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Norman to be targeted by NZ Warriors

By Wayne Heming 26/08/2010 05:20:43 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane will discover a lot about fill-in five-eighth Corey Norman with the youngster expected to be heavily targeted by the Warriors in Friday night's high stakes NRL clash.

The 18 year-old may yet be required to stand in for injured skipper Darren Lockyer (rib cartilage) in next weekend's final NRL round against Canberra which could determine whether or not Brisbane contest their 19th successive finals.

Norman is still only 18 but Brisbane have a big opinion of the Beenleigh junior who has spent the majority of the year in the club's under-20 team despite a stunning start to 2010 in the first grade fullback jersey.

Most of Brisbane's backline is young but it's believed the Warriors will zero in on Norman to test his nerve in front of hostile Auckland crowd.

Broncos coach Ivan Henjak said there wasn't a lot Brisbane could do if the Warriors tried to bash Norman out of the game.

"We've got a number of young guys in the team they could test out," said Henjak.

"Corey is alright, he's 92 kilos, he's not small.

"They might do it, but what are we going to do about it.

"He's picked there and he's going to play there and we'll go with him."

The match, expected to be played at near finals intensity, should teach Henjak a fair amount about the ability of youngsters like Norman in handling the extra levels of pressure.

"We all have to go up another level, if we've got another level," Henjak, who has urged his players to go hard at every contest after some poor efforts to field bombs against Newcastle last week, said.

Several times Brisbane players stood and let the ball bounce, a dangerous gamble which Henjak wants stopped.

"They lost their confidence a bit as the game wore on," he said.

"It hasn't been a big issue with us but they were like rabbits in headlights.

"Hopefully they've learnt a lesson and they'll attack the ball with purpose.

"We've talked about going hard into every contest because that's what the game right now demands with everyone fighting for positions."

Warriors coach Ivan Cleary has rushed winger Kevin Locke back from a hamstring injury but will be without defensive machine Michael Luck (gashed leg).

"He (Locke) has had a few niggling injuries and he's got those right, so he certainly looks like he's in a good frame of mind."

Cleary conceded the decision to play Locke was tough call on Bill Tupou, who has played well in Locke's absence, but he noted Locke was a potential match winner.

"He's certainly got that ability to do something special.

Henjak said Brisbane winger Jharal Yow Yeh had shown no scars from having four tries put on him last weekend by Newcastle winger Cooper Vuna.

"I hope there is a quiet determination about him," said Henjak when asked what he was expecting from Yow Yeh up against Warriors bulldozer Manu Vatuvei.

"We won't know until we get out there but he hasn't been down in the dumps or kicking cans all weeks."

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