NRL: Broncos expect Tigers to bring bite

Corey Parker of the Broncos. Photo / Getty Images
Corey Parker of the Broncos. Photo / Getty Images

Brisbane stalwart Corey Parker has dismissed Wests Tigers' injury dramas, warning they are still one of the NRL's most dangerous rivals.

Brisbane resume their push towards the top four at Campbelltown on Saturday night against a Tigers outfit missing playmaker Benji Marshall and key utility Braith Anasta, who was his replacement.

Parker said the Tigers still had plenty of bite and would be difficult opponents, especially with hooker Robbie Farah fighting for a State of Origin jumper and forwards Aaron Woods and Adam Blair on form.

Farah has stepped up in Marshall's absence and was inspirational in the Tigers' narrow 13-12 loss to the Dragons, making 59 tackles while also directing play.

"They're a class outfit, a team you can never underestimate, a side that can play a really attractive brand of football," Parker said yesterday.

"They're a team, myself included, we all like to watch. They play that brand of footy at times you never know what's going to come and that makes them very dangerous.

"We're well aware of that."

Parker also dismissed concerns that last weekend's representative bye could be a momentum killer for the Broncos after tough wins over the Gold Coast and North Queensland.

"I think the break came at a really good time. Seven weeks into the season teams start to get a few bumps and bruises. Especially for us, it was a good opportunity to freshen up," he said.

Brisbane's new "spine" - fullback Corey Norman, five-eighth Scott Prince, halfback Peter Wallace and hooker Andrew McCullough - has also started to click in those recent wins with left wing Josh Hoffman bagging six tries in his last three NRL games.

"I remember just recently getting some questions from you guys saying we couldn't score a try, now you're telling me we've scored 13," said Parker.

"Things aren't going to happen overnight but the more games we have together the more this combination is going to be formed."

Parker wants to retain his Origin jumper for the first game of the series in Sydney in June but isn't thinking too much about it at this stage.

"If you start worrying about Origin spots, you tend to trip up," he said. "First and foremost it's about doing your job each week for your team.

"I've learned before not to look too far ahead and if you continue to do a good job for your club you throw your name in the mix anyway."

Forward Josh McGuire, battling a calf injury, is expected back this weekend.


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