Brisbane legend Petero Civoneciva says Broncos props Adam Blair and Sam Thaiday have the most important job ahead of them and if they prevail in a mouth-watering clash with Matt Scott and James Tamou, Brisbane will go a long way to nullifying Johnathan Thurston.
With my past history with the Broncos I’m willing to ride them all the way home,” Civoneciva told nrl.com.
“It’s going to be an amazing clash and there’s so many great personal battles ahead whether it’s the halves combinations and the forward packs going at each other – there is great attacking potential in both clubs.”
“..As a Broncos man I hope it doesn’t happen on Sunday [a premiership for Thurston] though if any player deserves a moment like that though it’s JT.
“It’s been amazing to watch him throughout his whole career and to play out on the field with him. He’s such an amazing player.
“The key for them comes down to their forward pack because it allows Johnathan space to play, which is the biggest challenge for the Broncos defensive unit, to be able to control that.”
Civoneciva also praised Brisbane halves pair Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford.
“Nobody would have foreseen the success come so quickly for both players.
“But the level of maturity they have shown is a big part in what Wayne’s been able to instil in them as individuals and as a combination.
“I remember Wayne being calm and measured in the way he prepared the team.
“He didn’t overcomplicate things too much but he’ll have all of his players understanding what their roles are.”