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Breakout year tipped for under-20s pair



[h=1]Wavell State High School products Francis Molo and Kodi Nikorima prepare for their second year of Broncos under-20s[/h]
[*] by: Jacob Grams, Northside Chronicle
[*] From: Quest Newspapers
[*] March 07, 2013 12:00AM
Kodi Nikorima is tipped for a big year in the Brisbane Broncos under-20s. Picture: Paul Guy Source: Quest Newspapers

New Brisbane Broncos under-20s coach Craig Hodges expects northside products Francis Molo and Kodi Nikorima to step up when the Holden Cup national youth competition begins tomorrow.

The former Wavell State High School students begin their second year in the development competition this season.
Hodges said he had high hopes playmaker Nikorima could steer the team around the park this season.
"I think Kodi will have a breakout year this year. Last year he was around the squad but this year I'm expecting he'll take a bit more control,'' he said.
"I'll be disappointed if he doesn't have a really strong year.''
Molo trained with the senior Broncos squad during the off-season and was regarded as one of the standout forwards in the club's first trial match in Mount Isa.
The strong 18-year-old front rower will be the key to the side's go-forward in 2013.

"It's always a challenge for those who do well in the top squad to come back and perform. It doesn't just happen for you. You've still got to work hard,'' Hodges said.
"I'm expecting a really big year for both boys.''
Hodges said the pair was part of a good mix of ages from the 17-year-old debutants to the more experience 20-year-old players.
Albany Creek junior Richard Skelton is the new northside face in the squad but will start the year in Redcliffe's Mal Meninga Cup side as he returns from off-season knee surgery.
Hodges said it was difficult to judge where the Broncos would be placed in comparison to their rivals but said there had been good signs from two wins in the pre-season.
"You can't judge teams on last year. The sides who did well last year, they could be completely different,'' Hodges said.
"If we play to the best of our ability individually and as a team we should be able to get the result. We're very focused on ourselves at the moment.''
The Broncos under-20s kick off their season at 4.50pm tomorrow at Suncorp Stadium. 

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