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Renouf reveals his tryscoring secret

By Wayne Heming 18/09/2009 12:16:46 PM Comments (0)

It's not quite as big as the Colonel's secret herbs and spices but, 10 years after retiring, Steve "The Pearl" Renouf has revealed the recipe for his record 142 tries for Brisbane.

"Learn how to run onto Darren Lockyer passes, that's the secret," said the fleet-footed Murgon speedster who scored 191 career tries for Brisbane, Wigan, Queensland and Australia, most off them from Lockyer passes.

Renouf has happily handed over his secret formula to giant young Broncos centre Israel Folau, who he believes is well on target to re-write his record of crossing 142 times in 182 appearance for Brisbane when he was rated one of the game's most potent strike players during the 1990s.

Renouf made an artform out of hitting holes at the same time as Lockyer's bullet passes arrived on his chest.

He did it in grand finals, in World Cup finals, Test matches and for Queensland, although he only scored two tries in 11 State of Origin games while crossing 10 times in nine Tests.

If St George Illawarra drag Brisbane into a grinding game at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night and keep the scores tight, Renouf would rather have Lockyer on his side in the clutch than any other player.

"If it comes to the final few minutes and it's 12-all and we're attacking, I know who I'd want to have the ball in his hands and that's one D Lockyer," he said.

"He's shown (it) time and time again and he'll just keep doing it."

Renouf said Brisbane would win if they repeated the clinical 80 minute performance from last month when they controlled the Dragons in their 12-2 win.

Lockyer gave fans a clinic that night.

"It was just an awesome performance," said Renouf.

"They need to repeat that to get on top of St George.

"I know they had some lapses in the second half last week but, if they look at the first 40 minutes, they tore the Titans apart with their attack.

"They have some work to do on a few things defensively where they went wrong but there were some typical Broncos tries in that first half and it was great to see."

Lockyer has plenty of targets to hit out wide with Folau, Justin Hodges - who is in doubt with a hamstring injury - and Karmichael Hunt, as well as menacing 115kg mobile prop Dave Taylor who loves to get out in the centres.

"He's just a machine," said Renouf of the South Sydney-bound Taylor.

"Personally it's disappointing he's going because I would really love to see the kid stay here."

Brisbane's players had no shortage of support when they trained on Friday with a host of former players watching the session, including Michael Hancock, Alan Cann, Gavin Allen, Andrew Gee, Mark Hohn, Darren Smith and Renouf.

The only worry, and it is a considerable one, is that Hodges failed to train.

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