Todd Murphy was at his calm, controlled best on Saturday as he guided his Norths Devils to a tense 18-16 win over the Easts Tigers.
Before the game coach Rohan Smith described him as a player with “Quality footy instincts, a great long and short kicking game and a calm and composed head.”
His kicking game was to the fore as a put in a perfect kick for Herbie Farnworth to score in the 20th minute. He also landed a sideline conversion for the two points that would prove the difference at full-time.
That composed head was evident again in the 76th minute when he held up the ball and delivered the last pass for Sam Tagataese to score the match winner.
The Brisbane Broncos are having a disappointing start to the 2018 season; even casual observers can see that. One key factor (though not the only factor) in these struggles is their misfiring halves.
Former coach Mark Gliddon said that he is “One of the best organising halves I’ve ever coached” and the Broncos could surely use a calm, organised halfback.
In the modern game teams need a halves combination that features an exciting, ball running half and an organiser, someone to guide the team around the park and get them to the right place on the field. Teams work hard to get possession and field position and need an organiser to ensure they complete every set effectively.
In Round 6 of this year’s Intrust Super Cup, against the top of the table Bears he kicked for nearly 200m and more often than not he chooses the right kick. He is ultra-competitive and brings a calm, experienced demeanour that will be invaluable to the Broncos.
Surely it is time for the Broncos to make use of Todd Murphy.