 4 could well do with some time in Q cup, especially Oates and Shiba.
I think reality will hit Milford when he sees he is off contract.
 

Mustafur

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I just don't see what Milford is doing wrong, he is more involved then most fullbacks in the game, he has to do more kicking work because we have to carry Darius in the halves and he won't kick even if it will create an instant try.

His decision making at the start saved us massively in early field position, compare what he did to South's 1 and maybe you guys will wake up to Reality.

There is no Doubt Seibold is making Milford be more like a Game Manager Fullback because we don't have Dearden that's why I think the way he is playing now will be vastly different to next year because we are heavily compromised by carrying Boyd in the Halves and don't have a strong Kicker outside Milford.
 

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Boyd and fucking Macca. It's always Boyd and Macca. Don't even need to go through Darius' fuckups but Macca was yet again bog fucking below average. Slow as **** service that takes an eternity to get to first receiver using his version of a spiral pass that doesn't actually spiral, just wobbles everywhere. Seriously how hard would it be for him to learn one of the basics the rest of us learned as children? Get Turpin into that spot asap.

Also thought we copped a pretty raw deal from the refs, apart from the obvious send off. Can't even recall a second half penalty that wasn't for foul play. Oh and if I ever see James Roberts I am gonna hit him in the back of the head, see how he likes it. Stupid mong looking drunk ****.
 

McHunt

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Whilst we all know that Darius has had it, there also needs to be questions towards some other players within this 17 who are very out of form.
Oates, Shiba, Milford and Macca come to mind pretty quickly. I’ve got no idea what’s happened to Oates since origin 1 - it could be his whole contract saga but for mine these blokes also need to be held accountable, especially Milford on his massive pay packet.
All 4 could well do with some time in Q cup, especially Oates and Shiba.
I think reality will hit Milford when he sees he is off contract.
Oates is still Oates. His problem is he doesn't get the pill enough, and doesn't get it cleanly, even less so than your average winger. Look at the rabble who are feeding him the ball.

Catching an errant ball at full tilt, passed by an inside back who's also at speed whose trying not to get cleaned up by three defenders, while trying not to get bundled into touch, isn't as easy as getting it straight from dummy half. Bear that in mind when a winger coughs it up.

Oates is fucking great. We're blessed to have him.
 
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Stu_9

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Oates is still Oates. His problem is he doesn't get the pill enough, and doesn't get it cleanly, even less so than your average winger. Look at the rabble who are feeding him the ball.

Catching an errant ball at full tilt, passed by an inside back who's also at speed whose trying not to get cleaned up by three defenders, while trying not to get bundled into touch, isn't as easy as getting it straight from dummy half. Bear that in mind when a winger coughs it up.

Oates is fucking great. We're blessed to have him.
Oates is still a confidence player, when things don't go his way, he isn't in the game. I was always holding onto hope that as he aged things would change around that. He is now one of the more senior players in this team, as crazy as that sounds. There were decisions he made last night that just were not upto scratch. He needs to get rid of that to see him get back to what thinks he is worth $$
 

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