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Veteran Rogers raving about Broncos

By Wayne Heming 11/09/2009 12:03:22 PM Comments (0)

Listen to Mat Rogers rave about Brisbane's strike power and it's hard to imagine the Titans beating them in Saturday night's NRL qualifying final at Skilled Park.

"They're back to their best, back to full strength ..... look out," warned Rogers, the Titan's dual international who's battling a career-first hamstring injury.

Rogers runs through the Broncos side like he is their coach.

"Dave Taylor, he's the biggest centre running around," he says of the multi-skilled front-rower who's terrorised defenders on the flanks in recent weeks.

"Even without him (Taylor) out there, their centres - Hodges and Folau - are dangerous enough.

"They've got speed on the wings, they've got a great pair of halves and Corey Parker, he's enjoying the best year he's had since he started.

"Then you've got Nick Kenny who is back in form after an injury and Tonie Carroll who is my age, who's going alright.

"They'll be tough to beat."

Veteran Rogers, though, has been around long enough in his football career to know the team that plays the best on the day is not necessarily the one that looks the best on paper.

He's won games he should have lost and lost games he should have won.

Last week against premiers Manly when the Titans needed to lift a notch or two ahead of the finals, he was one of the players guilty of making early errors that put them on the back foot early.

Even someone with his experienced fell into the trap of having one eye on the following week's finals.

"I felt great, mentally felt great, physically felt great," Rogers told AAP.

"I'm not concerned by it and I don't think the club is concerned by it.

"I made a few little errors that probably got compounded by the team .... that's footy.

"I'm glad we got it out of our system.

"Sub-consciously we were probably thinking about this Saturday night (final) which was the wrong thing to do.

"It's hard not to when you haven't played in semis and it's just around the corner."

Comments by Titans co-captain Luke Bailey that he had been "soft" and was ready to fire up physically on Saturday night put a smile on Rogers's face.

"I'll never bag a forward because I play in the backs and what they do week in and week out, I shake my head," said Rogers.

"If Bull (Bailey) thinks he's been soft, mate I'm looking forward to seeing him go hard I tell you.

"We all have to aim up on Saturday night or we will find ourselves on the end of another belting and possibly out of the finals."

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