The Courier-Mail

Bennett to pass the Parcell

- CHRIS GARRY PETER BADEL

A FIVE-day turnaround, fivedegree conditions, two Origin stars rested and four backing up – the Broncos face their toughest challenge this season tonight.

Sam Thaiday and Justin Hodges will both be rested from the clash with the Raiders in the nation’s capital.

It is expected Wayne Bennett will blood Ipswich hooker Matt Parcell off the bench to allow Andrew McCullough to play lock at stages.

Even their travel was a calamity yesterday as a cancelled flight forced them to find a bus to Canberra from Sydney.

Bennett said there was little use complainin­g about a week from hell for the club placed second on the ladder.

“Of course it makes it hard but we expect it this time of year,” he said.

“We have only had the one training session together this morning.

“But we are experience­d enough to handle it.

“It is up to everybody to pull their weight, lift a bit and do a little better.

“These guys did that so I am confident we can do it again tomorrow.”

Parcell would replace the injured Kodi Nikorima as Brisbane’s interchang­e utility.

A 22-year-old hooker with speed off the mark, Parcell plays in a similar vein to Panthers star James Segeyaro.

Jets coach and former Bronco Ben Walker said Parcell could change the way other NRL hookers played such is his talent.

“There would not be another hooker in the NRL who is quicker than him out of dummy half,” Walker said.

“He’s super fit, he makes 40 tackles a game and he has the vision to break teams open.”

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