BEN Hannant and Aaron Woods walked off Suncorp Stadium with Origin on their minds last night – and each was greeted with bad news.
For Woods, it was being told team-mate Blake Ferguson had been dumped from the NSW Origin II side. For Hannant, it was his club captain Sam Thaiday’s opinion he is not ready for Origin.
“I only just heard happened,” said Woods, who in a side beaten 32-12 a 131m metres in 14 runs.
“It’s disappointing that someone is of the team but I’m sure whoever comes in will do a good job.”
Woods’ stats gave a lie to the theory players – particularly debutants –are in danger of holding themselves back in Monday Night Football if they know they have an interstate encounter around the corner.
When Thaiday was asked if Hannant should be chosen by Queensland on Tuesday, however, he said: “Let him play a few games for the Broncs first.
“I really think personally he needs to prove himself here and stay on the field. He’s getting older, he’s getting a few little niggling injuries but that’s not my decision.
“I’d like to see him play some outstanding footy for the Broncs first.”
Wests Tigers lock Braith Anasta is out for “several weeks” with a left shoulder injury while hooker Masada Iosefa is on report for tripping Hannant.
The defence before Brisbane tries to Matt Gillett and Scott Prince was particularly feeble, something that left coach Michael Potter despondent.
“It showed that when it comes to defence, we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” he said.
The performance of lock Corey Parker was another key for the Broncos. He made 185 metres and 31 tackles. “Our senior players led from the front and that was one of the best things about the night,” said Griffin.
“Sam and Corey Parker and Hodgo (Justin Hodges). And I thought it was Matt Gillett’s best game for the year. He put himself right into the game from the start.”
Prop Thaiday said of Parker, “If any young kids out there want to be Broncos players, just look at Corey Parker and do what he does. I’m sure you’ll get there”
Thaiday said the game “felt different. It felt like we were out there playing as a team and that’s something that’s let us down over the last few weeks.
“It was a great effort from the whole 17. Even when they scored that early try there, I don’t think there was one stage when we felt we were going to lose that game.”
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