2022-05-20 03:46:00

At the end of last year Selwyn Cobbo was on the cusp of becoming a regular NRL starter, finishing his first season with Wynnum Manly in lethal fashion.

The 19-year-old ran for a game-high 274 metres and busted 18 tackles in a 16-10 grand final defeat to Norths Devils.

But at that point Cobbo was still no lock for the NRL, let alone thinking about the prospect of Origin football.

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Selwyn Cobbo is in devastating form. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

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But just six months later, Cobbo has already put himself in the frame for a Maroons debut and that is not all.

Still just 19 years old, seven rival clubs are circling Brisbane’s breakout star, sparking a bidding war that the Broncos simply cannot lose.

Not after what Cobbo did on Thursday night, continuing his try-scoring run as he helped Brisbane to its fifth-straight win — a 30-12 victory over Newcastle.

“A little tip for Broncos hierarchy … never let Selwyn Cobbo come off-contract,” Knights legend Andrew Johns said on Channel 9.

“You don’t want him hitting the open market. He is still so young and getting by on just pure talent. We are watching absolute greatness for the next 10 to 12 years.

“He can do stuff that only a couple of people in the world of rugby league can do.”

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The Broncos know it too, having already started negotiations to keep Cobbo at Red Hill until the end of 2022, although the Roosters are the latest rival club to express interest in the 19-year-old.

Keeping Cobbo could set Brisbane back as much as $2 million, although it would be worth every cent based on the way he has taken his game to the next level in 2022.

And that is not even taking into account his try-scoring prowess out on the wing.

Cobbo may be a human highlights reel but there is far more to his game than spectacular finishes or thundering fends, like the one that sent Kalyn Ponga crashing to the ground.

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“The most impressive part for me are his tough carries,” Broncos great Gorden Tallis said on ‘The Matty Johns Show’ on Thursday night.

“When Brisbane are in trouble or under pressure you just see this young kid just back his ability, strength and just make those tough carries.”

The absence of Adam Reynolds also forced Cobbo to show a new side of his game, one where he went after the contest.

If the Broncos are to invest so heavily in the 19-year-old, they will want evidence that there is more substance to the teenage sensation and they got it on Thursday.

“When Adam Reynolds was there he would stay in his channel and Adam would get him the ball… he went looking for it tonight,” Tallis said.

“He knew he wasn’t going to get the same service. To be so young and have that game awareness… it’s fantastic.”


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Even without Reynolds, Cobbo put on a show. Picture: NRL ImagerySource: Supplied

It is what Cobbo would need to excel at Origin level, should coach Billy Slater decide to unleash the 19-year-old in this year’s series.

He had stiff competition in the form of ex-teammate Xavier Coates and Cowboys flyer Kyle Feldt while fellow Bronco Corey Oates has also enjoyed a career resurgence this year.

When asked last year if Reece Walsh was ready for the Origin arena, Warriors coach Nathan Brown was hesitant, warning the former Broncos prospect needed more time.

Cobbo though is in a very different position — he has already proven himself capable of the ‘one percenters’ we always hear about — and certainly has the backing of his coach.

“I feel that the bigger the occasion, the more involved he gets and the better he goes,” Kevin Walters said after the win over Newcastle.

“Selwyn is getting better all the time and when you play that well continually, bigger things happen for you. Selwyn has a great sense of the game. A lot of great Indigenous players have that great skill and feel for the game and it’s wrapped up in Selwyn’s body … he is a wonderful young player.”

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Cobbo is certainly not the type to shy away from the big moments and there are certain to be plenty in the Origin arena, which bodes well for his chances of selection.

Working against him is the fact both Coates and Feldt are also in fine form for the Storm and Cowboys respectively and are already proven at representative level.

The numbers do tell quite the story though, spelling out just how much Cobbo is thriving despite the increased interest from opposition defences.



Tries – 0.8 vs 0.3

Run Metres – 124 vs 94

Linebreaks – 1.0 vs 0.1

Tackle Busts – 4.4 vs 2.9


Tries – 0.9 vs 0.3

Run Metres – 161 vs 153

Linebreaks – 0.8 vs 0.4

Tackle Busts – 3.5 vs 2.2


Tries – 0.7 vs 0.6

Run Metres – 128 vs 123

Linebreaks – 0.8 vs 1.1

Tackle Busts – 2.6 vs 3.8


Tries – 1.1 vs 0.6

Run Metres – 94 vs 96

Linebreaks – 0.9 vs 0.7

Tackle Busts – 1.8 vs 1.5

Premiership-winning five-eighth and Fox League commentator Benji Marshall said Queensland “would be silly” not to give Cobbo his debut this year.

“Selwyn Cobbo is one of those guys where people see the try-scoring but they don’t see the hard work he does,” Marshall said on Triple M.

Like those “tough carries” Tallis talked about, including one moment where he beat three Knights defenders in the first half, proving he has what it takes to step up for the Maroons.

“He does tough carries out of yardage, very strong with the way he carries the ball,” Marshall said.

“He’s going to be one of the best fullbacks in the game but on the wing he gets on with it and does the job.”

Cobbo is in the Origin frame. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Matty Johns, meanwhile, said there is “always a point” when a promising prospect goes from “someone with a lot of talent to a genuine star”. That point came on Thursday for Cobbo.

“I reckon tonight some of his touches, how classy he was and even when they were under the pump, some of his runs when they were under pressure were just superb,” Johns said.

Former Sharks and Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis had a front row seat to the Cobbo show on Thursday, calling him a “freak” in commentary for Fox League.

“Selwyn Cobbo has just burst onto the scene and he is an absolute star. He is so good to watch,” Ennis said.

“There is something happening around him all the time.”

It leaves Slater and the Maroons with quite the conundrum heading towards the representative period.

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