Sport

Anthony Milford outstanding in Maroons audition

Tautau Moga of the Brisbane Broncos leaps over the Wests Tigers defence to score a try.
Tautau Moga of the Brisbane Broncos leaps over the Wests Tigers defence to score a try. DAN PELED

ANTHONY Milford and Darius Boyd have starred in Brisbane's 36-0 demolition of the Wests Tigers at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Milford in particular was instrumental in the huge win, notching up three try assists and a try as the Broncos ran rampant against a Tigers outfit who were without Luke Brooks and Chris Lawrence (both injured), as well as Mitchell Moses, who was released to Parramatta on Tuesday.

The performances of both Broncos players couldn't have come at a better time with the Queensland Origin team to be named on Monday - but it's sure to give Maroons coach Kevin Walters an even bigger selection headache.

Boyd's in a two-horse race with veteran fullback Billy Slater for the No.1 jersey, while Milford is among the contenders to replace Johnathan Thurston in the halves should the Maroons star not overcome a shoulder injury in time for game one.

"He's the Australian fullback for a reason, his skills tonight have been great," Walters said of Boyd on Friday Night Footy on Fox League.

"The conditions tonight weren't ideal but he's taken some great options with his passing and his running. That's why the decision is going to be quite difficult as to put at fullback for Queensland.

 

Kevin Naiqama of the Wests Tigers (centre) is tackled.
Kevin Naiqama of the Wests Tigers (centre) is tackled. DAN PELED

"We're so fortunate to have two quality fullbacks in such good touch.

"Milford and Boyd have really showcased their skills, partocuarly in the last 10 minutes (before halftime)."

Walters said Milford was very much in the frame should Thurston not play in the series opener.

"Milford at some stage will play Origin down the track. He may get an opportunity if Johnathan Thurston isn't fit enough for game one," he said.

"Milford, having worked with him at the Broncos in 2015, I know his capability. He's a very exciting player and in the last couple of weeks he has stood up without Ben Hunt and really taken control of his Broncos team in conjunction with Nikorima.

"I like the way he plays so straight and direct at the line. He puts the defence under enormous pressure."

News Corp Australia

Topics:  brisbane broncos editors picks wests tigers



Treseder has season best result in Sydney

Bundaberg's Kel Treseder finished second for the round in Aussie Racing Cars in Sydney.

Treseder is now in outright fifth position

Thieves steal paraplegic's quad bike and his freedom

STOLEN: The stolen quad bike was of the same model and colour as the one pictured.

Modified quad bike stolen from East Bundy

Law to combat misuse of power

Vegetable industry body Ausveg has welcomed new legislation.

Vegetable industry body Ausveg has welcomed new legislation.

Local Partners

Reese Witherspoon on being a ‘has-been’ at 36

REESE Witherspoon might have an Oscar on her mantle and made millions at the box office but that hasn’t stopped people declaring her career is over.

Helping kids understand the wonder of the bush

FARM TV: Cilla Slack has just released her second series of Blue Gum Farm TV. The Gayndah farmer's show is available to download around the world.

Second series released for farm girl Cilla at Blue Gum Farm TV

RECAP: Game of Thrones s7 e6 - Beyond the Wall

Kristofer Hivju, Kit Harington, Iain Glen, Paul Kaye and Joe Dempsie in a scene from Game of Thrones.

*Warning this story contains spoilers about today's new episode*

Paul Kelly announces massive Australian tour

Paul Kelly is going on a 16-date national tour in November.

Music legend thrills fans with the announcement of a massive tour.

Survivor twist bound to shock

Sunshine Coast mum-of-three Tara Pitt.

TARA Pitt benefited from a shock twist on Australian Survivor.

The Block goes back to school with gorgeous kids rooms

Ronnie and Georgia's winning kids bedroom in a scene from The Block.

ONE magical bedroom received the first perfect score of the season.

What's on the small screen this week

Rob Collins and Jessica Marais in a scene from season two of The Wrong Girl.

JESSICA Marais returns in The Wrong Girl.

Residents fear sand mine sell out by State Minister

Sand mine opponents attend the Nambour Council Chambers.Cou

Further testing undertaken on site, despite claims of significance

Investors quick to snap up property in key growth corridor

High-profile commercial site sells at auction for $4.920m

EXPLAINED: What the 'Costco effect' means for Ipswich

PRICE WARS: A Costco store similar to this one in Canberra, is planned for Ipswich.

Exclusive 'cult' about to change how families do grocery shopping

4800 homes to be built in massive new Coast estate

Masterplanned community full steam ahead - it's not Caloundra South