Kodi Nikorima impressed for New Zealand against England.  Photo: Russell Lansford/Getty Images/AFP
Kodi Nikorima impressed for New Zealand against England. Photo: Russell Lansford/Getty Images/AFP

Nikorima provides proof for Broncos role

KODI Nikorima clocked off for 2018 with a man-of-the-match performance for New Zealand in their dead-rubber win over England which further ensures that he will start 2019 as Brisbane's first-choice halfback.

Nikorima laid on three tries and scored a fourth, prompting former top British fullback,Jonathan Davies to declare he had "stamped his authority'' on the third Test in Leeds, won 34-0 by New Zealand.

Nikorima had been certain to start the premiership season at halfback prior to his energetic hand in Leeds on MOnday (AEST), but will come under some opposition from young Roosters recruit Sean O'Sullivan if he cannot provide the early-season structure the Broncos need.

The Kiwi is highly rated by former Queensland captain Paul Vautin for his capability to put teammates through holes when he runs at the line and it was on show as his side rattled up a 22-0 half-time lead in a series which England had already clinched.

"I just wanted to play footy to be honest. I do best when I trust my instincts,'' Nikorima said.

Davies said Nikorima was "at the heart of everything good from New Zealand''.

Nikorima has played 13 Tests for New Zealand Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images.
Nikorima has played 13 Tests for New Zealand Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images.

"It's been a good series and it's very close between those three teams (Australia, England and New Zealand),'' Davies said.

"The World Cup final (in 2017 won by Australia) had only one try scored against England. Australia lost to New Zealand (last month).''

England coach Wayne Bennett is not expected back at Broncos training until more of his first graders also return from their leave on Thursday week.

That time might give more clarity to who will be coaching where at the Broncos and South Sydney.

One certainty is that any move to swap Bennett for Anthony Seibold for 2019 would be initiated by South Sydney, not Red Hill.

English officials believe Bennett will coach their England and Great Britain sides through to the 2021 World Cup in Britain.

Bennett is contracted through to the end of 2019 Tests, in which Great Britain play most Pacific league nations except Australia.

"I'm not second guessing myself about being here,'' Bennett said in Leeds.

"I love working with these guys. I can't give them a big enough wrap.''

News Corp Australia


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