Stars lift Broncos halves

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PETER BADEL

BRONCOS halves Ben Hunt and An­thony Mil­ford say ad­vice from Mel­bourne’s Ori­gin stars has given them the con­fi­dence to break the long­est pre­mier­ship drought in Bris­bane’s his­tory.

Storm cham­pi­ons Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk may be plot­ting an­other Mel­bourne pre­mier­ship but their ti­tle- win­ning know- how has rubbed off on Bris­bane’s top play­mak­ers.

The blood­ing of Hunt and Mil­ford in this year’s Ori­gin cam­paign wasn’t just a shot- inthe- arm for Queens­land.

It also gave the duo a chance to work along­side Cronk and Smith and re­turn to the Broncos with the self- be­lief to de­liver the club’s first pre­mier­ship since 2006.

Hunt will square off against Par­ra­matta half­back and NSW Ori­gin hope­ful Mitchell Moses to­mor­row night at ANZ Sta­dium and be­lieves his de­but in Camp Ma­roon has taken his game to an­other level.

“The big­gest thing I tried to do was take in as much as I could from Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk,” said Hunt, who played off the bench in the Ori­gin de­cider.

“They are two of the best in the world at what they do.

“If they get be­hind, they have the same game plan and they stick to what they know they need to do.”

While Hunt has his hands full match­ing Moses, Mil­ford faces an equally im­por­tant as­sign­ment to­mor­row night against Eels pivot Corey Nor­man, who was in con­tention for an Ori­gin de­but this sea­son.

Ma­roons hope­ful Nor­man snapped the match­win­ning field goal to sink Wests Tigers last week.

Broncos half An­thony Mil­ford.

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