He has hit a strong patch of form over the last month, following some earlier inconsistencies – but for Broncos back-rower Ben Te’o, he vows to take his game to a whole new level, as a player who is consistently good.
Te’o, who made his debut for QLD this year, knows that there is still more improvement in his game, and he plans to use his stellar performance against the Bulldogs, as the benchmark for his renewed run of form.
A performance like that, that resulted in a try, three offloads and four tackle busts, is the sort of performance he is expecting from himself every week.
“I think I’ve grown a bit as a player (this year) and I still think I am growing,” Te’o said.
“I’m still 25 but I’ve got more experience now and I think I can handle myself well in big games now and I’m just trying to play consistent.
“(Canterbury) was one of my better ones.
“That is what I’m saying, consistency, trying to make that a normal game for me.
“I need to make sure that I get my metres up, get a lot of involvement and just contribute to the team.”
It has been some one-on-one work with Broncos assistant coach Kristian Woolf, where the assistant told him to get more involved in games, with the mentoring appearing to work.
“I’ve got a pretty good relationship with Kristian Woolf here at the moment,” Te’o said.
“I do a lot of stuff with him in terms of defence and attack, I do stuff with Hook (head coach Anthony Griffin) too, but in the last few weeks I’ve done a lot of stuff with Kristian.
“Kristian’s main messages for me are involvement. ‘Don’t sit out there and watch the game go by. You’re too good of a player not to be touching the ball all the time’.
“That is something I try and get and he always comes to see me before a game to let me know to get involved.”