NRL: Broncos need to stay focussed for Warriors clash

Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin will ensure his players' minds stay focussed on next week's NRL clash with the Warriors despite the temptation to stray toward State of Origin and the NRL showdown of year against Melbourne.

After a near perfect 7-1 start to 2012 without Darren Lockyer, there's a real buzz building around the young Broncos side.

With Melbourne setting the pace following an unbeaten eight game streak, Brisbane's looming AAMI Stadium clash, just two days after the opening Origin game on May 23, is already being billed by some as a grand final preview.

Brisbane have five players, Justin Hodges, Ben Hannant, Petero Civoniceva, Sam Thaiday and Corey Parker for Queensland and halfback Peter Wallace for NSW, in line for Origin I which will be played two days before what's shaping as the NRL's showpiece game of the season.

But after the Broncos won over more premiership fans with their polished 26-6 win over the Gold Coast, Griffin said the player's focus would be on a "massive" game against the Warriors next weekend and against Manly the following weekend.

"We're not thinking about Origin at the moment, we've got a massive game against the Warriors in New Zealand and then Manly up here who were very physical in beating the Bulldogs 12-10," said Griffin.

The looming heavyweight clash with Melbourne though will be hard to shut out, especially if both sides win again next weekend.

"You definitely know it's coming," said young Brisbane forward Alex Glenn, who could even lead the Broncos against Melbourne should Griffin decide against backing up some of his Origin stars like he did last year.

"That game (Melbourne) will be a great challenge for us as a club and for the young players but we've got to keep the focus on the team we're playing each week and not let ourselves get too far ahead."

Glenn capped a great seven days, which started last Friday night playing for New Zealand against Australia at Eden Park with two first half tries against the Titans.

"It was an honour to pull on the black and white jersey for my country last week and great to get some good touches and a few tries for Brisbane tonight," said the 23 year-old who continues to deny Matt Gillett a start in Brisbane's back-row.

The young Kiwi international said there was a terrific feeling among the playing group which had been built on a tough training ethic.

"We've trained really hard and all the boys are showing some great character, none of us want to let our teammate down," he said.

Brisbane's only concern from their win was a corked knee suffered by Hodges in a collision with Nate Myles's head in the first half.

-AAP

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