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Rookie shines as Broncos beat Raiders

By Wayne Heming 21/02/2010 07:20:53 AM Comments (0)

Sweet-stepping teenager Corey Norman upped the ante in the battle for Karmichael Hunt's vacant fullback spot with an eye-catching trial performance for Brisbane against Canberra at Ballymore on Saturday night.

Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak used the trial to experiment with his fullback options which included playing representative Israel Folau at custodian in the second half of the impressive 32-24 win.

Folau scored three tries, including one from fullback.

But Henjak would have had to have been impressed by the confidence and flair of 18 year-old Norman.

The rookie featured in two of Brisbane's early tries before scoring one himself in the second half when playing at five-eighth.

Norman served up a neat pass in the lead up to Folau's opening try in the third minute before displaying some dazzling footwork as he beat three Canberra defenders before producing a flick pass for the first of utility Ben Te'o's two tries.

Norman, Brisbane's back of the year in the Under 20 side last season, is pushing for the No.1 jumper along with Josh Hoffman, currently sidelined with an ankle injury, utility back Denan Kemp and another youngster Gerard Beale, who are all still in the mix.

After finding themselves 4-0 down early in the trial, the Raiders big men, led by Dane Tilse and Scott Logan began to get over the top of Brisbane.

Joel Monaghan scored in the right corner in the ninth minute before Terry Campese put the Green Machine in the lead 12-4 two minutes later by breaking San Thaiday's tackle close to the line.

Te'o's brace of tries in the 24th and 32nd minute however gave Brisbane a 16-12 lead at half time.

Raiders five-eighth Terry Campese revived memories of his famous uncle, Wallaby great David Campese, with two tries and four goals for 16 points to keep the visitors in the contest.

Brisbane's best were hooker Andrew McCullough who got through a ton of defence, Corey Parker, Folau, young Norman and Sam Thaiday.

For Canberra, Alan Tongue got through his usual heavy workload, while Campese was creative at times and Dane Tilse strong up the middle.

Henjak was happy with the effort of his side given they took the field without their starting halves Peter Wallace and Darren Lockyer and No.1 prop Nick Kenny.

"We've got a lot of work to do in regards to discipline and ball control but I thought the effort was really good," said Henjak.

While Henjak said young Norman hadn't done his cause any harm, he said Josh Hoffman was likely to get another go next weekend against Redcliffe.

"He's got some talent. He's light on his feet," offered Henjak.

"We're not going to get too carried away with him but he's got some class."

"He's still got to prove it under real pressure and it was only a trial game."

Norman comes from the same Gold Coast high school, Keebra Park, as Benji Marshall.

"Izzy (Folau) went pretty good at fullback too," said Henjak "but it's not settled yet".

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