RUGBY LEAGUE: The Broncos will be wary of a big Bulldogs pack containing two New South Welshmen – David Klemmer and Josh Jackson – still smarting from the Blues’ Origin defeat when the teams clash at ANZ Stadium tomorrow night.
There could be some fireworks up front with notorious firebrand Klemmer wanting to hunt down some big Queenslanders after a consecutive Origin series loss.
That is not to mention Brisbane’s Josh McGuire and Jackson being involved in a scuffle late in the Maroons’ 26-16 win in Brisbane.
The Broncos will also have their Maroons contingent of Darius Boyd, Corey Oates and forwards McGuire, Matt Gillett and Corey Parker backing up, with only Sam Thaiday to miss out through suspension.
When asked how to shut down such a big and aggressive Bulldogs pack – with destructive duo Sam Kasiano and Tony Williams set to be unleashed off the bench – Broncos coach Wayne Bennett said his team needed to be disciplined.
“Just with our line speed in defence and making sure we’re not giving them too much ball, otherwise they can wear you down,” he said.
Broncos prop Adam Blair said the battle in the middle of the field was set to be “massive”, adding it was important a non-Origin player like himself brought along some energy after Wednesday night’s bruising encounter.
“They (the Bulldogs) are a big squad and we know what they can do,” he said.
“So we are really looking forward to a massive contest in the middle, and then they have some strike out on the edges.”
Destructive young Brisbane prop Herman Ese’ese has been given a chance to impress against his former club, promoted to the bench after Thaiday’s suspension.
Teenager Jaydn Su’A gets an opportunity to start in his second NRL game in the back row.
Redcliffe junior Tom Opacic will make his first-grade debut in the centres, with Jack Reed injured.
Andrew McCullough, Alex Glenn and Jordan Kahu are also injured for the Broncos.
All four are in contention to return for next Friday night’s blockbuster against Melbourne at Suncorp Stadium.
Bulldogs flier Brett Morris appears unlikely to return from knee surgery for his first game this year, particularly with Will Hopoate firing at fullback.
The Broncos will be wary of another standout performance from former Blues and Kangaroos representative Williams.
A recent spell for “T-Rex” in reserve grade seemed to make him hungrier.
He made 182m and scored a try in 51minutes in Canterbury’s last-start 34-16 win over the Dragons last Monday.
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