Tag Archive: Matt Gillett


Gillett wants to cement his spot

He started 2010 as an unknown park footballer and finished the Dally M Rookie of the Year and a member of the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII, but Broncos forward Matt Gillett was still disappointed with his remarkable debut season. Don’t get him wrong, there is no hint of arrogance or swagger in this appraisal; it is simply the young kid from Bribie Island being his own toughest critic.Gillett burst onto the scene, scoring 12 tries from 22 games, but the youngster believes he ‘slackened off’ towards the end of the year and was gutted when the Broncos missed playing finals football. It’s this hard-line approach to the game that has Gillett primed for another massive season. “I just want to play consistent footy again,” Gillett said. “I was pretty disappointed with how the year finished for myself and how the team finished as well. Continue reading
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Broncs injuries restricting trial time

Brisbane’s front-row stocks are looking a little shaky for their NRL season-opening blockbuster against the Cowboys, with Sam Thaiday battling a groin injury and Mitchell Dodds nursing a broken hand. Dodds is a contender to be the bench back-up for props Ben Hannant and Thaiday for the March 11 showdown, which may attract a 50,000-strong Suncorp Stadium crowd given record ticket sales earlier this week. But Dodds and Thaiday, who’s been receiving treatment for the painful groin condition osteitis pubis, are under injury clouds. “I haven’t spoken to the specialist but Mitchell might still be right for game one,” said coach Ivan Henjak, who’ll take 19 players to Alice Springs on Thursday for a pre-season trial against the Cowboys this Saturday. Continue reading

Broncos will be without Lockyer for another week

Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak will today make the bold move to bench injured star Darren Lockyer for the high-stakes Friday night clash against the Warriors. Henjak last night revealed he has told Lockyer he does not want to risk his injured ribs in Auckland this Friday night, and that the Broncos skipper may remain in cottonwool until the finals – should the Broncos qualify. While it will pain him to again not lead his own troops into battle, the veteran general has been told the best way he can serve them is to nurse his injured rib cartilage back to full health for a potential post-season title run. “In his head, he wants to play,” Henjak said. “(But) . . . it would hurt him and it would hurt the team if he is not right. Yesterday, hooker Andrew McCullough moved to ease the pressure on his skipper, declaring self-belief had not been dented by back-to-back losses to Newcastle and Parramatta. “We certainly do back ourselves, we’ve got some good players who can fill in any position there,” McCullough said. “Benny Hunt can play in the halves, there’s Corey Norman, Matty Gillett has done a great job for us this year. “With the players we’ve got we’re going to try hard for each other and we’re going to bounce back from where we have been, with or without Locky.” In a major boost, key forward Matt Gillett is free to play after his lifting tackle on Knight Zeb Taia escaped censure.

Bronco’s saddle up for finals, without Lockyer?

Coach Ivan Henjak concedes Brisbane could be forced to play their way into a 19th successive NRL finals campaign the hard way without inspirational skipper Darren Lockyer and strike centre Justin Hodges. Henjak is preparing for the absolute worse case scenario that Lockyer’s rib cartilage injury could stop him playing again in 2010. “If we’re going to make it (finals) we’re going to have to do it the tough way,” Henjak told AAP. Asked if he feared reports Lockyer could struggle to play again this year, he said: “that could be a possibility”. Teenager Corey Norman will step into Lockyer’s five-eighth role against Newcastle in another crunch game for Brisbane, needing at least one win from their last three games to continue their amazing record of not having missed the finals since 1991. Henjak made a late switch against Parramatta, starting with utility Matt Gillett, but has decided to give 18 year-old Norman a crack at the job until Lockyer makes it back, if he does. “We’ll name Corey Norman at five-eighth (Tuesday) and he’ll start there,” said Henjak, happy enough with Gillett’s cameo against the Eels. “Gillo (Gillett) was very good but I think he probably enjoys that running game a bit more than having the responsibility of ball-playing which probably takes something away from his natural game. Meanwhile Hodges’s hopes of a late return from the pre-season Achilles surgery which has kept him off the field all season have nose-dived. Hodges pulled up sore after training late last week and was unable to run on Monday. “He couldn’t do what he had to do today (Monday) so we’re no closer with him I don’t think,” said Henjak.

Gillett throws on another number?

Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak is set to hand rookie Matt Gillett a promotion to starting five-eighth against Parramatta on Friday night. While the Broncos have officially named Corey Norman to fill the rather large boots of Darren Lockyer at pivot, it is understood the gun 22 year-old utility will get first crack at the role. Norman will be named on the bench and is likely to get some game time later at No.6. Gillett, one of the finds of the season with 11 tries in 17 games, has played numerous positions from second-row to wing, but is more accustomed to the fierce pace of NRL games than 18 year-old Norman who has spent the past month playing under 20s. Some observers have compared Gillett’s running style and vision to former Manly international Nik Kosef, a classy ball playing forward equally at home playing lock, second-row or five-eighth.

Ben Te’o Update

Ben Te’o has produced a remarkable recovery from injury and will make a shock return to the field tomorrow night. It was feared Te’o could be out for as long as two months with a suspected broken foot after the 34-30 loss to the Roosters 10 days ago. But after training with the team this morning Te’o will travel to Townsville and will run out against the Cowboys tomorrow night. Antonio Winterstein misses out with a knee injury keeping him out of the game. That will mean Alex Glenn, Te’o and Matt Gillett – who has been named at second row – will share duties in the centres. Broncos coach Ivan Henjak said Te’o still had small fractures in his foot but they would not prevent him from playing. “We’ve got a few options there, we have three we can rotate through,” said Henjak. “Ben’s got a few fractures there but they aren’t weight-bearing bones.” “He’s moving great and feels great so we will give him a run.”

Bronco’s get four back on deck

Brisbane will have four players returning from injury for their NRL showdown with the Titans at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night. Halfback Peter Wallace, winger Antonio Winterstein, utility Matt Gillett and prop Nick Kenny have been named in Ivan Henjak’s 17-man squad. The clash will be forward Corey Parker’s 200th NRL game. Back-rower Lagi Setu has been pushed into the front-row with prop Scott Anderson suffering a hyper-extended elbow in Sunday’s 36-14 upset win over Melbourne that will sideline him for two or three weeks. Youngster Ben Hunt – who made 44 tackles against the Storm – has been named at hooker with Alex Glenn was selected in the centres. Fullback Josh Hoffman may have to pass a fitness test later in the week on his bruised ribs.

The Judiciary and the Fallout

Canberra prop David Shillington will be free to line up against South Sydney’s monster pack in the NRL on Sunday, after he took an early guilty plea for a careless high tackle charge.  The Queensland Origin representative was charged with a grade one offence by the NRL’s match review committee, but won’t have to sit out a game.

Promising Brisbane rookie Matt Gillett will miss the next month of football with a knee problem, but at least he won’t have a suspension next to his name as well, after also taking the early guilty plea. Gillett was charged with a grade one dangerous contact, leading with his feet – but has escaped penalty.

The Warriors’ Ukuma Ta’ai, the third player charged by the match review committee, also took an early guilty plea for a grade one dangerous tackle charge, and will be available to play against Melbourne on ANZAC Day.

There were no players charged from Monday night’s battle between Melbourne and Manly, won 18-16 by the Sea Eagles.

Matt Gillett out for a month

Brisbane have suffered a second injury blow within 24 hours with utility Matt Gillett joining halfback Peter Wallace on the sidelines for a month. Gillett, who battled a knee injury during Brisbane’s 44-16 win over Cronulla on Sunday was expected to back up against the Bulldogs on Friday night. But scans have revealed a medial ligament tear requiring a month’s rest. The double blow comes just as the Broncos were getting some troops back with Israel Folau and Corey Parker returning from injury against the Sharks. Youngster Ben Hunt is expected to take over Wallace’s No.7 duties while coach Ivan Henjak has several options in the centres, including Alex Glenn, Gerard Beale or teenager Corey Norman.

Peter Wallace looking at 6 weeks

Bronco’s halfback Peter Wallace suffered a knee injury in yesterday’s 44 – 16 drubbing of the Cronulla Sharks that could see him sidelined for 6 weeks. The club will eagerly await the result of scans on the injury-prone playmaker’s left knee and while the preliminary diagnosis was a low grade medial strain, coach Ivan Henjak was pessimistic. “It’s not looking great, we’ll know a bit more tomorrow but at this stage it’s similar to Corey (Parker) and Denan (Kemp)’s injury,” Henjak said. Henjak was already thinking about how best to deal without the skill and influence of Wallace, who has intermittently been a part of NSW’ halves pairing over the last two seasons. “It’s Ben Hunt’s natural position, and Corey Norman will also come into the picture,” he said. “Corey had a full game in the halves today (for the Broncos’ Toyota Cup side) and Benny Hunt has played a full game for the Comets, so that’s probably worked out well for us in that regard.” Aside from Wallace, Ben Te’o (corked shin) was unable to complete the game while Matt Gillett made a surprising return to the fray after limping off the field with a knee injury in the opening half.