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Henjak warns of complacency trap

By Wayne Heming 12/07/2008 11:45:09 AM Comments (0)

Assistant coach Ivan Henjak has sounded the complacency alarm, warning players not to expect the return of star halves Darren Lockyer and Peter Wallace to guarantee Brisbane a win over the struggling Bulldogs on Sunday.

Less than 12 hours after the Titan's sprung the upset of the season and outsiders Newcastle followed it up with a second upset, Henjak put his players on notice not to simply expect Lockyer to turn up and win the game for them.

"Both favourites got beaten last night and I think it came down to attitude and not so much the talent or ability of those teams," said Henjak after Brisbane trained in front of a finals-like crowd of close to 1500 at Red Hill on Saturday morning.

"I'm really conscious of falling into the trap of thinking just because Darren's back and Peter Wallace is back and our Origin players are back that the job is going to be done because they're there.

"The real trap for us is thinking just because Locky is back everything will fall in place."

Lockyer is expected play between 50 or 60 minutes in his first appearance since orchestrating a last minute 30-26 win over Parramatta in May.

"He (Lockyer) was very good out there this morning and the plan is he'll start the game and we're hoping to get 50 or 60 minutes out of him," said Henjak.

"He'll probably have a break in the first half and come in the second, that's the plan anyway."

Brisbane have a firm plan in place for Lockyer's third comeback attempt and regardless of how the game pans out they won't be deviating from it after learning from past experiences.

"We've learned, but I think he (Lockyer) has which is the main thing," said Henjak.

"We don't want to be relying on Locky to win us the games, certainly he pulled it out of the fire for us against Parramatta but we don't want to be in that situation.

"If he can do the job early and the rest of the boys back him up then we should be in a good position.

"We're going to be pretty disciplined about it.

"When we get to the time he has to come off, he has to come off.

"The season's too important for us to be trying to risk him around this time of the year."

The Bulldogs have lost their last five premiership games but have managed to beat Brisbane in five of their last seven trips north.

But Henjak said Brisbane were well aware the Bulldogs had jumped out to good leads in the last two games and would show them respect despite their losing trot.

"They've had a great culture in their club, they've got some very good players there and if we're not on our game, they're going to hurt us.

The Bulldogs were schedule to have a training run in Brisbane early Saturday evening.

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