Greater op­tions ben­e­fit Bron­cos

Townsville Bulletin - - NRL -

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.

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