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Lockyer undecided about Storm trial

By Wayne Heming 17/02/2009 07:48:23 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane captain Darren Lockyer has declared himself ready to play for the Broncos in their final pre-season hit-out against Melbourne - but coach Ivan Henjak may have other ideas.

Lockyer was heavily involved in a full body contact session at Queensland University on Tuesday, looking sharp as the Broncos got a taste of the NRL's new two referee system.

While Lockyer was not expected to take part in any of the Broncos' three trial games, with the club preferring to ease the 31-year-old into his 15th NRL season, he indicated he'd be quite happy to tackle the Storm in a fortnight.

"I think the body is ready for that," Lockyer said.

The champion No.6 said playing a trial game was useful no matter how experienced the player.

"Whether you've played 20 games or 200 games you still get nervous before that first game just because you haven't done something for so long, you start to think you've forgotten how to do it.

"Those kind of sessions and trials give you a bit of confidence, they help ease the nerves for that first game."

"It's a matter of whether Ivan thinks it's going to be beneficial to the team," he said.

Lockyer said the tackling during the opposed session was "95 per cent" as hard as an NRL game.

"It was good to have the intensity and the contact in there," he said, adding he didn't really notice two referees on the field.

"I think it worked fine, only time will tell.

"One thing it will do is put guys on notice around the play the ball area which can only be a positive in speeding up that part of the game."

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