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Lockyer not fazed by Broncos 'slump'

22/07/2009 07:20:35 PM Comments (0)

Highly-decorated Brisbane skipper Darren Lockyer refused to concede Brisbane's latest slump was the worst in his 300-game plus career at the club.

But he admitted a loss on Friday night against the Gold Coast would make it very tough for Brisbane to maintain its proud record of 17 successive finals.

As coach Ivan Henjak faced an anxious wait after star fullback Karmichael Hunt limped off the training paddock on Wednesday, four-time premiership winning captain Lockyer said Brisbane's latest slump of five losses in six games was not the end of their premiership hopes.

Lockyer has led Brisbane to premierships in 1997 (Super League), 1998, 2000 and most recently in 2006 and has experienced a lot of lows since making his debut against Parramatta in 1995.

The disturbing thing this time is Brisbane have lost confidence and trust in their defence on the back of a crippling injury list which includes Lockyer, Sam Thaiday, Israel Folau, Nick Kenny and Tonie Carroll and possibly now Hunt (cork).

Henjak said he would know more about Hunt's injury on Thursday morning.

Asked it this was Brisbane's worst form slump, Lockyer said: "No, it's not the worst.

"Obviously if we don't come out of it it's going to be worse.

"But you can't limp into the semis, you won't last too long if you do."

Lockyer said the team hadn't handled the Origin period very well but that could be because the club had it's youngest ever roster, lacking experience when their senior players were on representative duty.

"That's over now and when guys get back from injury we'll start playing better footy," he said."

The Titans are hoping workaholic hooker Nathan Friend (ankle) gets through an 11th-hour fitness test to take his place on Friday night after losing senior playmaker and dual international Mat Rogers to injury through the week.

However they've been boosted by the return of hard toiling back-rower Ashley Harrison who has recovered from his Origin-inflicted rib injury.

Titans skipper Scott Prince said he was wary of a wounded Broncos outfit which still had the players to win.

"A wounded Broncos team has shown over the years they can be very dangerous. They'll pull something out of the bag," Prince said.

The teams have played five times with an average of one point the difference and Brisbane ahead 3-2.

"They don't get any closer than that," said Gold Coast chief executive Michael Searle, who conceded Brisbane was still the club the Titans aspired to be like because of their amazing success on and off the field.

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