There are few names in sport in Australia that draw universal acknowledgment like Sir Donald Bradman.
Australia’s greatest cricketer, he averaged 99.94 with the bat — more than 30 runs an innings more than the next best batsman in Test cricket history.
It’s a lot to live up to for Bradman Best to live up to, especially when he’s trying to make his name in the NRL.
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But at 18 years of age, the Central Coast product has had the game of his career so far against the Canberra Raiders at Campbelltown Stadium, scoring tries in the first and last minute of the game, his second straight double after nabbing a pair in the draw against the Panthers.
Interestingly, in five games, he’s scored five tries to live up to his famous name.
Speaking to Fox League after the game, Best
“To get another double feels good but it’s a credit to the boys,” we started well, we wanted to do that, we had a job to do,” he said.
On top of his two tries, he also put in the kick that led to a penalty try just before halftime with a pinpoint grubber.
Braith Anasta told Fox League’s Sunday Ticket that Best was “so good”.
“For young kids to come into first grade and perform like Bradman Best did, it’s great for their future because confidence is everything in our game,” he said.
Fans were right behind Best as well, giving the youngster some big props for his performance.
Coach Adam O’Brien praised his charge but also the left edge, which had scored every Knights try until Kalyn Ponga scored against the Raiders.
“He’s physically and mentally the oldest 18-year-old I’ve ever met,” O’Brien said. “He’s a credit to his family, trains hard every day, he’s hungry, he wants to make something of this football life so he’ll stay pretty grounded.”
Onwards and upwards for the next great Bradman.