Combinations are starting to take shape at St John Oval according to Central coach Craig Miller with Terence Seu Seu again shifting into the halves for Sunday’s 26-16 win against previously undefeated Kurri Kurri.
The former NRL hooker was brought to the Butcher Boys to wear the No.9 jersey in 2018, but has readjusted following an early-season knee injury to Nathan Taylor and partnered up with halfback Brad Murray.
It was at five-eighth Seu Seu, currently leading the competition’s player of the year points, helped overcome his former club in round four of the Newcastle Rugby League and Miller can see the 30-year-old settling into the role.
“He [Seu Seu] is comfortable there,” Miller said.
“Brad and him are starting to form good combinations and they are the seven and six for the rep side.
“I mean, he was brought here to play nine but with Nathan Taylor doing his knee early it forced my hand and at this stage I’ll persevere with fabricating a nine.”
Filling those dummy-half shoes for Central on the weekend were Dom Murphy and Jarrod Nott, who left the field with a knee injury late in the piece.
The Butcher Boys had similar issues last year, using up to 10 make-shift hookers.
Miller reckons his side can deal with that scenario once more and feels their latest performance, featuring a 20-0 lead at half-time, combined with last round’s breakthrough against Maitland can be built upon following back-to-back losses to open the season.
“Our first half was really good and everything we’ve been trying to work towards,” he said. “I think they showed in the first half the quality we’ve got in the football side.
Steve Gordon, Murphy and Nott all crossed for Central in the first half while Murray kicked three conversions and a penalty.
Kurri fullback Kade Hardy gave the visitors a bit of hope just after the break when he converted his own try under the sticks, but Butcher Boys substitute Tom Madden returned serve five minutes later.
Bulldogs prop Brock Gilmour and second-rower Reid Alchin nabbed consolation four pointers in the closing stages.
Over at Townson Oval on Sunday afternoon and South Newcastle cracked their first win of the season by downing Western Suburbs 26-12.
“It’s been coming for a while … but we finally put it together today which was good,” Souths coach Ben Cross said.
Elsehwere on Saturday and Ryan Walsh steered Maitland to upset title holders Macquarie 34-20 at Lyall Peacock Field while hosts Cessnock were beaten 28-18 by Lakes.
LADDER: Maitland, Kurri, Macquarie 6; Central, Lakes 4; Wests, Souths, Cessnock 2.