Thai­day happy with un­der­dog tag

The Morning Bulletin - - SPORT - — Paul Malone

SAM Thai­day played along­side Cameron Smith in nine State of Ori­gin se­ries wins, seven with Billy Slater as a team­mate and six with Cooper Cronk.

But the qual­ity of his three Ma­roons broth­ers makes Thai­day (pic­tured) want to see them on the los­ing side even more in Fri­day’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal against their Storm club.

“It just makes you want to beat them, be­cause you know what type of com­peti­tors they are,” Thai­day said.

“We def­i­nitely know what they are go­ing to bring. We’d love to get down to Mel­bourne, re­ally up­set them and hope­fully rat­tle their cage a bit.

“The week off isn’t al­ways nec­es­sar­ily a good thing ei­ther. We’ve been able to work on com­bi­na­tions and get a cou­ple of play­ers back. We will be bat­tle ready.

“I love be­ing an un­der­dog. We are look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.”

Cronk is two wins from sign­ing off from his Storm ca­reer with an­other grand fi­nal tri­umph.

Thai­day said he had passed his con­cus­sion test which forced him from the field 13 min­utes from full-time in the semi-fi­nal and would be cleared to play against Mel­bourne. Thai­day and skip­per Dar­ius Boyd are the only ac­tive play­ers who played in Brisbane’s last premier­ship side 11 years ago.

On Fri­day night, the Bron­cos have to end a se­quence of losses in seven fi­nals matches played away from Sun­corp Sta­dium.

While Brisbane is cur­rently play­ing a more un­struc­tured style of at­tack than the elim­i­nated Par­ra­matta, Thai­day said there were lessons the Bron­cos should draw from how the Eels played in los­ing their elim­i­na­tion fi­nal against Mel­bourne by two points.

“We will have to bring a lot of ag­gres­sion and en­ergy at the start of the game,” he said.

“We will take a few lit­tle key points off the Eels.”

PHOTO: DAR­REN ENG­LAND/AAP

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