Greater options benefit Broncos
SKIPPER Darren Lockyer believes a conscious decision by half Peter Wallace and hooker Andrew McCullough to do more with the football contributed to Brisbane’s upset of Canberra at the weekend.
Lockyer revealed the pair made good on a deal to take more responsibility against the Raiders, making it a little harder for the opposition to camp on him defensively.
‘‘ Pete, Andrew and Benny Hunt had to work on their combinations a bit more after round one ( against the Cowboys),’’ Lockyer said yesterday. ‘‘ I was in that boat. ‘‘ We had a chat and agreed we needed to get the best out of all of us.
‘‘ Just passing the footy out of dummy half is not in their best interests.
‘‘ They involved themselves more in broken field play off a strong performance from our forwards which was good.’’
The caution in Lockyer’s voice leading into Friday’s derby would be music to rookie coach Anthony Griffin’s ears with the Titans reeling from the worst loss in their brief NRL history.
The Broncos will be hot favourites but, with the hindsight of 335 games, Lockyer knows the Titans will be desperate to redeem themselves, especially after foundation captain Scott Prince branded Saturday’s performance against Melbourne as ‘‘ embarrassing’’.
The fear of falling to 0-3 and being under the pump so early in the season is certain to fire up Gold Coast.
Brisbane expect to welcome b a c k s t a r c e nt r e J us t i n H o d g e s w i t h p r o p B e n Hannant rated a 50-50 chance o f m a k i n g h i s s e c o n d ‘‘ debut’’ for Brisbane if he overcomes a niggling calf injury.