Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has praised the NRL debut of boom rookie Payne Haas after the prop helped the Broncos edge Souths 24-20.
Eighteen-year-old Haas came off the bench in the second half to earn his first NRL appearance.
The front-rower, who was born in Newcastle but grew up on th Gold Coast, has been playing in the Queensland Cup this season for Wynnum Manly.
Against South Sydney he made 86 metres from nine runs in just 21 minutes.
"He wasn't bad for a first time," Bennett told reporters after the game.
"You've got to get your kids ready at some stage. You've got to start the process. Obviously Payne's going to be an NRL player, hopefully for a long period of time. It's just about getting them into the game and how you do that.
"I try to manage that as well as I can because I don't want them to get ahead of themselves. At the same time I want them to handle it as well.
"He's been in the state league for a while and will play a few weeks on the interchange bench then we'll make another decision on what we should do."