QUEENSLAND's greatest halfback Allan Langer believes Shaun Berrigan is a
fortnight away from confirming his place among the finest No.7s in rugby
And, in a stunning appraisal, Brisbane and Queensland coach Wayne Bennett
thinks Berrigan is already there.
He certainly looked the part on Friday night, setting up Brisbane's first two
tries and racing 55 metres to score the third in a man-of-the-match performance
that helped bury the Bulldogs 24-0 at Telstra Stadium.
``He's been playing well for quite a period of time. It hasn't just jumped up
and all happened for him now," Bennett said after Brisbane consolidated their
position atop the NRL ladder.
``He's in a team of a lot of good players and I think everybody looks at him
to be Allan Langer. Well, he's never going to be Allan Langer. There's only ever
going to be one Allan Langer.
``But Shaun's doing a very, very good job. He's scoring tries himself now,
he's creating a lot of opportunities for us, his back-up is great and
defensively he's very, very good.
``He's as good a player [as anyone] at the moment in our team on a regular
basis, week in and week out, and we've had some good players there playing good
footy all season."
After stints at centre, hooker and five-eighth, Bennett moved Berrigan, 24,
to first receiver this year and Langer a Broncos legend believes the
super-coach has conjured another masterstroke.
``Him [Berrigan] and Benny Ikin are starting to get a bit of a combination
going and they're only going to improve," Langer said.
``It just showed [against the Bulldogs] that once they take the ball to the
line it creates things in other players' minds.
``He's only going to get better. He's just a competitive player. He just
enjoys his games and loves winning."