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'Enigma' Pangai's advice for V'landys after backyard blitz

Tevita Pangai jnr returned to being Brisbane's offload king against the Bulldogs in a performance that had coach Anthony Seibold waxing lyrical about his match-winning "enigma".

Pangai took on English forward Luke Thompson with venom but it was his six offloads, two of which led to tries, that made the Broncos' attack click into gear.

Despite only playing 50 minutes as a middle forward, the Tongan international made 109 metres from 14 runs and 32 tackles with none missed.

Previously Pangai has said he is more suited to playing as an edge back-rower but when asked if he could do both he had some advice for ARLC chairman Peter V’landys, who has said publicly he is looking at reducing the number of interchanges. 

"As long as Peter V'landys keeps the interchange at eight I think I can play a bit of both and mix it up. Hopefully he keeps it at eight," Pangai grinned.

Match Highlights: Broncos v Bulldogs

Pangai’s offloads against the Bulldogs were effective because they were so late but he said it was a skill that needed no fine tuning.

"It is something I have done since I was younger. It is just backyard footy. I just enjoy playing footy and the new rules allow you to do that," he said.

"We had a lot of the ball and possession is king but it is not a skill that I practise."

Pangai makes the Bulldogs pay for mistake

Seibold challenged the often hard-to-fathom Pangai and his game-breaking forward delivered.

"I really enjoy coaching Tevita. I love coaching him. I think he is a tremendous young man," Seibold said.

"He is a bit of an enigma at times. I set him a challenge of going through the middle this week and I thought he grabbed it with both hands.

Pangai somehow manages to keep the ball in play

"Him and Luke Thompson had a real good contest out there. That is what we want to see."

Brisbane five-eighth Anthony Milfortd had one of his best games of the year and it was on the back of his kicking game.

Milford took over more of the role from Brodie Croft and his grubbers and towering bombs were on song. One of his kicks was inch perfect for Jamayne Isaako to race 40 metres and beat Dallin Watene-Zelezniak to the ball and score.

"Having two kickers always works. Crofty, in the first five or six games, he was getting a lot of heat coming his way," Milford said.

"More teams have two kickers and it is harder to put the pressure on them.

"It is about having more options and keeping the other team in two minds and playing off our ruckies. They created a lot of momentum and I thought Crofty, myself, Isaac Luke and Paixy [Cory Paix] played a lot off their go-forward."

Milford has worked hard on his kicking, a discipline he said he learned from childhood idol Benji Marshall when he was at the Broncos.

Milford kicks early in the count for Isaako

He will line up against Marshall and the Wests Tigers on Friday night at Leichhardt Oval in a game the Broncos must win if they are to make a charge at the top eight.

"Benji was always competing and making sure he did the little things to try and get in a game, whether that was doing extras at kicking or making sure his defence was right," Milford said.

"He is a pretty laid-back dude who I got on with. I did enjoy watching Benji play while I was growing up. I think every kid did. I used to watch highlights of him on YouTube."

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