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Wallace to pick it up against Prince

By Wayne Heming 18/08/2008 06:52:47 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane halfback Peter Wallace is under pressure to re-produce the form that thrust him into a NSW Origin jumper against Titan's marvel Scott Prince in Friday's night's NRL local derby at Suncorp Stadium.

With Prince making a stunning early comeback from a broken arm in the Titans' upset over the Cowboys on the weekend, Wallace is under pressure to lift his game to match the threat posed by the Titans No.7.

Prince defied medical advice, playing with his injured arm strapped and padded like Fort Knox.

He had a hand in most of the Titans' tries and his composure and clever kicking caused the Cowboys' defence all kinds of problems.

A team spokesman said the star pivot was feeling okay, despite pulling up a bit sore.

After having his contract upgraded and extended following his Origin debut, Wallace is yet to find the form that ignited Brisbane in the early rounds when skipper Darren Lockyer was sidelined with knee issues.

The former Panther, who suffered a ruptured a testicle in Origin II, admits it's taken a little time to regain his form and to build a partnership with Lockyer since his successful comeback.

"The injury didn't do me any favours, I had about a month off," said Wallace, who has been solid without shining for Brisbane since his surprise Origin call up.

"It's all been about finding my feet again and I felt the few weeks before the St George game I was doing that.

"It's also been about getting a combination with Locky (Lockyer)."

Parramatta legend Peter Sterling made an observation over the weekend that some players competing in their first Origin series returned to their clubs a little flattened by the experience.

He said while Wallace appeared to be going through the motions, he believed he was the kind of player who could lift when the big games rolled around.

"It's been a bit of a different situation with Locky back and us trying to work on our combination," said Wallace.

"When he (Lockyer) wasn't there I just had to do it but now I have to pick my times and work in with him."

Brisbane, who've dropped two games straight and look like missing a top four spot, are banking on the cavalry arriving this weekend with Test stars Justin Hodges and Karmichael Hunt back on the deck, along with hard-hitting forward Tonie Carroll and Kiwi international Greg Eastwood.

Their right-side defence breaks down at times without the experience of Hodges and Carroll.

Hodges has missed eight of the past 10 games through suspension and Brisbane desperately need him to stay on the field if they are going to be a finals threat.

"They're key positions too, Hodgo is a big strike weapon for us and we missed K's (Hunt) creativity around the ruck and his combination with Locky," said Wallace.

"It's a big bonus having those guys back."

Meanwhile Broncos hooker Michael Ennis has opted to take an early guilty plea to a grade one dangerous throw charge which will allow him to play against the Titans with 93 carry over points.

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