Pack­ing a punch

Wal­lace hails Bron­cos pack best in NRL

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

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.’’

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