Mom’s No. 6 Bronco will handle the Dolphins’ heat: Walters
Brisbane boss Kevin Walters says five-a-side player Ezra Mam will deal with any excessive heat from Dolphin in Friday night’s derby.
Mam trained on Thursday with bundles of ligaments on his right leg after it was injured in the 40-18 win over the Dragons last week.
He played through injury but the 20-year-old is sure to get extra attention from the Dolphins defense at Suncorp Stadium after scoring three tries in the opening three innings.
Dolphins player Feliz Kaufusi has been suspended and will miss the game. Kaufusi has been in punishing form on the defensive right edge for his team, where Mam likes to run.
Kaufusi will not be present but his replacement in the starting line-up Konele Limoelo has not held back and will not hold back in reminding Mam of his presence.
Walters has no qualms about Mam’s offensive prowess but expects the dolphins to come for him.
“I think they will try (pressure Mam), but he has been up to the challenge for the first three weeks and I expect him to come back again, particularly on defence,” Walters said.
“That’s where our focus has been this week to make sure we work hard for each other.”
Mam has only missed three tackles in his last two games.
There is no doubt about its availability, Walters said.
He said, “He’s right to go. It’s going to be good.”
After the team’s victory last week against the Dragons, captain Adam Reynolds said that the team aims to start the match in full swing after conceding early attempts in the past two matches.
“I think we had a really bad start for the majority of the season,” Reynolds said.
It’s a view echoed by Brisbane’s NSW ancestor Pine Haase.
“We have to have a better start or they will run over us,” said Haas.
“Their front group all play well together. I think (Dolphin Luke) Tom Gilbert has been really good for them and is leading the way. They have a very tough attacking pack and it’s up to us to reward them.”
Haas has been great against dragons and plans to leave nothing in the tank.
“You don’t need any more motivation than a derby game, especially a Brisbane battle against a team coached by Wayne Bennett. They’ll be ready for that,” said Haas.
“He’d love to get one on the Broncos. They’re going to be ready for us and we just have to reward them.”
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