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Broncos will get it done, says Parker

By Wayne Heming 16/02/2009 07:41:22 PM Comments (0)

Seasoned campaigner Corey Parker has backed Brisbane's unfashionable forwards to silence critics concerned they will be unable to give their backline the opportunity to live up to their Hollywood tag.

With coach Ivan Henjak set to adopt an "all hands on deck" policy for Saturday night's NRL trial against Canberra at Redcliffe, the experienced Parker bristled at suggestions Brisbane's front-row stocks - drained in recent years - would struggle to cope in 2009.

World class props Shane Webcke (retired) and Petero Civoniceva (Penrith) have moved on in recent years while they've lost Origin front-rower Ben Hannant this season to the Bulldogs.

Brisbane's pack has undergone an overhaul losing Hannant, creative hooker Michael Ennis and utility David Stagg to the Bulldogs, lock Tonie Carroll (retired) and Kiwi international Greg Eastwood who's battling visa problems to play in the English Super League.

Parker couldn't see any valid reason why Brisbane's engine room would not get the job done.

"The only real heavyweight leaving the pack is Benny Hannant," said Parker, lining up for season number nine with Brisbane.

"We've got Nick Kenny who had a great year last year, Dave Taylor's still here and a couple of big boppers in Lagi Setu and Ben Te'o have turned up.

"There hasn't been a mass exodus or anything like that."

Melbourne built a premiership on a hard-working pack in 2007, not unlike the one Brisbane has put together.

"You don't necessarily need a champion, you need a champion side," said Parker.

"When Melbourne won the comp the players all had a role to play and they played them very well."

Parker agreed it would be a tragedy if Brisbane's all-representative backline, boosted by the addition of excitement machine Israel Folau, didn't get the room it needed to entertain.

"Brisbane have always had a renowned backline," he said.

"You look at those names and any team in the comp would want them.

"It's exciting watching them at training. I can't wait to see them out there."

Prop Joel Clinton impressed Parker and Kenny in last Saturday's night's trial win over the Gold Coast.

Early season injuries didn't help the former Panther's Test prop launch his career with Brisbane the way he wanted last season.

He also regretted dropping several kilos which detracted from his power game.

Parker, Kenny and Sam Thaiday paid the price for missing last weekend's first trial outing, subjected to a painful training session on Monday.

"I wasn't expecting that," said Kenny after the gruelling session which included repeated hill sprints.

With the exception of skipper Darren Lockyer, who may not play before the opening game of the season against the Cowboys, and centre Justin Hodges (shoulder), Brisbane will run out their top side on Saturday night.

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