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  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby League

    Boyd not the new the Lockyer: Broncos

    Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has ruled out switching Darius Boyd from fullback to five-eighth to inspire his mis-firing NRL side.

    - article from www.rugbyleague.co.nz

    Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has ruled out a Darren Lockyer-like move into the halves for skipper Darius Boyd despite his side's failure to fire in the first month of the NRL season.

    Heading into Saturday's clash with Newcastle at McDonald Jones Stadium, plenty of questions are being asked of Broncos halves Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima and their game management.

    It's been suggested the solution is sitting directly under Bennett's nose in the form of fullback Boyd.

    For years Boyd has served as a defacto playmaker with his sweeping runs out the back forming a big part of the Broncos attack.

    However Bennett bluntly ruled out moving Boyd from the No.1 to No.6, as he did with former captain Lockyer in 2004.

    Asked if Boyd could be shifted into the halves, Bennett snapped: "That's the ill-informed talking to be honest with you.

    "If you know football and you watch Darius play, the one thing he can't play is six.

    "He might play first receiver standing there passing the ball but he is not a creative player that you need around that halfback position, it's not his natural game.

    "His whole life has been at the back running and setting up plays in that position.

    "Halfbacks and five-eighths play with a lot more pressure on them than anyone else in the team."

    Bennett reiterated his support for Nikorima and Milford, despite his side scoring an average of two tries per game in 2018, the equal second fewest in the competition.

    "I believe those two guys can get the job done and they've got the job done in the past," Bennett said.

    The Knights and Broncos go into their meeting on four points with Nathan Brown's side given an opportunity to prove a point against former Newcastle mentor Bennett.

    Knights halfback Mitchell Pearce said he was wary of Milford and Nikorima bouncing back in the wake of last week's embarrassing loss to the Gold Coast.

    "They've obviously great little players, special players," Pearce said.

    "They score plenty of tries and breaks off show-and-goes and linebreaks off individual talent.

    "It's no secret how good they are with the ball."

    Tevita Pangai Jr and Corey Oates have both been cleared to return against the Knights.

    STATS THAT MATTER

    * Newcastle have their worst winning record against the Broncos, managing just 13 wins from 47 games. They are on a six-match losing streak against them.

    * After four rounds, the Knights are the only side to not go into half-time with a lead.

    * Brisbane have scored only 59 points through their first four rounds, their lowest since scoring 50 points through their first four matches in 1999.

    Source: Fox Sports Stats


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