Tyson Gamble is exactly the voice the Brisbane Broncos have been craving across two years of ambiguity on the park.
NRL underdog Tyson Gamble is exactly the voice the Broncos have been craving across two years of ambiguity on the park, says league legend Peter Sterling.
Gamble announced himself on the national stage on Friday night as he marched his troops around the paddock and onto a historic comeback over the Gold Coast Titans after trailing by 22-points in the opening 15-minutes of play.
Thrown into the mix in lieu of Tom Dearden and Brodie Croft who were dropped to reserve, Gamble was given the opportunity to prove his worth in arguably the most high-pressure position going around – the Broncos’ No.7 jersey – and he grabbed it with both hands.
Partnering Anthony Milford, Gamble’s commanding, organisational play proved the leadership Brisbane had been craving, and Sterling believes it could be a turning point for the Queenslanders.
“We’ve always known that there’s so much ability in this side, but we finally saw a young player come in and be the voice they always wanted,” Sterling told Wide World of Sports’ Sterlo’s Wrap.
“We’ve said so many times before that, especially for the halfback, the body language is everything. The body language of this young man Tyson Gamble was fantastic.
“I don’t know if it was bravado or this is how he normally goes, but I think four games in four years in first-grade, he realised that this was his opportunity, this was his night, and he just grabbed it.
“He put himself in the right position, with the right voice and the right body language, and everybody just fitted in around him. None more so than Anthony Milford.
“He knew where he had to be because the No.7 stood up and basically, through the way he imposed himself on the game, physically and vocally, everybody thought ‘okay, this is the way it’s meant to be’.”
A noticeably upbeat Milford himself told Nine following Friday’s victory, how much easier it was to enact his game with Gamble organising the field.
“He was really lippy, he got in there,” Milford told said at full-time. “We played together at Souths Logan, he allowed me to play more freely and pick my spots in.
“I thought he was really good tonight.”
The Broncos’ fourth halves pairing in eight weeks combined for 353 kicking metres and an assist, but more importantly, it was Gamble’s steady orchestration that saw Broncos comeback from the brink of another walloping when they fell grossly behind in the opening minutes of the match.
“I just want to talk about Tyson Gamble,” Storm great Billy Slater said after the Broncos’ win.
“He’s the one organising play, he’s the one talking and pointing. He is getting to the points and getting these plays on.
“He was outstanding in this game, he just gave so much structure and gave Milford that freedom.
“Without hearing what was said on the field, you knew he had control of the field with his hands, his gestures he was telling people what position and where to get in, that’s what you want from a directive half.”
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