Sims wants to play prop for Broncos

first_imgMcGuire would be following in former captain Corey Parker’s footsteps if he made the positional change, with Parker often playing in the front row before his permanent move to lock in 2009. Parker’s retirement last year has given coach Wayne Bennett a major decision to make as the 2017 NRL season fast approaches. Up and coming big men Jai Arrow and Tevita Pangai Jnr have staked their claim for the No. 13 jersey, but it now appears a positional switch for McGuire will be the most likely scenario. This would be the best situation for Sims, who despite having history in the second row, was signed with Brisbane to add depth to their front row stocks.”Front row is my position and I want to play there for the Broncos this year,” Sims said.  “I don’t mind a bit of lock, but I think Josh McGuire will start there for us this year. “I played second row in our trial win against the Sharks, which I don’t mind because I can get the job done there. “In saying that, I feel like I have a lot to learn about that position if I am going to be good enough to play there in first grade.”Sims’s arrival at Red Hill has not only added depth to the Broncos’ forward pack, but also the aggression. The former Newcastle Knight was a standout in Brisbane’s 30-12 trial victory over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on Saturday night, making a number of bone-rattling hits that brought the huge Redcliffe crowd to their feet. This side of Sims’s game is something the Fijian international prides himself on, with his huge hitting a big reason as to why he was targeted by the Broncos. Hopeful of a Queensland Maroons call-up in 2017, Sims said he is looking forward to becoming Brisbane’s new enforcer. “It’s always exciting when a big hit comes off,” he said.  “I want to bring aggression to this side and I think that’s one of the reasons I was brought to this club. “A bit of aggression never hurt anyone and I think if you can control it then you can use it to your advantage.”last_img read more

Why Ronaldo is on par with Messi

first_imgRonaldo scored a hattrick as Juventus knocked Atletico Madrid out of the Champions League last night (Agency Photo)Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick for Juventus in their 3-0 Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid puts him level on par (not second best), with Lionel Messi as the two greatest players of our generation.In greatness stakes, the celebrated pair is now ahead of Diego Maradona and Johan Cruyff, and behind only Edson Arantes dos Nascimento aka Pele.Comparisons between CR7 and Messi are a global obsession that just won’t go away thanks to their ability to keep reinventing themselves.My own opinion in this argument has oscillated over the years. A little bit of chest thumping is in order as I was a very early believer in CR7’s potential to conquer the football world.The very first day I set my eyes on Ronaldo was in Manchester United’s pre season friendly against Sporting Lisbon sixteen years ago. I was astounded by the skills set of the then 18-year-old Portuguese winger.I remarked to my colleagues at Daily Monitor that Sir Alex Ferguson must immediately recruit the boy. It turns out the entire United squad felt the same. On the plane back home, the club’s senior players implored their manager to ensnare Ronaldo from under the noses of Arsenal who had also offered him a trial.Portugal and Real Madrid’s record scorer took his time to make an impact at Old Trafford but there was no mistaking his talent.Recall checking Wikipedia in 2004 for his official weight and height because I was astonished by the sight of a teenage footballer with so much physical strength. If my memory serves me right, Ronaldo was already 75kgs of muscle and 1.85m tall. I told my sports editor at the time that his talent and strength were a lethal combination for Premier League defenders.Throughout his long stellar career, Ronaldo has been the world’s strongest, fittest and most self driven player.Make no mistake about it. CR7 isn’t blessed with the natural born talent Messi possesses. But he is a driven man, who by his sheer will, refused to be second best to anyone, bar none.The power of the Juventus star’s inner self drive meant by 2007 he was the world’s third best player behind AC Milan’s Brazilian Kaka, before eclipsing him a year later by helping Manchester United to the Premier League and Champions League double. The same year, 2008, saw him lift the first of his five Ballon D’Ors.Arguments of who was better between the Portuguese king and Argentine maestro reached a crescendo ahead of the 2009 Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United.At the time, I felt CR7 was the better individual player, only to be blown away by the mesmeric Messi as Blagruana made light work of fielding a weakened side to triumph 2-0. I have spent the last decade in the Messi camp.The shift to the Messi camp was helped by the Argentine’s better all round contributions as Barcelona won eight league titles in eleven seasons, compared to just two for Ronaldo’s Real Madrid.Messi has helped Barcelona win 8 La Liga titles in 11 yearsMessi is both a playmaker and goal scorer per excellence. His goals involvement (assists + goals) is on another planet. That is why Barcelona has dominated Liga Santander.However, Ronaldo’s five Champions League crowns compared to Messi’s three mean he has atoned for his inadequacy as a front man in quests for league success.2019 is not a World Cup year, so whoever guides his team to Champions League success, stands a strong chance in the race for the Ballon DOr.Paris Saint Germain’s Champions League implosion implies Kylian Mbappe, the only other player who could have eclipsed Messi and Ronaldo, has dropped out of contention.Lionel Messi’s stats for Barcelona are far superior to Ronaldo’s figures for Juventus. The Argentine therefore still leads the race for world football’s top individual accolade.But if Ronaldo matches his incomparable goal scoring record in the tournament’s knock out rounds, we might be reading from a different script come next June.A summary of each player’s strengths points to a statistical dead heat between the pair. In years to come, Messi will be remembered as the more gifted, more entertaining football artisan, but the race for who the greater of the pair is won’t be settled until after three more Champions League seasons and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.For now, Ronaldo and Messi are on par.Comments Tags: Allan Ssekamatetoplast_img read more