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Broncos determined to weather Storm

By Wayne Heming 03/05/2010 06:30:07 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane have no intention of being the main entertainment for Storm fans when Melbourne christen their new 30,000-seat AAMI Stadium on Sunday.

Salary cap cheats Melbourne have rival teams running scared after belting the Warriors and North Queensland with a cavalier style of football brought about by having the shackles taken off by coach Craig Bellamy.

While they can't win any premiership points as part of their punishment for rorting the cap, the Storm want to vent their anger by blowing teams off the park.

"I've heard they're going to wipe the floor with us," said Henjak when asked how it felt to be the next NRL side in the path of the angry Storm.

"They're opening up their new stadium so are we just going to be the whipping boys and the entertainment for the day?

"It's like Christians being thrown to the lions.

"Is that the entertainment we're going to provide - or are we going to stand up and fight back?"

Henjak isn't surprised Melbourne are playing a brand of football that some onlookers are tipping will still win them more games than any other NRL team.

"They have a real strength of character which has been born into over a lot of years," said Henjak.

"Their coaches and their leaders in the field demand that standard and they've got some good foot soldiers who just follow."

But Henjak believes some of the fun can be knocked out of Melbourne with the right tactics.

"There's only one way to stop that," he said on Monday.

"It's not a real lot of fun when you're getting banged all the time, when you're getting whacked and there's people in your face and they're relentless with you.

"If you do that, I don't know how much fun they'll have.

"But you have to be able to do it and do it for a long period of time and then see how much resolve they've got.

"I'm not saying it won't be there.

"But if you don't test them, they will be having fun and they probably will wipe the floor with you."

Brisbane could take on Melbourne with up to six starting players on the sidelines with centre Israel Folau (corked thigh) and winger Denan Kemp (ribs) to have fitness tests later in the week.

Critics have written Brisbane's finals hopes off following another loss to Newcastle at the weekend.

"We've just got to wear those comments for now, we probably deserve what we're getting at the moment in terms of criticism," said Henjak.

"We'll have six of our starting side out and if we lose a couple of our rep players (Darren Lockyer and Sam Thaiday from the Test), it'll be more.

"We have to take the result out of it and have a red-hot crack and try and win a few battles we've been losing.

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