Former Kiwi Kodi Nikorima ready to shine as Brisbane Broncos halfback

Kodi Nikorima of the Broncos in action during the round 12 NRL match against the Warriors.

Kodi Nikorima of the Broncos in action during the round 12 NRL match against the Warriors.

A man of few words at the best of times, Wayne Bennett kept his instructions brief for new Brisbane halfback Kodi Nikorima.

And the budding Broncos No 7 wouldn't have it any other way.

Former Kiwi international Nikorima says he is ready to come "out of my shell" at halfback ahead of Friday night's NRL match against Cronulla thanks to Bennett's simple game plan.

Nikorima has not lost a game as Brisbane No 7 and will hope to extend his 7-0 record with halves partner Anthony Milford when their top four spot goes on the line against the defending premiers at Suncorp Stadium.

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"You've seen Wayne, he doesn't talk much," Nikorima said.

"But he did say to me just play my own game and don't try to over complicate things.

"I just keep it simple, play what is in front of me.

"I have a lot more confidence now. I feel I am coming out of my shell now."

Nikorima was handed the halfback jersey for the rest of 2017 after Ben Hunt was switched to hooker to cover Andrew McCullough's season-ending knee injury.

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He made an impressive start in his new role in Brisbane's record 54-0 last round win at Gold Coast.

He also resumed his winning halves combination with Milford, who he has known since they were 13.

"It is pleasing to lock in that role now, it is now up to me to help lead them to the finals," Nikorima said.

"It makes it easier that we played juniors together [with Milford] and it is awesome we get to do it together out in the big stage.

"We communicate pretty well. If I was in the halves this time last year I probably wouldn't have talked that much."

Third placed Brisbane will be out to end a three-game losing streak at Suncorp Stadium against the Sharks.

 - AAP


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