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March 31 2021 | Mike Colman

March 31 2021 | Mike Colman

31/03/2021

I reckon Friday night’s shootout against the out-of-sorts Storm could be the last roundup for the Broncos’ halves combination...

Kevvie Walters has said he wants to give Brodie Croft and Anthony Milford time to produce the goods, but with Tom Dearden snapping at their heels, the question must be asked: how much time do they need? They have been together for over a season now and to say they have yet to build a winning partnership is a massive understatement.

Last week’s morale-boosting win over the woeful Bulldogs was a step in the right direction, but the real test will be against the premiers in Melbourne. Croft has plenty of motivation to have a big game against the team that dumped him, but it is million-dollar man Milford who remains the biggest headache for Kevvie.

His towering torpedo punts had the Bulldogs back-three in all sorts of trouble at Suncorp Stadium last Saturday afternoon, but it is a return to his devastating running game of 2015 that Broncos supporters really want to see.

The most obvious move is to drop Croft for Dearden, but if Milford goes back into his shell against the Storm the pressure will also be on Kevvie to bring Dearden into half and move Croft to six.

The reasoning behind keeping Dearden on the bench is his youth and lack of experience, but with the Broncos heading into a horror stretch of Storm, Rabbitohs, Panthers, Eels and Titans, I reckon it might be a case of ‘if you’re good enough, you’re old enough’.

What do YOU reckon?