MOLE’S HITS AND MISSES: Brisbane’s woeful recruitment and retention was highlighted again over the weekend.
BRONCOS BLUNDER LAID BARE BY WALSH
Brisbane’s woeful recruitment and retention was highlighted again over the weekend in the Warriors’ gritty 24-20 win over the Cowboys.
The standout player for the Warriors was Broncos discard Reece Walsh, who created one try, had another disallowed and looked dangerous throughout.
With the Broncos crying out for a playmaker, they never even gave Walsh, who looks a fine prospect, a chance.
The youngster moved to the Warriors recently, was tossed straight into first grade at 18, has played two fine games and has a huge future.
GRANT HAS GRIT BEHIND THE GUILE
We have all marvelled at Harry Grant’s skill and speed over the past 12 months, but he showed a new side to his game against Cronulla – toughness.
In his starting debut for the Storm, Grant was clearly targeted by the Sharks’ big middle forwards, who used him as a speed bump.
The mighty mite was sat on his arse half a dozen times by the Cronulla giants but bounced back up every time despite some heavy knocks.
He also dislocated a finger TWICE during the game but kept on going, only coming off when the match was well won in the final stages.
GAMBLE PAYS OFF IN HISTORIC FIGHTBACK WIN
Tyson Gamble’s NRL career looked over before it ever really began, with just three games to his name at the age of 24.
But the unheralded halfback proved the man who sparked the Broncos’ remarkable comeback from the dead against the Titans last Friday night.
And he may just be the player to get the pride back into the Broncos, judging by his take-no-prisoners approach.
With Tom Dearden, Anthony Milford and Brodie Croft all failing dismally in the playmaking role, Gamble was handed the keys to the Broncos’ attack by a desperate coach Kevin Walters.
With his team down 22-0 early, heads were dropping and the Broncos were bracing for yet another thrashing.
But the cheeky Gamble would have none of it. He aggressively took on the Titans, daring his team-mates to follow his lead … and they did, as the Broncos pulled off the biggest fightback in the club’s history.
TUPOU COULD BE TRICOLOURS’ TOP TRY-SCORER
Daniel Tupou is on target to become the highest try-scoring Rooster of all time if he maintains his current strike rate for another few seasons.
Tupou had a fine game against the Knights on Saturday night, scoring one try and laying on another for Josh Morris.
That try took him to 105 career tries for the club, in third spot, one ahead of 1970s legend Bill Mullins.
He still has a way to go to catch Anthony Minichiello’s 139 ‘meat pies’ – but with Sam Walker set to throw him plenty more of those lovely long balls in the future, he’s a chance.
GI SHOWS HE STILL HAS IT IN COMEBACK
For those who missed it, Greg Inglis was a success in his comeback to football in his first game for over two years for English club Warrington.
The 34-year-old former Souths and Melbourne star alternated between fullback and centre and scored a try on debut as Warrington scored a 50-26 victory over Hull KR.
“We were very happy with him and he will get better as he gets more footy under his belt,” Wolves boss Karl Fitzpatrick told me from the UK.
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