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By Wayne Heming 24/04/2009 10:50:18 PM Comments (0)

Champion five-eighth Darren Lockyer stuck it up his critics in no uncertain terms as he returned to his best in Brisbane's 40-8 NRL thrashing of Parramatta at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

"I don't know and I don't really care," fired Lockyer when asked if he felt he had answered critics who dared suggest he would not be selected for Queensland in the upcoming Origin series.

Lockyer's five star performance though suggested he did care.

Eels coach Daniel Anderson was in no doubt after the game about Lockyer's contribution and worth to Brisbane and Queensland.

"I appreciate everyone saying he was over the hill and can't play," said Anderson who felt his maligned players had put in despite the lopsided scoreline.

"Yeah, he was ordinary, wasn't he?"

Anderson said Brisbane's backline was "dynamic" with Lockyer orchestrating their attack.

"His fundamentals are so impressive with his perfect passes.

"When the time comes and he doesn't play, people will know how good he was."

Brisbane's Hollywood backline clicked with fullback Karmichael Hunt scoring three tries and working brilliantly with centre Justin Hodges on the right side.

"Brisbane's attack on the edges was very dynamic," said Anderson.

Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak said Lockyer had copped a "bit of a pasting (in the media)" last week and had answered his critics on the field.

Lockyer meanwhile played down a second half incident in which Parramatta forward Nathan Hindmarsh slid into him in a dangerous way which will come under scrutiny by the match review committee.

"I know Hiney pretty well, I'm sure it wasn't intentional," said Lockyer.

"There's no hard feelings."

Brisbane led 16-0 at half time and had far too much class and fire power for Parramatta who missed 42 tackles and bombed at least four tries, including two by centre Jarryd Hayne who lost the ball in goal twice after pulling down first half bombs from Felei Mateo and halfback Kris Keating.

Brisbane forward Nick Kenny said he thought Lockyer bounced back to his form.

"It was Lockyer at his best, I thought he was sensational," said Kenny who has been a real success story in the front-row.

"It wasn't just what he did with the ball but his communication and talk and directing us around the field.

"It made everyone's job a lot easier.

"Why would he care what his critics said?

"He's been a great player for a long time and nothing has changed.

"I certainly know none of the players lost any confidence in him and we love playing with him every week."

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