POST GAME Round 11 - Warriors vs Broncos

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Another 6 pointer would have had us at 7th.
While Bennetts bunnies go clear of the comp by 2 wins. Minor premiership is for them to lose from here.

We are every chance of top 4, just hope the coach does not change the team.
 

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They've been axed from Fox Sports I'm pretty sure, it's been Australian commentators every game, even at Mt Smart.
They used to get the feed from Sky Sports NZ. Now they just use their own commentators from their studio in Sydney. A cost cutting measure, I'm sure.
 

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Player ratings for Broncos victory over the Warriors
Greg Davis, The Courier-Mail
May 25, 2019 11:52am

With the dim lights and Kiwis everywhere, it could have been a Surfers Paradise nightclub.
And just like most nights out on the glitter strip, there was a fine line between triumph and tragedy in the low-scoring slugfest between Brisbane and the New Zealand Warriors at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday night.

Until the Milf — Anthony Milford — strolled in like he owned the joint. His darting run for the only try of the match handed Brisbane a hard-earned win that will be worth so much more than just two competition points because they had to dig so deep to claim them. Whenever a commentator describes a match as an “arm wrestle”, “chess match”, “one for the purists” or “intriguing”, you know the contest wasn’t pretty. But the way Brisbane tackled themselves to a standstill and hung tough would have been a thing of beauty for Broncos coach Anthony Seibold and his men.


It wasn’t the skipper’s best night. Image: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

DARIUS BOYD — 6.5
Solid from the skipper without anything particularly spectacular which is what you need in difficult conditions. Tried to inspire his troops with some big kick chases. Safe hands fielding kicks.
COREY OATES — 7
Ran for 135 metres and was one of only three Broncos to make a line break on the night. Did well given the lack of opportunities that came his way in the first half.
KOTONI STAGGS — 6.5
His high shot on Kodi Nikorima upset both teams because the former Bronco turned Warrior is a very popular guy. Made four tackle breaks but missed a team-high three tackles. Diffused a bomb at a critical time.
GEHAMAT SHIBASAKI — 6.5
Similar sort of night to Staggs as conditions did not suit outside backs. Three tackle breaks to go with three missed tackles on top of 14 tackles and 88 running metres.
JAMAYNE ISAAKO — 6
Peppered with high balls and had varying success. Quiet night in attack. Got bundled into touch with three tackles left in a set and the Broncos deep in attack. Long-range penalty goal on halftime was important.


Milford proved he’s can do it when he puts his mind to it. Image: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

ANTHONY MILFORD — 8
Always — ALWAYS — looks better when he runs the ball. Picked his moment beautifully to score the only try of the night when he left the tiring Warriors clutching at thin air. It was just his fourth run of the night but it counted. Kicked judiciously too.
TOM DEARDEN — 7.5
Stepped up and took on more responsibility with Brisbane’s kicking game. They didn’t always find their mark but this time last year he was working out what to wear to his school formal. Wasn’t scared to take on the New Zealand defensive line either with four tackle breaks and a line break.
MATT LODGE — 7.5
Another productive shift in the engine room. Made 25 tackles to go with 167 running metres (59 metres post-contact), two offloads, four tackle breaks and just one error that came the second after commentator Corey Parker talked him up. Often takes that tough first hit-up when the defensive line is set.
JAKE TURPIN — 8.5
Tackled like a demon (24 tackles) and provide plenty of creativity out of dummy-half. Nice passing game gave Broncos attack good width. Has given Seibold a headache when Andrew McCullough comes back.


It was a big night for the Broncos teenager. Image: AAP Image/David Rowland

PAYNE HAAS — 8.5
It took four Warriors to stop him in the first tackle of the match and was a handful for the next 79 minutes or so. Finished with 204 running metres (62 post contact) and had 35 tackles. It’s amazing how such a big unit has such a big engine. Brisbane needed the young fella to stand up and lead the way and he did. Should be a Blue.
ALEX GLENN — 8
Ripping game from the backrower. Went close to scoring twice and bent the Warriors defensive line with every carry. A team-high five tackle breaks, 95 running metres and 28 tackles. Cheers bro.
MATT GILLETT — 8
Warmed-up for Origin with a typical Matt Gillett sort of game. Forty tackles, 104 running metres, no errors. Finding some very nice form at the right time of the year. Was always going to take time to get right after some shocking luck with injuries.


Gillett was in the thick of it for Brisbane. Image: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

TEVITA PANGAI JNR — 6
NSW would not have been too heartbroken that he chose Tonga over the Cockroaches watching that. Had 77 metres and 21 tackles. Third-best player in his own backrow.
JAMES SEGEYARO — 6
Injected into the match after 55 minutes and was a safe pair of hands. Didn’t overplay things, couple of nice kicks, nine tackles, no misses. Steady-yaro.
DAVID FIFITA — 5.5
Three hit-ups, nine tackles. Not a lot of time on the field. Hardly the sort of output you’d expect from an Origin player either.
JOE OFAHENGAUE — 7.5
Should be in the Maroons 17. Another big impact off the bench. Rattled a few Warriors with some bell-ringing tackles. Had 109 metres and 21 tackles.
PATRICK CARRIGAN — 6
After 60 minutes of riding the pine, would have been thinking about what he was going to get at the duty free shop at the airport to make the trip worthwhile. Came out late (complete with ordinary moustache) and had six busy hit-ups and some strong defence.

Source: Courier Mail
 
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This is why you really don't need a 4 forward bench. 2 of our 3 bench forwards barely get any minutes already.
 

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Another 6 pointer would have had us at 7th.
While Bennetts bunnies go clear of the comp by 2 wins. Minor premiership is for them to lose from here.

We are every chance of top 4, just hope the coach does not change the team.
Top 4 is a stretch but the Top 8 is a real possibility when it looked impossible just three short weeks ago. There are three title contenders and the winner will be one of them. The other 13 teams lack consistency atm and the eventual top eight could be anything, they'll just be making up the numbers anyway. The Broncos will finish somewhere in the 7th-11th corridor.
 

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They used to get the feed from Sky Sports NZ. Now they just use their own commentators from their studio in Sydney. A cost cutting measure, I'm sure.
I actually think their current setup would cost more. Fox Sports (Fox League) have really stepped up their game with coverage. I actually think the significant increase in quality of their coverage is the driving factor of average crowds.

I absolutely hate it at the game when a player gets injured, or theres a penalty or knock on or something, and instead of showing a replay on the big screen, they tell you which idiot won a raffle, or tell you not to run onto the field or some other crap.

The game day experience at Broncos games, and that of the away games I go to is pretty crap to be honest.
 

McHunt

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LOL we're ONE for and against point out of the 8. Where was your textbook junktime field goal Milf?
Another 6 pointer would have had us at 7th.
While Bennetts bunnies go clear of the comp by 2 wins. Minor premiership is for them to lose from here.

We are every chance of top 4, just hope the coach does not change the team.
If the Dragons beat the Sharks by 6 or more we're in the 8.
 
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Jason Simmons

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Top 4 is a stretch but the Top 8 is a real possibility when it looked impossible just three short weeks ago. There are three title contenders and the winner will be one of them. The other 13 teams lack consistency atm and the eventual top eight could be anything, they'll just be making up the numbers anyway. The Broncos will finish somewhere in the 7th-11th corridor.
Eels, Knights and Raiders will fall away, the Sea Eagles will to, if their injuries stay as bad as they are.

I see us in the 4 - 8 range myself by seasons end if we keep improving as we have over the last month.
 

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Player ratings for Broncos victory over the Warriors
Greg Davis, The Courier-Mail
May 25, 2019 11:52am

With the dim lights and Kiwis everywhere, it could have been a Surfers Paradise nightclub.
And just like most nights out on the glitter strip, there was a fine line between triumph and tragedy in the low-scoring slugfest between Brisbane and the New Zealand Warriors at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday night.

Until the Milf — Anthony Milford — strolled in like he owned the joint. His darting run for the only try of the match handed Brisbane a hard-earned win that will be worth so much more than just two competition points because they had to dig so deep to claim them. Whenever a commentator describes a match as an “arm wrestle”, “chess match”, “one for the purists” or “intriguing”, you know the contest wasn’t pretty. But the way Brisbane tackled themselves to a standstill and hung tough would have been a thing of beauty for Broncos coach Anthony Seibold and his men.


It wasn’t the skipper’s best night. Image: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

DARIUS BOYD — 6.5
Solid from the skipper without anything particularly spectacular which is what you need in difficult conditions. Tried to inspire his troops with some big kick chases. Safe hands fielding kicks.
COREY OATES — 7
Ran for 135 metres and was one of only three Broncos to make a line break on the night. Did well given the lack of opportunities that came his way in the first half.
KOTONI STAGGS — 6.5
His high shot on Kodi Nikorima upset both teams because the former Bronco turned Warrior is a very popular guy. Made four tackle breaks but missed a team-high three tackles. Diffused a bomb at a critical time.
GEHAMAT SHIBASAKI — 6.5
Similar sort of night to Staggs as conditions did not suit outside backs. Three tackle breaks to go with three missed tackles on top of 14 tackles and 88 running metres.
JAMAYNE ISAAKO — 6
Peppered with high balls and had varying success. Quiet night in attack. Got bundled into touch with three tackles left in a set and the Broncos deep in attack. Long-range penalty goal on halftime was important.


Milford proved he’s can do it when he puts his mind to it. Image: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

ANTHONY MILFORD — 8
Always — ALWAYS — looks better when he runs the ball. Picked his moment beautifully to score the only try of the night when he left the tiring Warriors clutching at thin air. It was just his fourth run of the night but it counted. Kicked judiciously too.
TOM DEARDEN — 7.5
Stepped up and took on more responsibility with Brisbane’s kicking game. They didn’t always find their mark but this time last year he was working out what to wear to his school formal. Wasn’t scared to take on the New Zealand defensive line either with four tackle breaks and a line break.
MATT LODGE — 7.5
Another productive shift in the engine room. Made 25 tackles to go with 167 running metres (59 metres post-contact), two offloads, four tackle breaks and just one error that came the second after commentator Corey Parker talked him up. Often takes that tough first hit-up when the defensive line is set.
JAKE TURPIN — 8.5
Tackled like a demon (24 tackles) and provide plenty of creativity out of dummy-half. Nice passing game gave Broncos attack good width. Has given Seibold a headache when Andrew McCullough comes back.


It was a big night for the Broncos teenager. Image: AAP Image/David Rowland

PAYNE HAAS — 8.5
It took four Warriors to stop him in the first tackle of the match and was a handful for the next 79 minutes or so. Finished with 204 running metres (62 post contact) and had 35 tackles. It’s amazing how such a big unit has such a big engine. Brisbane needed the young fella to stand up and lead the way and he did. Should be a Blue.
ALEX GLENN — 8
Ripping game from the backrower. Went close to scoring twice and bent the Warriors defensive line with every carry. A team-high five tackle breaks, 95 running metres and 28 tackles. Cheers bro.
MATT GILLETT — 8
Warmed-up for Origin with a typical Matt Gillett sort of game. Forty tackles, 104 running metres, no errors. Finding some very nice form at the right time of the year. Was always going to take time to get right after some shocking luck with injuries.


Gillett was in the thick of it for Brisbane. Image: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

TEVITA PANGAI JNR — 6
NSW would not have been too heartbroken that he chose Tonga over the Cockroaches watching that. Had 77 metres and 21 tackles. Third-best player in his own backrow.
JAMES SEGEYARO — 6
Injected into the match after 55 minutes and was a safe pair of hands. Didn’t overplay things, couple of nice kicks, nine tackles, no misses. Steady-yaro.
DAVID FIFITA — 5.5
Three hit-ups, nine tackles. Not a lot of time on the field. Hardly the sort of output you’d expect from an Origin player either.
JOE OFAHENGAUE — 7.5
Should be in the Maroons 17. Another big impact off the bench. Rattled a few Warriors with some bell-ringing tackles. Had 109 metres and 21 tackles.
PATRICK CARRIGAN — 6
After 60 minutes of riding the pine, would have been thinking about what he was going to get at the duty free shop at the airport to make the trip worthwhile. Came out late (complete with ordinary moustache) and had six busy hit-ups and some strong defence.
I'd say the ratings are mostly fair. Probably a bit generous to Boyd, Shibasaki and Isaako. I'd probably deduct 0.5 from each of theres.

Carrigan did try hard when he came on, I just personally don't think he offers much impact off the bench.

I really want to see Fifita play centre. It's our weakest position and I think he could be huge there. Defensively should be good for one on one tackles, and he is a big body. Would be great for dearden to be able to hand him the ball.
- Merged

Eels, Knights and Raiders will fall away, the Sea Eagles will to, if their injuries stay as bad as they are.

I see us in the 4 - 8 range myself by seasons end if we keep improving as we have over the last month.
I don't think the Knights will. They should definitely be in the 8. Eels and Raiders I think will slide out. With only one of those two making the 8. Manly though, I think they could make the 8. THey have had some good wins without DCE and TommyT.
 
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Easily our least impressive player. All I can remember of him is a sloppy error that put us under a heap of pressure
Yep i do think he has hot dogs for fingers. He has had a few handling errors in his first grade appearances.

However, it is hard call to make as he has been solid in defence, and they say defence wins games.
 

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Player ratings for Broncos victory over the Warriors
Greg Davis, The Courier-Mail
May 25, 2019 11:52am

With the dim lights and Kiwis everywhere, it could have been a Surfers Paradise nightclub.
And just like most nights out on the glitter strip, there was a fine line between triumph and tragedy in the low-scoring slugfest between Brisbane and the New Zealand Warriors at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday night.

Until the Milf — Anthony Milford — strolled in like he owned the joint. His darting run for the only try of the match handed Brisbane a hard-earned win that will be worth so much more than just two competition points because they had to dig so deep to claim them. Whenever a commentator describes a match as an “arm wrestle”, “chess match”, “one for the purists” or “intriguing”, you know the contest wasn’t pretty. But the way Brisbane tackled themselves to a standstill and hung tough would have been a thing of beauty for Broncos coach Anthony Seibold and his men.


It wasn’t the skipper’s best night. Image: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

DARIUS BOYD — 6.5
Solid from the skipper without anything particularly spectacular which is what you need in difficult conditions. Tried to inspire his troops with some big kick chases. Safe hands fielding kicks.
COREY OATES — 7
Ran for 135 metres and was one of only three Broncos to make a line break on the night. Did well given the lack of opportunities that came his way in the first half.
KOTONI STAGGS — 6.5
His high shot on Kodi Nikorima upset both teams because the former Bronco turned Warrior is a very popular guy. Made four tackle breaks but missed a team-high three tackles. Diffused a bomb at a critical time.
GEHAMAT SHIBASAKI — 6.5
Similar sort of night to Staggs as conditions did not suit outside backs. Three tackle breaks to go with three missed tackles on top of 14 tackles and 88 running metres.
JAMAYNE ISAAKO — 6
Peppered with high balls and had varying success. Quiet night in attack. Got bundled into touch with three tackles left in a set and the Broncos deep in attack. Long-range penalty goal on halftime was important.


Milford proved he’s can do it when he puts his mind to it. Image: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

ANTHONY MILFORD — 8
Always — ALWAYS — looks better when he runs the ball. Picked his moment beautifully to score the only try of the night when he left the tiring Warriors clutching at thin air. It was just his fourth run of the night but it counted. Kicked judiciously too.
TOM DEARDEN — 7.5
Stepped up and took on more responsibility with Brisbane’s kicking game. They didn’t always find their mark but this time last year he was working out what to wear to his school formal. Wasn’t scared to take on the New Zealand defensive line either with four tackle breaks and a line break.
MATT LODGE — 7.5
Another productive shift in the engine room. Made 25 tackles to go with 167 running metres (59 metres post-contact), two offloads, four tackle breaks and just one error that came the second after commentator Corey Parker talked him up. Often takes that tough first hit-up when the defensive line is set.
JAKE TURPIN — 8.5
Tackled like a demon (24 tackles) and provide plenty of creativity out of dummy-half. Nice passing game gave Broncos attack good width. Has given Seibold a headache when Andrew McCullough comes back.


It was a big night for the Broncos teenager. Image: AAP Image/David Rowland

PAYNE HAAS — 8.5
It took four Warriors to stop him in the first tackle of the match and was a handful for the next 79 minutes or so. Finished with 204 running metres (62 post contact) and had 35 tackles. It’s amazing how such a big unit has such a big engine. Brisbane needed the young fella to stand up and lead the way and he did. Should be a Blue.
ALEX GLENN — 8
Ripping game from the backrower. Went close to scoring twice and bent the Warriors defensive line with every carry. A team-high five tackle breaks, 95 running metres and 28 tackles. Cheers bro.
MATT GILLETT — 8
Warmed-up for Origin with a typical Matt Gillett sort of game. Forty tackles, 104 running metres, no errors. Finding some very nice form at the right time of the year. Was always going to take time to get right after some shocking luck with injuries.


Gillett was in the thick of it for Brisbane. Image: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

TEVITA PANGAI JNR — 6
NSW would not have been too heartbroken that he chose Tonga over the Cockroaches watching that. Had 77 metres and 21 tackles. Third-best player in his own backrow.
JAMES SEGEYARO — 6
Injected into the match after 55 minutes and was a safe pair of hands. Didn’t overplay things, couple of nice kicks, nine tackles, no misses. Steady-yaro.
DAVID FIFITA — 5.5
Three hit-ups, nine tackles. Not a lot of time on the field. Hardly the sort of output you’d expect from an Origin player either.
JOE OFAHENGAUE — 7.5
Should be in the Maroons 17. Another big impact off the bench. Rattled a few Warriors with some bell-ringing tackles. Had 109 metres and 21 tackles.
PATRICK CARRIGAN — 6
After 60 minutes of riding the pine, would have been thinking about what he was going to get at the duty free shop at the airport to make the trip worthwhile. Came out late (complete with ordinary moustache) and had six busy hit-ups and some strong defence.
I think lodge may have been a bit dudded here, i thought he was at least an 8. I thought he was very strong tonight and made ground in sets when the rest of the team was struggling.

It was good to see deardon getting more involved in aattack this week, however i do wish that gillet would start running some lines into gaps for him (like he did last week but unfortunately dropped the ball) and some runners following him. At the moment when he runs he does not get much support so there is little threat to the defence. But it is only 4 weeks, those combinations will come
 

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Top 4 is a stretch but the Top 8 is a real possibility when it looked impossible just three short weeks ago. There are three title contenders and the winner will be one of them. The other 13 teams lack consistency atm and the eventual top eight could be anything, they'll just be making up the numbers anyway. The Broncos will finish somewhere in the 7th-11th corridor.
4th spot is wide open imo. I don't think the Knights are as good as their recent form suggests and the faders look like they're about to go on a run of losses without Hodgson.

Having a young squad might help us later in the season when the older bodies in other teams are severely banged up.
 

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Another Turpin start, another win. Offensively/Defensively broncos are better with him then with Macca. He is the man to unlock our forwards and halves. If we haven't secured his services for the future, he is only growing in value.

I've got a huuuuuuge question mark on Isaako. His 2019 form just makes me nervous when he's around the ball. Train Roberts at wing?

Offensively we played as bad as some of our biggest losses with handling/exeuction, we just have leveled up massively as a team in defense in such a short short time.
 

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Top 4 is a stretch but the Top 8 is a real possibility when it looked impossible just three short weeks ago. There are three title contenders and the winner will be one of them. The other 13 teams lack consistency atm and the eventual top eight could be anything, they'll just be making up the numbers anyway. The Broncos will finish somewhere in the 7th-11th corridor.
Fabulous predictions if you're suffering from depression!

Once the Broncos are established in the eight they will either be second or third favourites. They can absolutely brain any team in this competition and as belief spreads throughout the team the results will reflect the new collective state of mind.

I recommend backing them for the premiership. It will be the first time in history that the youngest team in the NRL wins the premiership. There's no team they fear. They're too young to know fear!!!
 

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I’ll just a few points that stood out to me.

- Turps tackling technique is beautiful. Gets low and puts his all into chopping players in half. Not to shit on Macca but I’ll take that over 50 soft tackles a game. Forced an error at one point and has left big men noticeably rattled a few times.

- Glenn was a stand out, especially early on when we were struggling to win the arm wrestle. Some great runs.

- Milf is really starting to hit some form. I don’t know if it’s just naturally starting to occur or if it’s influenced by Deardon or the new hookers but he is starting to really play like an elite half.

- although pretty uninspiring in attack, Shiba really seems to have been the missing piece in our right side defence. I wonder if turning Roberts into an Ado-Carr type winger is an option?

- Haas.
 
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I’ll just a few points that stood out to me.

- Turps tackling technique is beautiful. Gets low and puts his all into chopping players in half. Not to shit on Macca but I’ll take that over 50 soft tackles a game. Forced an error at one point and has left big men noticeably rattled a few times.

- Glenn was a stand out, especially early on when we were struggling to win the arm wrestle. Some great runs.

- Milf is really starting to hit some form. I don’t know if it’s just naturally starting to occur or if it’s influenced by Deardon or the new hookers but he is starting to really play like an elite half.

- although pretty uninspiring in attack, Shiba really seems to have been the missing piece in our right side defence. I wonder if turning Roberts into an Ado-Carr type winger is an option?

- Haas.
I've been screaming for this type of approach from our smaller players for years. I argued that they should be hitting the big guys where they're most vulnerable but everyone told me that wrapping up the ball, stopping offloads was more important. I countered with my claim that a big guy heading for a faceplant is more often interested in self preservation and the added bonus was you were more likely to hurt a big guy that way.

Up high they are armour plated, heavily muscled and even with two or three hanging off them they surge onwards. A big guy running hard who suddenly loses his leg drive can be hurt way more easily. Turpin reminds me a lot of Alf and Jeff Robson who cut them down with regularity, at least his tackling reminds me of them.
 

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1. Boyd - I've been pretty happy with his efforts the past couple of games. It's clear he's taken the criticism of him pretty seriously, but you need only watch the likes of RTS, Ponga and Tedesco to see just how far off the pace he is. I dearly hope he is giving retirement serious thought so we can poach Ponga. 5
2. Oates - It's been a quiet couple of games try scoring wise for Corey, but his runs out of our end are as good as ever. He also seems to have really cleaned up his efforts under the high ball. Now if only his wing partner could do the same. 6
3. Staggs - Always runs with plenty of vigor, very rarely if ever makes an error or gives away a cheap penalty and defends stoutly on his edge. He practically owns the number 3 now barring a massive fall in form. 6
4. Shibasaki - Sorry folks, I'm just not seeing it. Even a lazy Roberts generally offered more than this bloke. He seems to have solid defence but doesn't know how to find space and regularly spills the ball in poor errors. He reminds me a lot of Whitchurch to be honest. If I were coach he'd be out for Roberts in a fortnight. 4
5. Isaako - Call it lowered expectations after years of having shit goalkickers, I do love what he brings with his kicking boot, but FMD is he shaky under the high ball. He was very lucky the team were defending so well because the Warriors were bombing him like Dresden with great effect and if our defensive effort was off, they would have carved us off the back of it. He needs to get it right and fast. 5
6. Milford - Seems to be growing in confidence with every passing week. He has the ball on a string with his general play kicks at the moment, and is even finding his fleet footedness again to break the game open when the time came. We probably won't ever see 2015 Milf again, but that's because his role in the team structure has fundamentally changed. That doesn't make him any less valuable. 9
7. Dearden - I don't think I speak out of turn when I say his composure and discipline at such a young age with so few games is Lockyesque. He is gonna be some player. He has taken a mountain of pressure off Milf's back and allowed him to play the way he wants. He came up against the bloke he replaced and for mine won the duel comfortably. Needs to work on those long kicks but that will come with experience. 7
8. Lodge - Alongside Haas the best front row pairing in the comp on form. They're making 150+ metre efforts a regularity and laying a perfect platform for the spine to work and in the case of Dearden and Turpin, find their feet in first grade. Will almost certainly be wearing blue this year. 8
9. Turpin - The "lucky charm" continues to impress. Hits like an axe in defence despite being such a small bloke and provides golden service in the ruck. He is close to everything we have been missing in the Macca era. If he can get the silly penalties out of his game, he will be hard to unseat. If he is unseated by McC, it is a disgusting injustice and he might even start fielding strong offers from other clubs. 8
10 . Haas - He is some sort of freak. Has to have the highest ceiling of any young prop in a generation. He even makes the Peptide Sharks look soft in comparison. Averages 150+ metres a game with 30+ tackles and makes it look easy. I'll say it again, thank **** we have him locked up long term. 9
11. Glenn - Has lifted his game in a big way over the past few weeks. Perhaps he saw the young forwards coming up in the rear view mirror and chose to go out on his own terms. Either way he is proving to be an invaluable source of experience. Is still outplaying Gillett which is a credit to him. The question is for how long. 7
12. Gillett - I was happy to see him a bit closer to his best. Defended really well and found some room for some decent runs. It's well timed with his inevitable Origin call up next week. The neck seems to be holding up well even in heavy defensive affairs like that game. 6
13. TPJ - Has admittedly been pretty overshadowed by some of his fellow forwards for awhile. He still looks like he puts the fear of death in the defence every time he runs despite not killing them. Still if he wants big money he needs to find a way to try and get close to what he did to the Cows with some sort of regularity. 6

14. Segeyaro - It was somewhat more of a low key night out for Segs compared to his debut, but I put that down to the heavy grind nature of the game more than anything else. Delivered a nice pass to Milf for his try but little else to remark about. 6
15. Fifita - It's becoming hard to write a comment about him to be honest. Maybe he is being underutilized. I'm still waiting for that moment when he gets a beauty of a short pass from a half to barge over the line at speed. Right now all he seems to be doing is unremarkable hitups. 5
18. Carrigan - Apart from that one unfortunate error in our half, it was a solid bench performance. I'm not sure whether he provides more or less than Flegler, but for Wolfie's sake I'm happy to give him a chance to mature. Still think he should be starting 13 with TPJ coming on as impact. 6
17. Joe O - Still has a big problem with consistency. One minute he is delivering a superb bench prop performance a week after resigning, the next he's being comprehensively outplayed by a 10 game youth. Maybe just keeping the motor going is all we need from him, but from a player with his experience I would have expected more. 5
 
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