Pre­mier­ship ours to take says Bronco

Warwick Daily News - - SPORT - LEAGUE -

BRIS­BANE cen­tre James Roberts has sounded an omi­nous warn­ing to ri­val fi­nals con­tenders, declar­ing the Bron­cos are build­ing the mo­men­tum to win this year’s pre­mier­ship.

As the team pre­pares to cel­e­brate Sam Thai­day’s fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son home game against Manly in Bris­bane to­mor­row, Roberts be­lieves the Bron­cos can pro­duce a month­long surge to break the long­est ti­tle drought in their his­tory – and knows a fi­nal-round dis­posal of the Sea Ea­gles can help them se­cure a home semi-fi­nal at Sun­corp next week­end.

Bris­bane have been in­con­sis­tent for most of the sea­son but back-to-back wins over big guns Souths and the Roost­ers have given the squad be­lief they can de­liver the club’s first pre­mier­ship since 2006.

“I think we can win the whole thing,” Roberts said yes­ter­day.

“I’m pretty sure peo­ple write us off every year, but we know what we have to do at the club here and we are con­fi­dent in each other.

“The Roost­ers are a top team and they were on fire, but I thought we han­dled them pretty well. We weath­ered their storm early and came away with the win.

“The last two weeks have been re­ally good and we are slowly get­ting to where we want to be ... we still have a lot more im­prove­ment in us.”

Roberts, 25, also be­lieves he is hit­ting top gear at the right time af­ter the most gru­elling cam­paign of his NRL ca­reer.

Hav­ing bro­ken into the NSW Ori­gin side this sea­son, he has had to jug­gle the de­mands of club and rep­re­sen­ta­tive foot­ball, all the while bat­tling an achilles prob­lem that has plagued him for six months.

“I am com­ing good now men­tally ... I am feel­ing bet­ter than what I was three weeks ago,” he said. — Peter Badel

Photo: AAP

CON­FI­DENT: Bris­bane cen­tre James Roberts.

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