Matt Gillett of the Broncos offloads in the tackle during the round five NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Brisbane Broncos at Skilled Park on April 5, 2013 on the Gold Coast, Australia.
Matt Gillett of the Broncos offloads in the tackle during the round five NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Brisbane Broncos at Skilled Park on April 5, 2013 on the Gold Coast, Australia. Matt Roberts / Getty Images

Broncos Matt Gillett not as versatile as some think

AS MUCH as I like and admire Bronco Matt Gillett, part of me hopes he is not picked for next week's Anzac Test - for his sake.

Last year he was named 18th man for the Anzac Test at Eden Park, and even though he didn't play, the selection beamed a massive spotlight on him.

He'd played a mere 45 NRL games and the acknowledgement was, in his case, very much putting the cart before the horse.

He went on to play all three Origin matches - coming off the bench - and struggled in that company.

In fact by his own admission he battled all year to find the form that had rocketed him in to the limelight during his first two NRL seasons.

The issue is that some regard Gillett as a versatile player, and he's not.

He may have played centre, five-eighth and wing for the Broncos as well as in the back row, but he is a wide-running forward - end of story.

Gillett would do a job for the Kangaroos coming off the bench, but he could also be crucified if asked to play anywhere else but the back row.

A poor performance playing out of position at this level might result in the red pen treatment.

With the selectors certain to stick mostly with the team that beat the Kiwis last October and Tony Williams the only member of that side out of favour, surely Anthony Watmough will get the nod to fill one of the seemingly available possies on the bench.

He has done more than enough so far in 2013 to add to the 15 Tests he has already played.

The remaining spot should go to Kurt Gidley, who is genuinely versatile and can cover the halves, fullback and dummy half with equal finesse.

That would mean dumping Robbie Farah, who - let's face it - was only there last year because Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens was his club coach.

But major interest will be who the Kiwis pick, although the recent loss of Benji Marshall, Krisnan Inu and Gerard Beale limits their options in the backline.

They will field a dominant forward pack with Sonny Bill Williams looking a certainly, but have not won an early-season Anzac Test since 1998, and it is difficult seeing them winning this one either.



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