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Broncos stars firing on all fronts: Hunt

By Wayne Heming 07/09/2009 01:23:40 PM Comments (0)

Departing fullback Karmichael Hunt has declared Brisbane's strike players "back and firing" heading into the club's tilt at a seventh NRL premiership.

After two months of torment in which they lost seven games - one by an embarrassing 56-0 - Brisbane have fine-tuned their defence and got their lethal attack flowing again with Peter Wallace, Darren Lockyer, Justin Hodges, Hunt and Israel Folau hitting their straps almost on cue.

Asked if the old firm of Lockyer, Hodges and Hunt was back, the young custodian declared: "Those strike players are firing, yes".

"It always nice to have them playing their best football at this time of the year to go along with our hard working forwards.

"That's what a side needs in the semis and we've got that."

Brisbane's classy backline has a new dimension, 115kg prop Dave Taylor, who like Hunt is leaving at the end of the season, now a permanent fixture out wide.

"Yeah, it's a pretty awesome sight seeing him fly down that left flank," Hunt said.

"If he can keep that good work up and complement Locky's game and Wal's game .... and Corey Parker's game was also unbelievable.

"A lot of players are in form and this is the time you want them to be in form.

"It's all good news for us."

Hunt will give Gold Coast fans a glimpse of the talent that's heading their way against the Titans on Saturday night but understands they may not like what they get.

Recently signed for a reported $3.3 million for three years by the incoming Gold Coast AFL side, he will do his utmost to sink the Titans' premiership hopes in front of a packed Skilled Park crowd.

The irony that the new AFL franchise recruited him to be their poster boy and that he could leave thousands of Gold Coasters cursing him was not lost on the 22-year-old.

"It will be interesting to see the way it's played out in the media this week and what sort of reception I may get throughout the week," Hunt said.

"In a year's time, it (Gold Coast) is my home, but this week it's enemy territory."

Hunt did not allow himself to get caught up emotionally in Sunday night's farewell from 35,000 fans with Brisbane still a chance of hosting a final game should they beat the Titans.

"It (a big-screen video tribute) was nice but it was a bit strange for me, normally players who have a lap of honour and video highlights are 30-years-old, a bit busted and can't play on," Hunt said.

"Maybe if we weren't playing next week I would have got a bit more emotional.

"It was a nice night to go along with a good win.

"We could be back here in two weeks time but we have to re-focus and worry about next week before we can think about having another going away party up here."

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