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Kenny sticks up for Broncos' pack

By Wayne Heming 25/03/2010 08:37:39 PM Comments (0)

Senior prop Nick Kenny has given his inexperienced front-rowers a vote of confidence amid continued talk of Test star Petero Civoniceva returning to the Broncos fold next year.

Brisbane's forward muscle - regularly questioned since losing the likes of Shane Webcke, Brad Thorn, Ben Hannant and Civoniceva - will be tested for the third straight week by a powerful Warriors pack at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

"Petero's an inspirational player who helped me tremendously when I was coming through," Kenny said.

"But we're pretty happy with how we're positioned at the moment.

"Scotty Anderson has been making good metres the last few weeks and he's got a good work rate and young (Mitchell) Dodds is a fine prospect.

"I'm not going to sit here and say we need players that we don't have at the moment.

"We can do the job with the team we've got, so we'll just keep working with what we've got and if we're playing our best footy we're going to go well against any team."

Bulldog Hannant has also been linked to a return to the Broncos but the club has denied any interest.

He is expected to discuss his future with Gold Coast Titans chief executive Michael Searle on Friday after informing the Bulldogs he wants to return home to be with his family midway through his three year contract.

Kenny meanwhile is tipping apprentice electrician and rookie prop Dodds to provide the early spark through some big hits on the physical Warriors.

"He's a good tough kid with a good work ethic," said Kenny.

"He plays it hard and that's what we need at the moment, guys who will put in, go hard."

Dodds could inflict some early pain if unleashed on the Warriors with his kamikaze-like defence.

"He plays like that every week, it doesn't matter who he plays," Kenny said.

"There's some big Kiwi boys with some big frames and a bigger target for him to go after.

"Hopefully he'll rip and tear."

Kenny is confident another rookie, Queensland Cup graduate Matt Gillett, will also aim up in his first starting game as Corey Parker's back row replacement.

"I was pleasantly surprised, particularly by his debut, he looked like he belonged right from the start," said Kenny who has now played 59 NRL games.

"You'd think he might be a little bit overwhelmed and daunted by playing in round one not having had any experience at that level, but he just looked right at home.

"He's got footwork as well as ball skills and he can set play up."

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