ROB Powell believes London Broncos could potentially have one of Super League's best players on their hands in the shape of Antonio Kaufusi.
The former Melbourne Storm and North Queensland prop, who has played internationally for both Australia and Tonga, joined Broncos from Newcastle Knights last August.
The 27 year old has since made a real impact and received a standing ovation from the home fans after Sunday's game, despite Broncos going down 30-16 to Huddersfield Giants.
Broncos boss Powell said: “Antonio's performance was the most outstanding by any player in any of the games we have played this season.
“If he can keep that standard up and put in a performance like that every week, he will not just be one of the best players in our team, but also one of the best in the whole competition.
“He took his try well, and when you get a standing ovation with the fans chanting your name at the end, you know you are doing something right.”
For all that, it was the Giants' Danny Brough who was the difference between the two sides, with a try and five goals condemning Broncos to a fourth straight defeat.
Chris Bailey and Jamie O'Callaghan also crossed the line for the Stoop men, but they will travel to Salford tonight still searching for their first win of the season.
Powell said: “If you read (Huddersfield coach) Nathan Brown's comments, he said we were basically the better side, and if not for Danny Brough they would have lost.
“I don't want to clutch at straws, but the stats showed bore that our too. That doesn't give us the points, but it gives us the significance of having been the better side against what will be a top five team.
“That's the best we have played, and we need to hit that standard every week now. If we do, I don't think we're too far away from our first win now.”
Perhaps more disappointing than the result for Broncos was the fact that the game was watched by less than 2,000 people at The Stoop – less than half that watched the opening game against St Helens.
But Powell added: “It was just one of those days. There were no trains running from Waterloo to Twickenham – it took my brother two and half hours to get here from Kent – and we do have a lot of fans in that catchment area. But I would put out a rallying cry to fans to come and look at what we are building here.”