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Henjak backs Broncos to cope with Ennis

By Steve Jancetic 22/04/2010 05:09:04 PM Comments (0)

Coach Ivan Henjak is confident he has enough experience in his forward pack to protect rookie props Dunamis Lui and Mitchell Dodds from being "suckered" by Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis on Friday night.

Ennis, who has a knack of getting under players' skin and upsetting their game with his trash talk, came to blows with Broncos forward Corey Parker last year after the former teammates exchanged words.

Lui and Dodds, who are playing only their second NRL game together as starting props, can expect to have Ennis in their ear all night.

But Henjak said he wasn't concerned they may react to anything the Bulldogs' hooker baits them with and give away penalties.

"It'll be good fun for them, I'm not too concerned about that," said Henjak.

"We've got a few experienced guys like Corey (Parker) and Sam (Thaiday) in the ruck this week and I'm sure the young blokes know what to expect."

Reminded of the flare-up between Ennis and Parker last year, Henjak fired: "I don't think Corey will take a backward step.

"I think Corey is looking forward to catching up with his old mate."

Henjak was more worried about the damage Ennis could do with the football than with his mouth.

"They play most of their footy through the ruck with Ennis driving the car," he said after Brisbane wrapped up preparations on Thursday morning.

"He's been very dangerous and they play a lot off the back of what he creates.

"Once he creates a bit of space, (Brett) Kimmorley, (Ben) Roberts, (Luke) Patton, (Jamal) Idris and (Josh) Morris, those guys come into play."

All eyes will be on Brisbane halfback Ben Hunt who takes over the No.7 jumper from the injured Peter Wallace (knee).

Hunt, who recently signed a new two year contract, has been keen to get another crack at halfback following his torrid debut against Cronulla last year when Brisbane's representative players were on Origin duty.

"Ben is quite comfortable where he sits in the club and that he has a future here with us," said Henjak.

"This is a chance for him to put some games in the bank for when he does become a regular player."

Henjak said Hunt had done a good job as a back-up hooker and was also able to play five-eighth.

"Right now we need him to play halfback and we'll make a decision about his best position when the time comes," he said.

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