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Sam Thaiday evaluated week to week

Sam Thaiday admits he has become a week-by-week proposition for the Broncos as he is hampered by the same chronic groin injury that commonly strikes AFL players. Representative forward Thaiday is battling the debilitating osteitis pubis, which has afflicted AFL stars such as Brownlow Medal winners Chris Judd and Adam Cooney and Collingwood premiership winner Luke Ball. The problem hobbled Ball so badly one year that the midfielder was once described as like “a baby giraffe trying to find its feet”. He was so unstable he often struggled to pick himself up off the ground. Thaiday knows he is likely to have to have surgery at some stage but is committed to trying to play out the season in pain, even though he concedes he will have to be evaluated every week. “I am just getting a bit of physio every day and we will just go from game to game,” Thaiday said. “It is a hard thing to try to get on top of. “I don’t know why I’ve got it. I don’t run as much as those (AFL) blokes. Continue reading

Lockyer dons the Bronc for first time in 2011

Brisbane skipper Darren Lockyer will wear the Broncos jersey for the first time in 2011 after being named in a strong side to meet Melbourne Storm in Saturday night’s NRL trial at Redcliffe. New Broncos coach Anthony Griffin on Wednesday named his first team two days after Ivan Henjak’s controversial dumping, and chose to rest four of his biggest forwards. While Brisbane’s backline will be at full strength against a strong Storm outfit, Queensland forwards Sam Thaiday and Ben Hannant, plus Nick Kenny and Mitchell Dodds have been rested. “We will give Sam and Ben a rest this weekend but they will be right for round one,” Griffin told the Broncos website. “Nick Kenny is the same, as is Mitchell Dodds. “This gives the other guys a chance to show what they can do. Continue reading

Hodges back Just in time for Broncs ’11 campaign

Nervous but pumped, Justin Hodges has promised to unleash the “full package” in his long-awaited playing comeback for Brisbane in Saturday night’s pre-season trial against the Cowboys in Alice Springs. The former Queensland and Australian centre’s last game of rugby league was the preliminary final against Melbourne in September 2009. A ruptured achilles tendon suffered during pre-season training kept him off the field for the whole of 2010. Brisbane weren’t the same side without Hodges who is one those players who has a presence on the field at any level. Two kilos heavier, refreshed and free of any judiciary baggage (carry over points and loading), Hodges said he was “busting” to play again. And he said the big sidestep, the fend, the aggression and the abrasiveness he liked to rub opponents with were all still there. “They’re all still there, especially the aggression … I think it’s got even worse. Continue reading

Brisbane’s front-row stocks are looking a little shaky for their NRL season-opening blockbuster against the Cowboys, with Sam Thaiday battling a groin injury and Mitchell Dodds nursing a broken hand. Dodds is a contender to be the bench back-up for props Ben Hannant and Thaiday for the March 11 showdown, which may attract a 50,000-strong Suncorp Stadium crowd given record ticket sales earlier this week. But Dodds and Thaiday, who’s been receiving treatment for the painful groin condition osteitis pubis, are under injury clouds. “I haven’t spoken to the specialist but Mitchell might still be right for game one,” said coach Ivan Henjak, who’ll take 19 players to Alice Springs on Thursday for a pre-season trial against the Cowboys this Saturday. Continue reading

This is the last key position to look at and there isn’t too many here that are averaging over 40.  I have used 45 as the bench mark score for the last two columns, but perhaps I should have used 30, it might have been a bit more flattering for the big fellers.

There aren’t a lot of stars to choose from here as far as Dream Team goes.  If you are looking at options for your front row it will depend on what points you are looking for and how much money you have to spend as to who you go for.  

  GM Ave Total Pts TR GO MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >=45 % >= 45
Bailey 18 42.78 770 8 226 578 0 32 -74 5 27.78%
Thaiday 17 40.76 693 8 200 516 1 56 -88 9 52.94%
Tronc 13 40.31 524 0 112 400 1 64 -53 1 7.69%
Douglas 19 39.37 748 4 193 607 0 24 -80 4 21.05%
Hannant 16 39.25 628 0 182 503 0 24 -81 1 6.25%
Myles 15 39.13 587 0 161 464 1 42 -81 1 6.67%
Cayless 19 38.05 723 0 195 501 2 84 -59 3 15.79%
Burgess 18 37.78 680 12 222 483 0 90 -127 3 16.67%
Packer, R 18 36.06 649 4 172 515 0 8 -50 3 16.67%
Nuuausala 19 35.42 673 24 151 486 0 90 -78 3 15.79%
King 19 33.95 645 4 190 471 0 58 -78 2 10.53%

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“Crusher” tackle victim Sam Thaiday is fit to take his place in the Queensland State of Origin side, and his clean bill of health has further lifted the Broncos mindset ahead of Friday night’s big home match against Wests Tigers. Thaiday sent a scare through the Broncos camp when he stayed down after being awkwardly tackled by Eels Daniel Mortimer and Feleti Mateo in Saturday night’s 10-6 away win over Parramatta. But Thaiday played on after treatment and finished with 34 tackles, the Bronco’s defensive grit seen as the key to shutting down the Tigers’ potent attack. Brisbane will prepare this week as if Melbourne Storm five-eighth Brett Finch will start for the Tigers, with speculation sweeping league circles he will be granted a release by the June 30 deadline. But Storm management and Finch’s agent Steve Gillis yesterday denied he was going anywhere.

As we come into the round 11 bye, this is my final look at the bye rounds, this time focusing on the Brisbane Broncos.  

The Broncos are only just finding some form but now they are going to be hit hard with SOO duties.  That creates opportunities for coaches to look at other players who will step up and make the most of getting more game time, which can only mean more DT points.  After the round 11 bye, the Broncos have a clear run till round 18 where they share the final bye round with the Dragons.  Continue reading

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.