Bennett to remain at Broncos for 2019

The Brisbane Broncos have today announced, via social media, super coach Wayne Bennett will see-out his contract and will coach the Broncos in 2019. 

This would, therefore, mean incumbent coach Anthony Siebold will be at the helm of the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the 2019 season. 

This is great news for both clubs and players as they can now move on and get stuck into pre-season training without the coaching cloud hovering above both clubs. 

Now, will this harm the 2019 seasons for both clubs? 

Players will know they have a new coach coming in 2020, shouldn’t that mean they will be out there to impress?

Let’s face it, at the end of the day the players just want to play right.

The question is, however, will either coach have one eye on the team that will be theirs in 2020?

Or, do they focus on the job at hand in 2019?

Does Bennett or Siebold have a say in who stays and who goes at either club?

Or, is this a situation where the CEO’s take control until 2020 comes by?

It will all make for an interesting season ahead for both clubs.

Souths are in a great position, Siebold took them to within a game of a GF in his first year as head coach, he certainly has a squad there that could go all the way. 

The Broncos had an inconsistent year last year but still managed to make finals and unearth some huge junior talent while they were at it. 

What a way it would be to go out if Bennett took them all the way to a premiership in his final year at the Broncos?

Given his history, it very well could happen, a bit of an ‘up yours’ to the Broncos hierarchy while also saying “I’ve still got it”. 

The Thursday night clash on the 2nd of May, when these clubs meet for the first time in 2019, will certainly have some extra spice and feel to it. 

How do you think the clubs will fare in 2019 let us know in the comments below?

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Seagulls recruitment the key to 2019 success

Wynnum-Manly Seagulls’ 2018 season didn’t go to plan but 2019 looks set to be one cracking year for the Intrust Super Cup club.

2018 was a season that looked to be full of promise for the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls, eyeing for another Intrust Super Cup to go with the two they already own. 

It must be said the season didn’t go the way they wanted it to.

Coach Adam Brideson first year in charge was a difficult one his main task trying to get this talented side to compete for the full 80 minutes.

In the end they couldn’t do it enough and finished a measely 12th. 

Although there were a few highs in the season, Daniel Ogden breaking the Intrust Super Cup tryscoring record and the emergence of hulking 119kg prop Payne Haas who went on to play with the Brisbane Broncos. 

2019 is set to be a huge year for the Gulls and there newly resigned coach Brideson.

The club and fans demand success and the recruitment has been top notch.

Yes, they have lost Club stalwart Ogden to ritement aswell as Michael Dobson and former captain Mitchell Frei has left the club on compassionate grounds.

But what they have brought in is pure quality. 

The number one signing to replace the retired Dobson has been the signing of of Sam Scarlett.

Scarlett, formerly with the Souths Logan Magpies and Brisbane Broncos, has been a standout performer in recent years.

Scarlett possess a running game that will keep any team on their toes but can also control a team when it’s needed.

His combination with electric half Shaun Nona will be one to watch. 

The Seagulls have also added Matiu Love-Henry, Junior Pauga and Patrick Sipley all from the New Zealand Warriors and Papua New Guinea internationals Rahdly Brawa and Edene Gebbie.

On top of that Salesi Funaki, Moses Pangai and Matt Groat have all signed the dotted line for 2019.

Regulars Patrick Carrigan, Max Elliot and Alex Barr will be banging on the door of the NRL selectors as usual. 

Let’s not forgot Wynnum-Manly’s BRL team also took out the In Safe Hands Cup in 2018.

So they do have a depth of talent to pick from in 2019.

A top 4 finish should be a minium for the Gulls in 2019 and, on paper, are a genuine title contender.

Anything less will be a disappointment. 

OPINION: 2019 halves options for QLD NRL teams

With offseason training in full swing, Sports Talk regular Cameron Anchor takes a look at the halves options for the Queensland NRL teams.

Plenty to look forward to for the 2019 season.

What strikes me for all QLD sides, is they all have halves pairings that are up in the air at this stage.

We all know how important it is to have quality halves on the paddock that work well together. 

So let’s have a look at some of the options,

Gold Coast Titans

The Titans will be looking to improve on previous poor seasons and whoever partners Ash Taylor will go a long way to helping them in doing that.

Obviously, AJ Brimson had a breakout year in 2018 but he also covers the FB role and is probably best suited there.

Tyrone Roberts back from a stint overseas could also fill that role?

Then you have Bryce Cartwright a huge recruit last year that didn’t live up to the hype, could 2019 be the year he shines again? 

North Queensland Cowboys

Can you replace the great man JT?

No, you can’t, so who helps Michael Morgan in trying to fill the void as best as they can?

Te Marie Martin played a bit of everywhere in 2018 and is a known half.

You also have Jake Clifford who tore the Intrust Super Cup to shreds in 2018 and as a result of that good form finished the year playing alongside JT. 

Brisbane Broncos

Well by the looks of things Anthony Milford the Broncos player of the year in 2018 will be one starting half.

So who partners him?

Kodi Nikorima had an up and down year although finished the year strong, earning himself a starting role in the halves for the NZ Kiwis.

Then you have Sean O’Sullivan the new recruit from the Roosters who had a taste of first grade in 2018 and didn’t disappoint.

Is he the controlling halfback the Broncos have been screaming for?

Or, Troy Dargan who’s been playing consistent footy in Q cup for some time now. 

Is there anyone I’ve missed? Let me know how you think the halves pairings will pan out in the comments below.