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The Other Side Of The Coin

  • The Other Side Of The Coin

Never before have we seen a player endure such excruciatingly contrasting luck in a single game before but for 24-year-old Broncos play maker Ben Hunt it was a dream and a nightmare on the greatest stage of all.

In the furore of a maiden Cowboys premiership we've all forgotten just how great the Broncos and, specifically, Ben Hunt was in the 17th NRL Grand Final.


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Until a brain-snap dangerous tackle on Kane Linnett which led to the Cowboys final try and an inexplicable error straight off the extra-time kick off Hunt was in control, set to affirm his position as the form half of the competition.

He's been the best and most consistent halfback all year. Sure, there'd been better in patches but the rise of Ben Hunt has been a long time coming and we've only seen the beginning.

His combination with Anthony Milford has gone beyond the lofty potential that many had pegged them for and that was certainly the case again on Grand Final night.

Hunt made 65m from just 5 runs at the big dance and his kicking game was on point again. It may have been part of a 'park-the-bus' game plan in the final exchanges but it was highlighted by a clutch kick rifled down the sideline which resulted in Kyle Feldt being trapped in-goal.

BRINGIN IT HOME BOYS #1300smilesstadium #nqcowboys #rideemcowboys #premiers #civicreception #Townsville

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It's just the beginning of the Ben Hunt story and this chapter could prove to be the most crucial. Some supportive words from Johnathan Thurston after the match are echoed by the majority of the rugby league community and how Ben Hunt can deal with the adversity of the loss will define the rest of his career.

Have Your Say: What would you have said to Ben Hunt after JT hit the clutch field goal in the 83rd minute?

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