I was at the game last night and there was plenty of pre game talk from Broncos fans about their young crop of forwards and the like of Haas and Fifita were going to rip shreds off the Tigers.
One bloke even said “who do the Tigers even have in the forwards to match them?”
“They’ve only got has beens like Farah and Packer”.
Obviously a bit of banter and cockiness from him in those words. But got me thinking how some of our blokes have been steadily improving with each game and just getting on with business. Its proving to be ideal that the media and footy fans aren’t pumping them up like they do to others players and teams.
I’d heard or read about most of these guys before i had ever seen them play. The likes of:
Yet a lot of fans of other teams wouldn’t know the names or at least be able to put a face to the name of some of our boys, the likes of:
I obviously had the last laugh, but twice I heard the same question.
“Who that guy”?
I was tempted to leave it alone each time because I only overheard fans talking amongst themselves and its proving to be best that some of our players aren’t well known. For example, the hype around those Broncos forwards has been inflated or they are at least struggling to live up to the expectations. So i was happy to keep it that way, but the loyalty and fondness I have for Tigers players and the fact some of the Broncos fans pre-game weren’t exactly humble, i couldn’t help myself and had to butt in and let them know exactly who the players are that they were talking about.
For the record the first was Alex Twal and the second Luke Garner.
I also threw in 1 time “so who’s that guy playing prop for the Broncos that’s dropped it 3 times?”
Whilst some of our young forwards might not be stars or even mentioned in potential representative discussions, some of them are on the right track to become household names amongst all NRL fans, not through hype but through proven consistency and hard work.
Twal is top of the list imo and i think there is something quietly special about Garner.
Watch this space!