Manly Coach Trent Barrett has pinpointed Brisbane five-eighth Anthony Milford as the player the Sea Eagles will have to watch closely at Suncorp Stadium.
“He is the key to them. I think he leads every statistic for them in line breaks, tackle breaks, offloads. He is certainly a handful, so we are going to have to watch him,’’ Barrett said.
“They have strike players right across the park. The Broncos are coming in off the back of some really good form. They are a very difficult team to defend against. They have plenty of good players in there.”
The Broncos sit in fourth place on the ladder on 12 points with the Sea Eagles in seventh place on 10 points. Both teams had their final training run this morning.
“Our start is really important in front of that big crowd. The Broncos are a powerhouse in the NRL and it is a really good test for us.
“The competition is still very tight, and there are a lot of teams sitting around that 10 or 12 points. It is a big one for us. The two points is extremely important.”
Barrett said the players were excited about playing a home game again against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium as part of the NRL Double Header in the Indigenous Round.
“We love playing at Lottoland and our fans enjoy going there as well. It is beneficial for the club that we bring it up here,’’ Barrett added.
“I take the positives out of it like giving our younger players some more experience in the bigger arenas and in the big games.”
Barrett was expecting boom Broncos centre James Roberts to take the field at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night but he has since failed a fitness test on an ankle injury suffered against Penrith two weeks ago.
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