The Courier-Mail

Revenge will be sweet

- CHRIS GARRY @tiger_cmail

MOVED on from the Broncos nine months ago, Ben Hannant will return to Brisbane this week in the best form of his past five years – and it is thanks to a food documentar­y.

Hannant is primed to haunt the Broncos for their decision to not re-sign him last year.

He is playing so well he is keeping Jason Taumalolo out of the Cowboys’ starting side.

Hannant wanted to stay at the Broncos but the NRL club felt he was on too much money and it wanted more mobile props.

The Cowboys found themselves a bargain buy and Hannant has repaid them in kind.

He is expected to start in Saturday night’s Suncorp Stadium qualifying final.

Hannant was inconsiste­nt at Brisbane last season where he started all but four games on the bench.

In the last month he has rediscover­ed the form which made him an Origin regular.

Since being promoted to the starting team in the Round 24 win over the Warriors, Hannant has averaged 145m.

His highest output of the season was in that Warriors game, where he made 216m at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium.

Before the Warriors game he was averaging around 90m per game in his first year in North Queensland.

Hannant credits the Cowboys’ high performanc­e unit and Australian documentar­y film That Sugar Film, which has become an internatio­nal hit, for his improved performanc­es.

That Sugar Film reveals how bad for your body food marketed as healthy in Australia is, highlighti­ng the damage sugar does.

“You know That Sugar Film? Yeah, I watched that on a trip home once and it really made me realise that the stuff I am eating isn’t the best,” he said. “It really opened my eyes. ‘‘I am really watching what I eat a lot more carefully now. “It is not just that though. ‘‘I have always done extras but now I am enjoying them.

“The HPU staff here make me excited to be doing the extras out there with them and the extras are specific to my position. I am enjoying coming to training every week.”

Hannant said this Cowboys side was one of the most profession­al outfits he had been a part of.

“We are just as hungry as anyone and this is a very closeknit group, and the staff here have given us all a great opportunit­y to perform week in and week out,” he said.

“This is a good place to be because we know our roles.”

Hannant is hoping to remain at the Cowboys after this season.

“It would be nice to stay here but I know how the salary cap works and it can be tough to squeeze everyone in,” he said.

FORMER coach Neil Henry believes the Cowboys can win it all this year.

“They are a good side and importantl­y they are healthy with Michael Morgan coming back,” Henry said after the Titans’ 42-12 Round 26 loss in Townsville on Saturday night.

“I think they will give it a real shake. If they win next week they are one game off the grand final with a home game.

“That is tremendous motivation. They are a sharp side.

‘‘Good luck to them.”

We are just as hungry as anyone and this is a very close-knit group BEN HANNANT

 ??  ?? BIG BEN’S BACK: Bronco-turned-Cowboy Ben Hannant is ready to return to Suncorp Stadium; and (inset) at club training with Jason Taumalolo.
BIG BEN’S BACK: Bronco-turned-Cowboy Ben Hannant is ready to return to Suncorp Stadium; and (inset) at club training with Jason Taumalolo.

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