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Monday, 11 March 2019

The tactical genius who fixed broken Broncos


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Most NRL experts have highlighted Brisbane’s massive young forward pack as being the benchmark throughout the entire competition.

But what’s a powerful forward pack worth without a halves combination directing the ship and capitalising on space around the ruck?

That’s the burning question that will be hovering over Broncos playmakers Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima this season as they aim to bring a premiership back to Brisbane for the first time since 2006.

Milford and Nikorima got off to a shaky start last year, giving critics all the fuel they needed to write off the Broncos’ chances .

And while Brisbane made the top eight, only to be bundled out in the first week at home to the Dragons, the side’s playmakers took a little while to gel.

It took the much-maligned halves pairing until round seven to notch up a single try assist in 2018, adding credence to the notion that two running players can’t partner each other at the scrum-base.

While both Nikorima and Milford have built their reputations on being able to create something from nothing through their penchant for unstructured play and open field running, the Broncos lacked direction at key points last season with the side in desperate need of a game manager.

And according to Brisbane and Maroons legend Darren Lockyer, new Broncos coach Anthony Seibold is the perfect mentor to transform the side’s halves into brilliant individual players with the ability to put the team in the right position.

In his first and only year at Souths, Seibold oversaw the prominence of the Rabbitohs’ halves Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker, which led the club to a third place finish during the regular season, with the side’s title challenge ending in the preliminary finals.

“Players still have strengths and weaknesses in their game and they’re still going to play to those,” Lockyer told Wide World of Sports.

“But I think just from an approach on how they want to go about their methods and how they mentally approach their game, I think it will result in more consistent performances from the players (Milford and Nikorima).”

Seibold has been hailed as the type of coach who’s an innovator, looking to employ different methods on the training pitch in order to get his players to think differently about their roles.

The new Broncos coach even sent Milford and Nikorima to North Melbourne’s AFL headquarters for a couple of days to absorb different styles of leadership that could be transferred across to help them with the daily grind of the NRL.

Milford is one of the best instinctive players in the league, yet unlocking his true potential is inevitably linked to Nikorima.

If Nikorima can allow Milford to concentrate on playing what he sees, while the halfback steers the team around the field and manages the game plan through a strong kicking game, the Broncos will develop more confidence in taking control of games and being more sensitive to what the team needs at certain points within the contest.

Anthony Seibold

And that’s precisely why Seibold also enlisted the services of Newcastle legend Matthew Johns to help foster that sense of maturity, according to Lockyer.

“When Seibold worked in Melbourne Matty was there,” Lockyer said.

“I think Seibs saw value of what someone could like that could do for Cooper Cronk. Milford’s a natural talent, as he matures he’ll get more confident in game management, but it’s more those tactical things the Johns boys are really good at.

“Like if the ball is in this position then this is what you should be looking at. It’s really good for Anthony and Kodi who are really good at playing what’s in front of them but when they’ve got a structured defensive line against them and the ball’s in a certain position, that’s what Matty can help them with.”

Key to transforming the Broncos’ playmakers into a steadying force within the team is also adjusting the depth of their outside backs.

Since Brett Kimmorley’s days at the Melbourne Storm in the late 90s and early 2000s, a flat style of attack has been a long-standing trend within the NRL, moving away from the days of having playmakers exaggerating their depth, which lured defenders forward, staggering the defensive line, giving the ball player and the outside backs more room to create.

The flat-style of attack is most advantageous when accompanied by a quick-dummy-half, giving the ball-player the best chance of catching the defence flat-footed, allowing the ball-runners to make the most of their angles at speed.

However, the flat style can make life difficult for outside backs because by the time they get the ball, there’s a fair chance the defence is already in their face, forcing edge players to catch and pass quickly, potentially leading to a lack of fluidity.

Seibold was lauded for the way he combined the flat and deep style offence at South Sydney.

The Bunnies created a hybrid system which saw Reynolds stand flat to capitalise on Damien Cook’s speed from dummy-half. While having the likes of Greg Inglis standing deep out wide, giving him more room to move when the defence is set.

Such a system allowed the Bunnies to play to their strengths and Lockyer says that’s exactly what Seibold is looking to implement at Red Hill.

“The strength for Kodi and Anthony is that they run flat against a broken line. It’s up to the forwards to create that momentum,” Lockyer said.

“The guys who can play against a set defence you’ll see them playing with depth.

“That was one of the real traits of South Sydney last year and I think you’ll find a bit more of that with the Broncos. I reckon you’ll get a lot of depth from the outside backs from the Broncos but you’ll still see those guys playing flat.”

Most NRL experts have highlighted Brisbane’s massive young forward pack as being the benchmark throughout the entire competition.

But what’s a powerful forward pack worth without a halves combination directing the ship and capitalising on space around the ruck?

That’s the burning question that will be hovering over Broncos playmakers Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima this season as they aim to bring a premiership back to Brisbane for the first time since 2006.

Milford and Nikorima got off to a shaky start last year, giving critics all the fuel they needed to write off the Broncos’ chances .

And while Brisbane made the top eight, only to be bundled out in the first week at home to the Dragons, the side’s playmakers took a little while to gel.

It took the much-maligned halves pairing until round seven to notch up a single try assist in 2018, adding credence to the notion that two running players can’t partner each other at the scrum-base.

While both Nikorima and Milford have built their reputations on being able to create something from nothing through their penchant for unstructured play and open field running, the Broncos lacked direction at key points last season with the side in desperate need of a game manager.

And according to Brisbane and Maroons legend Darren Lockyer, new Broncos coach Anthony Seibold is the perfect mentor to transform the side’s halves into brilliant individual players with the ability to put the team in the right position.

In his first and only year at Souths, Seibold oversaw the prominence of the Rabbitohs’ halves Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker, which led the club to a third place finish during the regular season, with the side’s title challenge ending in the preliminary finals.

“Players still have strengths and weaknesses in their game and they’re still going to play to those,” Lockyer told Wide World of Sports.

“But I think just from an approach on how they want to go about their methods and how they mentally approach their game, I think it will result in more consistent performances from the players (Milford and Nikorima).”

Seibold has been hailed as the type of coach who’s an innovator, looking to employ different methods on the training pitch in order to get his players to think differently about their roles.

The new Broncos coach even sent Milford and Nikorima to North Melbourne’s AFL headquarters for a couple of days to absorb different styles of leadership that could be transferred across to help them with the daily grind of the NRL.

Milford is one of the best instinctive players in the league, yet unlocking his true potential is inevitably linked to Nikorima.

If Nikorima can allow Milford to concentrate on playing what he sees, while the halfback steers the team around the field and manages the game plan through a strong kicking game, the Broncos will develop more confidence in taking control of games and being more sensitive to what the team needs at certain points within the contest.

Anthony Seibold

And that’s precisely why Seibold also enlisted the services of Newcastle legend Matthew Johns to help foster that sense of maturity, according to Lockyer.

“When Seibold worked in Melbourne Matty was there,” Lockyer said.

“I think Seibs saw value of what someone could like that could do for Cooper Cronk. Milford’s a natural talent, as he matures he’ll get more confident in game management, but it’s more those tactical things the Johns boys are really good at.

“Like if the ball is in this position then this is what you should be looking at. It’s really good for Anthony and Kodi who are really good at playing what’s in front of them but when they’ve got a structured defensive line against them and the ball’s in a certain position, that’s what Matty can help them with.”

Key to transforming the Broncos’ playmakers into a steadying force within the team is also adjusting the depth of their outside backs.

Since Brett Kimmorley’s days at the Melbourne Storm in the late 90s and early 2000s, a flat style of attack has been a long-standing trend within the NRL, moving away from the days of having playmakers exaggerating their depth, which lured defenders forward, staggering the defensive line, giving the ball player and the outside backs more room to create.

The flat-style of attack is most advantageous when accompanied by a quick-dummy-half, giving the ball-player the best chance of catching the defence flat-footed, allowing the ball-runners to make the most of their angles at speed.

However, the flat style can make life difficult for outside backs because by the time they get the ball, there’s a fair chance the defence is already in their face, forcing edge players to catch and pass quickly, potentially leading to a lack of fluidity.

Seibold was lauded for the way he combined the flat and deep style offence at South Sydney.

The Bunnies created a hybrid system which saw Reynolds stand flat to capitalise on Damien Cook’s speed from dummy-half. While having the likes of Greg Inglis standing deep out wide, giving him more room to move when the defence is set.

Such a system allowed the Bunnies to play to their strengths and Lockyer says that’s exactly what Seibold is looking to implement at Red Hill.

“The strength for Kodi and Anthony is that they run flat against a broken line. It’s up to the forwards to create that momentum,” Lockyer said.

“The guys who can play against a set defence you’ll see them playing with depth.

“That was one of the real traits of South Sydney last year and I think you’ll find a bit more of that with the Broncos. I reckon you’ll get a lot of depth from the outside backs from the Broncos but you’ll still see those guys playing flat.”

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