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Ex-Broncos told to keep grip on emotions

By Tamara McLean 27/03/2009 04:08:41 PM Comments (0)

Warriors centre Brent Tate has warned new teammates Joel Moon and Denan Kemp to keep their emotions in check as the trio prepare to face their former NRL club Brisbane on Saturday.

The three ex-Broncos will meet their old team in a top-of-the-table clash in Auckland, with both sides two from two so far this season.

Tate, who joined the Warriors in 2008 before being followed across the Tasman by Moon and Kemp this year, said it was vital the players kept any reunion emotions under control when playing against their good mates.

"Denan and Joel are very much looking forward to the game on Saturday night," 27-year-old Tate said.

"It's really important, even for myself, that you keep those emotions in check. If you don't things can get away on you."

He said he had struggled playing the Broncos in the 2008 season, describing himself as a "pretty emotional" player.

"It was important for me to keep a lid on it (and) it's the same again this week," he said.

Winger Kemp, 21, was more certain the emotions would not interfere with his play.

"It doesn't matter if I've played for them or not," Kemp said.

"I just want to go out there and not let the boys down."

Both teams have made it to round three unbeaten, with the Warriors disposing of Parramatta and Manly, and the Broncos notching narrow victories over North Queensland and Melbourne.

New Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak has ruled out forwards Nick Kenny (hamstring) and Lagi Setu (sternum) and centre Michael DeVere (hamstring) with injury, while Auckland-born Broncos winger Antonio Winterstein will play his first NRL game in his former home town.

For the Warriors, utility Aidan Kirk will replace an injured Manu Vatuvei and forward Micheal Luck returns after a week off following a heavy tackle from Parramatta front-rower Fuifui Moimoi.

An intriguing match-up looks set to unfold in the halves, where Warriors legend Stacey Jones will be injected from the bench to match wits with Broncos playmakers Darren Lockyer and Peter Wallace.

Jones made a thrilling comeback to the NRL last week, ensuring his side came from behind to down the premiers.

Warriors coach Ivan Cleary declined to say whether it would be an ongoing strategy to save the veteran's spark for later in the game.

He said he thought the Broncos would be tough to beat on the night.

"They've had two really close games, frantic-type games, sort of classic Broncos really," the coach said.

"They're never beaten and they compete right to the end."

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