South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett has taken a subtle dig at Brisbane for not moving proven performer Darius Boyd to fullback earlier in the season.
Ahead of Friday’s Broncos grudge match, which Bennett will miss after his biosecurity breach, the master coach questioned fierce rival Anthony Seibold’s decision to play Anthony Milford, Tesi Niu and Jamayne Isaako at fullback ahead of Boyd.
The former Test and Origin star recaptured his finest form when Seibold shifted him back to the No.1 jumper in last weekend’s loss to Cronulla.
Despite the disappointing result, Boyd laid on four try assists in an impressive performance.
This standout effort didn’t surprise Bennett, who questioned Brisbane for not moving the ex-Dragon and Knight to fullback sooner.
“I think he got to be rated the fifth best fullback in the club, didn’t he?,” Bennett said about Boyd, who he coached at Brisbane, St George Illawarra and Newcastle.
“I was really pleased to see him (Darius) play well.
“It is his rightful position.
“He has been a remarkable player and a great fullback. You look at his record and he played a lot of those games at fullback.
“I think he had nine out of 10 Origin series wins, he has never been beaten in an Australian team, two grand finals, a Clive Churchill medal winner.”
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Tigers legend Steve Roach asked Boyd why Broncos coach Anthony Seibold hadn’t moved him to fullback sooner.
“It’s a good question Block, you’d have to ask the coach,” Boyd said on NRL Tonight.
“We’ve had a few conversations, I’ll keep them in-house. I’ve wanted to play fullback all year. I still think I’m the best fullback at the club.
“Seibs must have thought differently. At the end of the day it was good to get back there and good to play back there where I’m comfortable and played most of my career.
“It’s disappointing not to get the result but I was happy with my first performance there in 12 months.”
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