Packing a punch
Wallace hails Broncos pack best in NRL
BRISBANE halfback Peter Wallace claims he’ll be operating behind the NRL’s best forward pack this season.
With the possibility of Australian forward Sam Thaiday switching to play in the front row alongside star recruit Ben Hannant, Wallace believes the bulked-up Broncos have the power, skill and depth t o muscle up against any forward unit.
‘‘ I think it’s the best pack in the NRL, it’s not just big, it’s also very mobile with a lot of strike power,’’ Wallace said yesterday.
‘‘ They’re not just bash and barge, t hey can pass and they’ve got some skill.
‘‘ We were probably a little light on ( in the forwards) last year.
‘‘ With Benny ( Ben Hannant) c o mi n g b a c k a n d ( D a n e ) Carlaw back and all those young f el l as l i ke Mitchell Dodds and Josh McGuire a year older and wiser, we’ve got a lot of depth there.’’
Returning from off-season surgery on the shoulder injury he carried through the final rounds of 2010, former NSW Origin No. 7 Wallace warned the Broncos also had the backline to capitalise on forward ascendancy.
‘ ‘ H a v i n g H o d g y ( c e n t r e Justin Hodges) back is like having another player too because he didn’t play at all last year,’’ Wallace said.
‘‘ Young Dane Gagai was outstanding in the trial last week and he’s quick and so are Gerard Beale and Jharal Yow Yeh, so we’ve got the speedsters to cash in on the work of our forwards.’’