Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Kev's Call Was Spot-On; Walters' Siblings Might Argue, but Smith Reigns Supreme

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Kev's Call Was Spot-On; Walters' Siblings Might Argue, but Smith Reigns Supreme

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SANDY Walters, proud mum of the only three brothers from the same Ipswich family to have played for the Kangaroos, has always been protective of her boys and refuses point blank to offer a smidgen of an indication as to which one might be her favourite.

But larrikin Kevin, the youngster of the trio albeit the twin of Kerrod, might well have lost some Brownie points last weekend when he rated Storm captain Cameron Smith a better player than his elder siblings.

Kevvy made all the right noises about how difficult it was to compare players from different eras and how the game had changed, but his bottom line was emphatic Co he had not seen a better hooker than Cameron Smith. For the uninitiated, Steve and Kerrod both played hooker for Queensland and Australia.

And while the 2000 Broncos premiership captain might be left eating cold shoulder at the next family dinner, finding an argument with him on his call on Smith is difficult, if not impossible. The Storm hooker is one of a kind.

Of the current NRL players, Smith certainly beats a path to the door that says C[pounds sterling]the bestC[yen]. Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater, Benji Marshall and Darren Lockyer are others in that race but, of course, opinion is subjective.

I won't put the tag of C[pounds sterling]bestC[yen] on Smith, but I do rate him the most valuable. If I was given first selection in a pick-up game and my house was on the line, the Melbourne hooker would be my choice.

Kerrod and Steve Walters were both outstanding players, but vastly different. Kerrod was like lightning out of dummy half and often sparked attacking raids for the brilliant Broncos teams of the early '90s.

Steve, on the other hand, was as tough as teak, a wonderful defender and surprisingly quick.

Smith might not be the Usain Bolt of the current dummy halves, but he is the smartest. Few read the game as well as he does. His defence is magnificent, he is cool under pressure and his kicking game, in general play and at goal, is magnificent. And Melbourne, it seems, might need all those qualities now.

He's Myles away

NATE Myles is one of those blokes I put squarely in the C[pounds sterling]boofheadC[yen] category. …

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