They will be joined by a host of other Broncos with NRL experience including Richie Kennar, Jesse Arthars, Tesi Niu, Tyson Gamble, Ethan Bullemor and Keenan Palasia.
Two talented young Broncos contracted players in Selwyn
Cobbo and TC Robati will be playing their first Intrust Super Cup games for the
Seagulls and will be wanting to impress both sets of coaches.
In a unique set of circumstances, Cobbo has been named for both the Broncos and Seagulls, where he will play the first half for the Seagulls before then switching jerseys at half time to play the second half in Walters’ side.
The 19 year old fullback from Cherbourg is considered a rising talent and the opportunity to play for both teams is available as the Seagulls are an NRL Affiliate Club for the Broncos.
The Broncos trial will present the Seagulls with their first
game of football in over 341 days, as the 2020 season was cancelled after one
round due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Brideson believes it is important that the Seagulls put in
strong trial performances to ensure they can hit the ground running for Round 1
against Papua New Guinea Hunters on March 20.
“The trial matches this year have even more importance in our preparation given we missed almost an entire season (in 2020),” said Brideson.
“I’ll be looking for our squad to work hard and put some good efforts in on the park so we can go into Round 1 with some confidence.”
“The annual trial match against the Broncos is a great
opportunity for our squad to test themselves against NRL players in a high quality
game of football in front of our local crowd.”
“I’m very happy with where the team here – the players have been really good with everything we have introduced to them this year,” said Walters.
“They are taking it all on board and I can see the gradual
improvement from when we first came together back in November to now, there
have been some really positive signs there.
“You feel that right now the team needs to play some
football and we’ll get that next week against Wynnum and the following weekend
in our major trial against the Cowboys.
“Trials in recent years haven’t been so important but I feel
this year with the limited trials that players have limited opportunity to be
right for Round 1 when we take on Parramatta.
“We are restricted on who we can play by the NRL and NRLPA
guidelines … but some of our bigger men who didn’t play a lot of football like
Matt Lodge and Tevita Pangai Junior, they will play next week.
“Because of the season that the Broncos had last year,
everyone is fighting for positions – plenty of competition in the group which
is what we want.
“Around training you can see the competitiveness amongst all
the players and we’ve been enjoying that, the players have been enjoying that
and now we’ve got the next couple of weeks with the trials being very important
for a lot of players as to who will take the field against Parramatta in Round
There are limited tickets available to the Kitchener Park
trial and it is expected to sell out. Order your tickets online ahead of time
to ensure you do not miss this must watch trial match!
Friday 19 February 2021 Gates Open: 4.30pm Harvey Norman Women’s U19s: 6:00pm Brisbane Broncos v Wynnum Manly Seagulls: 7.30pm