Webcke tips Gillett
LEGENDARY Broncos hard man Shane Webcke has urged Matt Gillett to focus on the basics as the gifted Brisbane utility searches for his gilt-edged former self.
Ahead of the Broncos' elimination final against North Queensland in Townsville tomorrow night, Webcke stressed that players of Gillett's calibre rarely lost their potency overnight.
Webcke said Gillett had to clear his head sufficiently so he could rediscover the winning formula that propelled him to Queensland Origin selection and the fringe of the Australian side this season.
The 24-year-old has been unable to replicate his sensational early season form since making his Origin debut.
Since missing 11 tackles and making four handling errors in the Broncos' 22-14 loss to Canterbury on August 12 - a horror match responsible for his relegation to the bench the following week - he has been a solid interchange performer.
But against the in-form Cowboys, the Broncos need the high-velocity impact player who can turn a match in a brilliant instant.
Webcke, for one, is convinced that player will return.
He said: "Something has gone wrong with his routine. It's not right and he's just got to discover that and fix it.
"He's just got to go back to basics. Go back to his routine."
Webcke said it was not unusual for a young player who burst on to the scene, like Gillett did in 2010 when he was named the NRL's Rookie of the Year, to suffer a pronounced form slide.
Following the Canterbury clash, Gillett admitted that he was struggling mentally and vowed to bounce back.
Webcke said self-acknowledgment of a problem was the first step towards regaining top form.
Gillett's Bribie Island-based mother Debbie revealed earlier this year that her son had always been naturally gifted, but once struggled with confidence.
Webcke said Gillett reminded him of former Broncos, Queensland and Australian forward Dane Carlaw.
He said: "Dane Carlaw is a bit like Matt Gillett - a big, strong, powerful, rangy forward who could play centre. He (Carlaw) suffered enormously with his confidence. It plagued him throughout his career."