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Broncos will be without Lockyer for another week

Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak will today make the bold move to bench injured star Darren Lockyer for the high-stakes Friday night clash against the Warriors. Henjak last night revealed he has told Lockyer he does not want to risk his injured ribs in Auckland this Friday night, and that the Broncos skipper may remain in cottonwool until the finals – should the Broncos qualify. While it will pain him to again not lead his own troops into battle, the veteran general has been told the best way he can serve them is to nurse his injured rib cartilage back to full health for a potential post-season title run. “In his head, he wants to play,” Henjak said. “(But) . . . it would hurt him and it would hurt the team if he is not right. Yesterday, hooker Andrew McCullough moved to ease the pressure on his skipper, declaring self-belief had not been dented by back-to-back losses to Newcastle and Parramatta. “We certainly do back ourselves, we’ve got some good players who can fill in any position there,” McCullough said. “Benny Hunt can play in the halves, there’s Corey Norman, Matty Gillett has done a great job for us this year. “With the players we’ve got we’re going to try hard for each other and we’re going to bounce back from where we have been, with or without Locky.” In a major boost, key forward Matt Gillett is free to play after his lifting tackle on Knight Zeb Taia escaped censure.

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Bronco’s saddle up for finals, without Lockyer?

Coach Ivan Henjak concedes Brisbane could be forced to play their way into a 19th successive NRL finals campaign the hard way without inspirational skipper Darren Lockyer and strike centre Justin Hodges. Henjak is preparing for the absolute worse case scenario that Lockyer’s rib cartilage injury could stop him playing again in 2010. “If we’re going to make it (finals) we’re going to have to do it the tough way,” Henjak told AAP. Asked if he feared reports Lockyer could struggle to play again this year, he said: “that could be a possibility”. Teenager Corey Norman will step into Lockyer’s five-eighth role against Newcastle in another crunch game for Brisbane, needing at least one win from their last three games to continue their amazing record of not having missed the finals since 1991. Henjak made a late switch against Parramatta, starting with utility Matt Gillett, but has decided to give 18 year-old Norman a crack at the job until Lockyer makes it back, if he does. “We’ll name Corey Norman at five-eighth (Tuesday) and he’ll start there,” said Henjak, happy enough with Gillett’s cameo against the Eels. “Gillo (Gillett) was very good but I think he probably enjoys that running game a bit more than having the responsibility of ball-playing which probably takes something away from his natural game. Meanwhile Hodges’s hopes of a late return from the pre-season Achilles surgery which has kept him off the field all season have nose-dived. Hodges pulled up sore after training late last week and was unable to run on Monday. “He couldn’t do what he had to do today (Monday) so we’re no closer with him I don’t think,” said Henjak.

Gillett throws on another number?

Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak is set to hand rookie Matt Gillett a promotion to starting five-eighth against Parramatta on Friday night. While the Broncos have officially named Corey Norman to fill the rather large boots of Darren Lockyer at pivot, it is understood the gun 22 year-old utility will get first crack at the role. Norman will be named on the bench and is likely to get some game time later at No.6. Gillett, one of the finds of the season with 11 tries in 17 games, has played numerous positions from second-row to wing, but is more accustomed to the fierce pace of NRL games than 18 year-old Norman who has spent the past month playing under 20s. Some observers have compared Gillett’s running style and vision to former Manly international Nik Kosef, a classy ball playing forward equally at home playing lock, second-row or five-eighth.

Matt Gillett out for a month

Brisbane have suffered a second injury blow within 24 hours with utility Matt Gillett joining halfback Peter Wallace on the sidelines for a month. Gillett, who battled a knee injury during Brisbane’s 44-16 win over Cronulla on Sunday was expected to back up against the Bulldogs on Friday night. But scans have revealed a medial ligament tear requiring a month’s rest. The double blow comes just as the Broncos were getting some troops back with Israel Folau and Corey Parker returning from injury against the Sharks. Youngster Ben Hunt is expected to take over Wallace’s No.7 duties while coach Ivan Henjak has several options in the centres, including Alex Glenn, Gerard Beale or teenager Corey Norman.

Peter Wallace looking at 6 weeks

Bronco’s halfback Peter Wallace suffered a knee injury in yesterday’s 44 – 16 drubbing of the Cronulla Sharks that could see him sidelined for 6 weeks. The club will eagerly await the result of scans on the injury-prone playmaker’s left knee and while the preliminary diagnosis was a low grade medial strain, coach Ivan Henjak was pessimistic. “It’s not looking great, we’ll know a bit more tomorrow but at this stage it’s similar to Corey (Parker) and Denan (Kemp)’s injury,” Henjak said. Henjak was already thinking about how best to deal without the skill and influence of Wallace, who has intermittently been a part of NSW’ halves pairing over the last two seasons. “It’s Ben Hunt’s natural position, and Corey Norman will also come into the picture,” he said. “Corey had a full game in the halves today (for the Broncos’ Toyota Cup side) and Benny Hunt has played a full game for the Comets, so that’s probably worked out well for us in that regard.” Aside from Wallace, Ben Te’o (corked shin) was unable to complete the game while Matt Gillett made a surprising return to the fray after limping off the field with a knee injury in the opening half.

Round 1 Teams – Normans hunt for Jersey 1

Against the Cowboys, Brisbane’s classy scrumbase pairing of Test skipper Darren Lockyer ($209,700 HLV) and New South Wales Origin star Peter Wallace ($238,900 HLV) will pilot five outside backs who have an average age of 20. The Bronco speedsters set for launch at Suncorp Stadium are expected to include 18-year-old debutant Corey Norman ($84,100 FLB) , tipped to be Brisbane’s new fullback. It is believed Norman has survived a strong challenge from 21-year-old Josh Hoffman ($91,100 FLB), with either Steve Michaels ($124,500 CTW), 23, or Denan Kemp ($91,100 FL/CTW), 22, poised to be the “veteran” of the back five.

Henjack puts his best Front Row, Forward!

And next on the list is Sam Thaiday($248,400 FRF), preferring the freedom of the second row Sam may have to relinquish his role depending upon his performance in this weekends trial. Coach Henjack named Thaiday to partner Nick Kenny ($202,400 FRF) in the front row and would not rule out the possibility of starting him there against the Cowboys for Rd 1 “If they (Kenny and Thaiday) go well they could be there (against the Cowboys),” Henjak said on Wednesday. “I’m still looking for the best combination there. I wouldn’t say I was happy with everything, so if that works well for us on Saturday, it might be the way we go.” Unsettling Thaiday out of his preferred position sends a message to the whole team that they will be required to perform as there are plenty of players looking to play in any number of positions. The much commented upon fullback role will again be filled by Corey Norman ($84,100 FLB), although he will share the duties with Josh Hoffman ($91,100 FLB) providing he passes a fitness test Thursday morning “Josh has worked hard and deserves a chance,” said Henjak. “If he gets through tomorrow he and Corey will share the fullback job, I owe him that.” Henjack though would not comment on how much field time Peter Wallace ($238,900 HLV) and Darren Lockyer ($209,700 HLV) will spend in the halves.

Trials round up.

As a NQ Cowboys follower, I expect no less from a player that has left our ranks under hazy circumstances other than to go onto success for another club. Travis Burns ($155,100 HLV) it seems will prove to be another statistic in this ever growing list, it has been reported he had a blinder and made an unforgettable statement in his pursuit to be the other half running along side Luke Walsh ($210,700 HLV) for the Panthers this season. Wade Graham ($167,200 HLV) is also looking to secure this position but after the weekend he may have the odds against him, also having had his differences in the past with Coach Elliott may work against his desire for a starting role. With Luke Lewis ($220,200 CTW/HLV), Petero Civinoceva ($271,300 FRF) and Trent Waterhouse ($307,800 2RF) to return the Panthers are certainly poised for an early attack in this years competition. The Eels on the other hand could possibly see reason for a little concern seeming they almost had their A side on the paddock, but with Daniel Mortimer ($268,000 HLV) and Ben Smith ($189,600 CTW/2RF) exiting because of injury early and Nathan Hindmarsh ($367,700 2RF) a no show, the Eels won’t be too worried.

PENRITH PANTHERS 32 (Travis Burns 2, Shane Elford, Luke Walsh, Michael Gordon, Ryan Walker tries; Michael Gordon 3, Travis Burns goals) def PARRAMATTA EELS 12 (Luke Burt, Ben Smith tries; Luke Burt 2 goals) at CUA Stadium. Crowd: 11,113.

The first half of the Dogs V Dragons line ups looked almost like a standard Telstra Cup fixture, with Jamal Idris ($153,300 CTW) for the Dogs showing what he is potentially capable of week in week out with his unique attacking style culminating in 2 tries for the giant youngster. Ben Barba ($91,100 HLV) also showed he is more than ready if veteran Brett Kimmorley ($237,300 HLV) should happen upon injury with some good touches when on the field. For the Saints, Nathan Fien ($211,500 HLV/HOK) continues to impress Coach Bennett, constantly threatening from Dummy Half and will no doubt slot into the run on side somewhere in this seasons Dragons campaign. In true trials fashion both sides made plenty of errors and it was difficult to split the two, defence being the only winner in this tight fought contest.

DRAGONS 16 (Lett, Green, Vickery Tries; Goodwin 2 Goals)BULLDOGS 14 (Idris 2, Nanai Tries; Turner 1 Goal)

Big things are expected from the Rabbitohs and the Titans this season, if we were to go by their rosters it should be a safe bet on a finals berth for both. The bunnies didn’t throw their big money forwards onto the field preferring to show off their depth against the Titans, and they held their own. For the Titans, the Prince ($287,300 HLV) Bird ($250,000 HLV/2RF) combination had another game to find the common ground between the flair and creativity of Prince mixing with the glass smashing brutality of Bird. The Bunnies youngsters, trying to capture the eye of Coach Lang had some flair of their own whilst the Titans proved to be more tradesman like in their performance. The Titans also played their bargain Ex Kiwi International Clinton Toopi (Not Listed) who brought plenty to the table.

Gold Coast Titans 28 (M Rogers, C Toopi, R Brown, S Prince, W Zillman tries; S Prince 4 goals) defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 (L Capewell 2, I Luke, J Vaivai tries; C Sandow 2, A Reynolds 1 goal). Crowd 5500.

Ben Te’o ($203,100 2RF) performed, scoring twice in what could may possibly be the year for the talented back rower, after showing plenty of potential the former Tiger may have finally settled within the Brisbane outfit. As reported, Israel Folau ($139,800 CTW) also shared the Fullback position with Corey Norman (Not Listed) who is only 18 but showing plenty of confidence and try scoring ability. Albeit an experimental outing for the Broncos it was considered successful. For the Green Machine it was Terry Campese ($331,900 HLV) and Joel Monaghan ($154,500 CTW) who stood ahead of the rest, behind a pack that never let them down. Dane Tilse ($195,600 FRF) ate up the metres while stalwart Alan Tongue ($238,800 2RF) proved that his workload is as high as ever and the Scott Logan ($162,100 FRF), Dane Tilse, David Shillington ($175,500 FRF) and Bronson Harrison ($292,200 2RF) combination could prove to be a dark horse in this seasons high profile packs.

Brisbane 32 d Canberra 24 *Will Post stats asap.