Brisbane Broncos coach Kevin Walters could have urged club supporters to remain patient with his underperforming squad, but it was clear Walters’ patience was running out with Broncos playmaker Anthony Milford in the loss against the Titans.
During the post-match press conference, Walters revealed that Milford’s poor defense was the reason the No.6 was moved from the right to the left of the pitch.
Milford initially took on Titans star David Fifita – who caused all sorts of trouble for the Broncos star – as he scored two tries and took yards every time he touched the ball. .
David Fifita scores his second try for the Titans
As a result, Walters moved Brodie Croft to the right edge.
“Brodie was better defending maybe this was something we should have done earlier,” Walters said when asked why he changed Milford and Croft.
“It was a purely defensive strategy, Milford was having a nightmare with the big Dave, so he couldn’t continue.”
Milford had five missed tackles on the right edge and it was quite clear the Titans were spotting him on defense and that channel was a key part of their game plan. .
Milford is second in most missed tackles in the NRL this season with 12 in two games, alongside teammate Jordan Riki. Other Broncos David Mead, Tesi Niu, Jamayne Isaako and Alex Glenn are all in the top 50 for missed tackles.
Milford’s tackle percentage is over 55%.
In attack, he collected two assists, a line break and a broken tackle and measures an average of 90 meters per game.
Brodie Croft performed much better in defense, missing only one tackle the entire game.
The Broncos are already the worst performing team on the defensive end of the ball, racking up 69 missed tackles in the first two games of 2021.
That’s an average of 34.5 missed tackles per game.
David Fifita scores against his former team
Surprisingly behind them are the Melbourne premiers who have racked up 66 misses so far this season, with the Titans and Eels in third and fourth respectively.
The Panthers, Roosters, Rabbitohs and Raiders missed the fewest tackles to start 2021.
Milford is out of contract at the end of the season, having accepted a one-year player option midway through last season. The 2021 season will be the final year of a massive four-year contract extension he signed in 2017.
Milford’s form has plummeted in recent years after signing for almost $ 1million a season since crossing from the Canberra Raiders in late 2014.