PAIR­ING BEN­NETT FULL OF PRAISE FOR HALVES

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PETER BADEL

WAYNE Ben­nett anointed Ben Hunt and An­thony Mil­ford as Bris­bane’s most ex­cit­ing scrum­base pair­ing in 20 years as the duo turned on a py­rotech­nics show to ham­mer the Tigers 42- 16 yesterday.

A gen­er­a­tion has passed since Kevin Wal­ters and Allan Langer ter­rorised ri­vals dur­ing Bris­bane’s golden years, but Hunt and Mil­ford rep­re­sent the Bron­cos’ newage Alf and Kevvie show.

The Bron­cos ce­mented a top- four berth thanks to a first- half de­mo­li­tion of the last- placed Tigers at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

Winger Lach­lan Maranta cel­e­brated a hat- trick but it was Hunt and Mil­ford’s onetwo punch that un­der­scores why the Bron­cos are sit­ting at the apex of the NRL premier­ship.

Hunt started the rout, beat­ing six de­fend­ers in a wind­ing 40m run that sent Maranta rac­ing away for his open­ing try in the sev­enth minute.

Mil­ford then as­sisted in the mas­sacre.

He set up two first- half tries, in­clud­ing a su­perb nolook in­side ball for Jack Reed’s try to pi­lot the Bron­cos to a 26- 0 half- time lead.

A plucky Tigers fight­back which net­ted three tries in nine min­utes nar­rowed the deficit to 26- 16, but the Bron­cos re­stored or­der with three of their own in­side the fi­nal quar­ter.

“I thought our halves were out­stand­ing,” Ben­nett said.

“The hall­mark of the 1990s for us was Kevin and Alf and these guys ( Hunt and Mil­ford) are dif­fer­ent, but they are very tal­ented.”

Pic­ture: GETTY IM­AGES

DASH­ING AWAY: Bris­bane Bron­cos’ Sam Thai­day takes on the West Tigers de­fence dur­ing the Round 19 NRL match at Sun­corp Sta­dium yesterday.

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