Scott lots of friends but Matt reck­ons Jesse has him cov­ered

Rugby League Week - - News - JOEL GOULD

JESSE BROMWICH HAS BEEN GIVEN the ul­ti­mate ac­co­lade as he pre­pares to lock horns with Cronulla’s pow­er­house pack in this Sun­day’s de­cider.

Cow­boys prop Matt Scott, who was voted the best prop in the game by his peers in the 2016 RLW Play­ers’ Poll, says the hon­our be­longs with the Storm and Kiwi en­forcer.

And while dis­ap­pointed not to be lin­ing up against Bromwich in the grand fi­nal, Scott says he has ev­ery in­ten­tion of mak­ing him­self avail­able for the Kan­ga­roos, where he will do bat­tle with Bromwich again.

Scott has been a reg­u­lar win­ner of the RLW best prop award but in­sists Bromwich, who was in sec­ond place, is the com­plete front-rower.

“I was ex­tremely hon­oured to hear that [poll re­sult] from my peers but my vote goes with Jesse be­cause I think he’s the most com­plete front-rower in the game and with­out doubt the best,” Scott says.

“There are guys who get a lot of men­tions be­cause they run big me­tres.

“Jesse does all that. He’s ex­tremely hard to han­dle with the ball, with a good off­load and pre-line pass.

“But he’s also very good de­fen­sively and does a lot of the hard things which I value in my own game, but that a lot of front-row­ers don’t. He takes top spot in my book and that’s why any time I come up against him I treat him with the ul­ti­mate re­spect.”

Scott is hope­ful he and Bromwich can re­new hos­til­i­ties in the Four Na­tions, even though he’s com­ing off a gru­elling year fol­low­ing neck surgery last pre­sea­son to cure chronic pain go­ing down his arms.

“I don’t need a rest and I’m more than will­ing to play,” Scott says.

“My body is feel­ing re­ally good. I’ve had a cou­ple of nig­gles to­wards the back end of the year but for some­one my age that’s not un­usual af­ter a full year.

“I’m on top of most of the ar­eas in terms of fit­ness and health-wise.

“I still have weeks where I get the pain back but noth­ing like last year. That was get­ting pretty bad, which is why I had the surgery.

“But in the game of rugby league you are never go­ing to be fully healed.”

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