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Brisbane not on revenge mission: Henjak

By Wayne Heming 05/09/2009 12:18:27 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak dismissed talk of a revenge mission against Canberra on Sunday, instead setting his players a defensive task of keeping the dangerous green machine to two tries.

Henjak wouldn't buy into suggestions his players had a score to settle after being embarrassed by the Raiders in a 56-0 loss five weeks ago.

"It hasn't been mentioned by us," said Henjak after rating his team's final training session as the sharpest since they started their four-game charge triggered by the heavy loss to Canberra.

Despite efforts to suggest his players wanted redemption, Henjak said there was certainly no ill-feeling towards Canberra.

"They were the ones who probably turned our season around for us," he said on Saturday.

"That scoreline (56-0) and the performance they put on us that day embarrassed us and probably shocked us into turning this around.

"So we don't feel badly about them.

"Yeah, we do want to have a good win, we do want to have a good performance and carry some good momentum into the semi finals.

"But do we hate them or do we want to exact destruction of them?

"Nobody's really mentioned it (revenge).

"Hodgo (Justin Hodges) might have said that we were embarrassed and that we played like bums on that day but other than that it hasn't been an issue for us and we've moved on.

"The good thing about this club is we move on and we don't hold those demons for a long period of time.

"The young players in this side certainly don't need that type of baggage so close to the finals."

Henjak said the Broncos had been playing semi-finals football for the last two weeks.

"Certainly the last two games (St George Illawarra and North Queensland) they've been semi-final type games played that intensity and that sort of defence," he said.

"Canberra are a very good attacking side and if we can limit them to two tries I'd be happy."

He wasn't surprised by Parramatta's heavy loss to the Dragons after they'd won seven straight.

"They'd been up for a long time and were probably due for a poor performance while St George were a little bit like us," he said.

"After South Sydney they were a little bit embarrassed the week before and wanted to turn things around with time running out for them."

Canberra have hinted they will make several changes for the match but Henjak said he would not change his tactics.

Raiders coach David Furner has already signalled his intention to deploy giant forward Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, who made his Origin debut for NSW this year, out wide to combat Brisbane star Israel Folau.

"I haven't finalised our side yet but I might put Tommy on Folau and do what the Broncos did so effectively with Dave Taylor against the Dragons," said Furner.

"Tom is certainly athletic enough and has the speed."

Henjak said he heard speculation of Learoyd-Lahrs playing wide and back-rower Joel Thompson into the centre.

"We're prepared for any of that and they still have to deal with what we throw at them."

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