Wilfred Zee wraps up the stars and flops of round one.
Wilfred Zee wraps up the stars and flops of round one.

Wilfred’s NRL Wrap: Jimmy the Jet soars for Broncos

HE'S back! Former SuperCoach NRL champion Wilfred Zee looks at the good, bad and ugly of Round One.

Dragons v Broncos (34-12)

And we're under way for 2018! How good it is to have some footy back! I'm not even sad my Broncos got belted … or that my guy Milford flopped … the footy's back!

Both teams looked poor early on, but it was the Dragons who clicked into gear, eventually running away with the game. There were several good performances so let's look at some of the key performers and flops.




The Good

Gareth Widdop (92)

I was a doubter, but gosh he sure showed me. Widdop looked so comfortable as he sat back and let Ben Hunt control the game and picked his moments perfectly. The Dragons pivot laid on two tries, assisted three line breaks, forced a dropout and made an offload (yet to be updated). As always, he only had 14 points in pure base stats but he kicked an impressive seven goals from eight attempts to prop up his score nicely.

James Roberts (78)

One of the Broncos' best, Jimmy the Jet showed what he can do when given half an opportunity, creating space just by running rings around the slower but more powerful Tim Lafai. A brilliant (or maybe fortunate) piece of improvisation from Jamayne Isaako playing off the opportunity initially created by Jimmy's run around Lafai, followed by a perfectly-timed run off a Darius Boyd short ball, saw Roberts score his two tries accompanied by two line breaks. Otherwise his other points came from five tackle busts and just 16 points in pure base stats, which was slightly concerning.

James Roberts dives over for one of his two tries. Picture: Phil Hillyard
James Roberts dives over for one of his two tries. Picture: Phil Hillyard

The Bad

Anthony Milford (16)/Kodi Nikorima (14)

The Broncos were thoroughly outplayed by the Dragons and it showed through the scores of their halves. Both struggled to make any impact on the game and were completely contained by the Dragons' defence. Is this a sign of things to come? As an apparently one-eyed Broncos fan, I need to be careful here - but I felt like there were shades of the Broncos' season-opening loss to the Rabbitohs in 2015, a 36-6 drubbing, which was the start of the "doom and gloom" season where they lost in the final seconds to the Cowboys in the Grand Final. So basically, let's not jump to any conclusions - both Milford and Nikorima deserve another chance in your teams.

Tim Lafai (15)

Lafai, however, was a bit concerning. He was obviously shown up in defence, given Jimmy the Jet blew past him both times for his tries, but he also had no tackle busts and most critically, no offloads. Alarm bells should be ringing for the two per cent of teams that currently on him.

The Ugly

No major injuries to note, although Graham did come off the field and get his right arm strapped due to a cork (came back in the second half) and Paul Vaughan copped a late hit from Jaydn Su'A which firstly made him spew up on the field, then made him come off. Keep an eye on that, as it looked like his ribs were hit quite hard.

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