General Broncos unleash new Kiwi beast!

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Broncos unleash wrecking ball
By Mick Daly
June 28, 2006

BRISBANE will unleash their own "Jake the Muss" when Kiwi wrecking ball Ben Vaeau makes his NRL debut against the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

Like the infamous Once Were Warriors film character he resembles, the 106kg, 184cm Vaeau is a formidable figure who has overcome the mean streets of Auckland to realise his rugby league dream.

The 22-year-old forward of Cook Islands heritage said yesterday he had no fear of the NRL's toughest men after surviving a challenging upbringing in which crime and punishment was the norm.

"My upbringing was as rough as they come. That's no joke," he said. "There were a lot of negative elements around me. I grew up in an area where there was a lot of drugs, alcohol, crime and gang warfare.

"Being a part of a gang was a way of life. I used to go to school thinking, 'Am I going to get into trouble with a gang today?' It was full on, but I got through it."

Vaeau played his junior league for Auckland clubs Manakau and Mangere East before linking up with the Otahuhu Leopards in the Bartercard Cup.

He moved to Australia by himself in 2004 to play for Sydney's Newtown Jets, from where he was scouted by the Broncos.

He played for Brisbane in a trial match against Melbourne Storm last year and had a handful of games for Toowoomba Clydesdales in the Queensland Cup before fracturing his kneecap.

He missed the opening nine weeks of this season recovering from the injury but has impressed in Toowoomba's past five matches.


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Vaeau, who also played union at Mangere College, said he was a stronger character for having leapt the hurdles he had.

"A lot of people who know me remember me as a hard man. I could stand my own ground. I wouldn't take a backward step against anyone," he said.

"My reputation helped me get through those years.

"I was the guy that you just don't want to mess with.

"I didn't seek trouble. It's just that once people saw what I could do on the field, they didn't want to go with me off it."

The Sharks boast what is arguably the NRL's most in-form pack but Vaeau was confident that he could handle them.

He said that he respected all of his opponents but that he would never be intimidated.

"I hate being stood over. I'd go with anyone. Reputations mean nothing to me. I couldn't care less," he said.

"That's just the way I've been brought up. I want people to think twice about running into me."

Teammate Brett Seymour, who will play five-eighth for the Broncos this week, predicted Vaeau would rattle some bones: "I've played with him the last couple of weeks (for Toowoomba) and he is a machine," he said. "He is very big and strong and he's got a good offload on him."

With six players on Origin duty and regular choices Justin Hodges, Karmichael Hunt, Ben Hannant and Greg Eastwood injured, the Broncos will field a makeshift line-up against the Sharks.

Scott Minto, playing his first game of the season after overcoming a pectoral tear, will start in the centres alongside usual second rower Dane Carlaw, while Vaeau joins Nick Kenny, Joel Moon and Ian Lacey on an inexperienced interchange bench
 

danco_old

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he could be good for the broncos. i wish him all the luck on his dbute,sharks look out.
 

JonB_old

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I have decided I would not won't to meet that man in any sort of alley light or dark....
 

Kiwi League_old

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Kiwi's are always referred to as beasts.
It's beastly, the way these Aussies treat us.
Iro was the original beast, then Vatuvei....then we've had various other beasts at various stages.
Sometime you get mussessess as well, although Wiki is generally ackowledged as the true holder of the muss crown, apart from Jake that is, although he was fictional & didn't play league (to my knowledge).
 

Samoan Souljah_old

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Hopefully hes actually got something to back up all that talk .. apparently Fraser Andersonwas better thank SBW .. after what i saw I DONT THINK SO lol .. hopefully this guy can back up his staunch rep and be something on the field ..
 

BiG_BoLooMBa_old

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i remember him originally being a real good stand off back thru the age grades, used to carve up for mangere east. he then found a home in the centres as he got older. and has finally ended up in the front row.

he was always good at league, but i dont know about the rep off the field. the aussie props usually fire up and look to stamp their authority on the younger rookies. after he has talked it up it will be interesting to see how he goes.

be a good game to watch, mite get out the jake the muss crate and bottles and watch the game in my black singlet with the bro's.
 

2big2strong_old

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I read this in this mornings paper and to be honest i think he's a bit of a blowass, whats with broncos and their Kiwi rookies talking themselves up, this guy shouldn't be called a Beast, should be called "Narcissus"

"A lot of people who know me remember me as a hard man. I could stand my own ground. I wouldn't take a backward step against anyone," he said.

"I was the guy that you just don't want to mess with.

Speaking with experience, its the loud ones that talk themselves up but can't back it up, It's the quiet humble ones you gotta watch out for.

in saying that i think he will go better that Frasie Anderson who is also playing this weekend.
 

Samoan Souljah_old

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Im sure some of our warriors players have grown up in the same areas but i havent heard any of them blab on like this guy .. he better be able to back his talk up on the field or else people with think Aucklands streets arent so ''gangsta'' lol and he will just become laughing stock lol
 

BiG_BoLooMBa_old

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did ne one catch the bronco's game? i know they carved the sharks, but how did the beast ben vaeau go?
 

2big2strong_old

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yeah i watched it bro, he was quiet as. not such a beast afterall, quite short actually (compared to his fellow players) but it's a big step up from Queensland cup to NRL, i didn't expect him to rip them apart.
 

BiG_BoLooMBa_old

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for the bronco's to play him they must have big wraps on him.....i mean he is following in the footsteps of webcke, civoneciva and now sam thaiday.....

sam thaiday started off as nothing special in the NRL and now he's in the queensland origin squad......

hope he continues to get some game time whenever he can.......be awesome for nz football
 

sebastian_old

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2black2strong said:
I read this in this mornings paper and to be honest i think he's a bit of a blowass, whats with broncos and their Kiwi rookies talking themselves up, this guy shouldn't be called a Beast, should be called "Narcissus"

"A lot of people who know me remember me as a hard man. I could stand my own ground. I wouldn't take a backward step against anyone," he said.

"I was the guy that you just don't want to mess with.

Speaking with experience, its the loud ones that talk themselves up but can't back it up, It's the quiet humble ones you gotta watch out for. in saying that i think he will go better that Frasie Anderson who is also playing this weekend.

Its my experience too, the people with repect, humble & quiet are usually the ones who can ko ya, not the insecure blabber mouths who are just tryin be fake & untrue to themselves.
 

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