General Lockyer.


Brisbane will give skipper Darren Lockyer another week off and could even back themselves to beat Canberra in the final round without him to secure an NRL finals berth.

Lockyer travelled to Caloundra with the team today and will run tomorrow and Wednesday but is not expected to make the trip across the Tasman for Brisbane's crucial showdown with the Warriors.

"In his head, he wants to play," Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak said from the team's Sunshine Coast base.

"(But)... it would hurt him and it would hurt the team if he is not right.

"I've told Darren I don't want him to play if he isn't right. I haven't put any pressure on him to play, and I won't.

"We have to prepare for that (Lockyer not playing) against the Warriors and the Raiders.

"There's been suggestions we can't win without him ... we don't believe that and we won't be taking any risks with him until we're convinced it won't jeopardise his health."

Brisbane can drop Friday night's game to the seventh-placed Warriors and still make their 19th successive finals if they beat a fast-finishing Raiders in the 26th and final round of the minor premiership.

Corey Norman will fill Lockyer's spot again on Friday night with utility Matt Gillett cleared on Monday of a lifting charge by the NRL's match review committee.

Gillett was penalised and placed on report for a lifting tackle on Newcastle reserve Richard Fa'aoso in the 51st minute of the 44-18 loss.

Henjak, who was miffed by several refereeing decisions in the heavy loss to the Knights, denied he'd pulled young winger Jharal Yow Yeh from the field in the second half because he was unhappy with his effort.

Knights giant Cooper Vuna scored four tries on Yow Yeh's side, the last one off a freakish banana kick from five-eighth Jarrod Mullen that cleared his fingers tips and curled into Vuna's hands.

"I took Jharal off because he was shattered," said Henjak.

"He was having a tough night at the office and I could see it was getting to him."

Young hooker Andrew McCullough, who turned in a first-half blinder against the Knights, said Lockyer hadn't indicated to the players what his chances were of making a comeback against the Warriors.

"He's a pretty quiet sort of a bloke, I'm not too sure what he is thinking, he keeps things close to his chest," said McCullough.

"He'll see how the week goes, he knows his own body better than anyone else."

There's no doubt a win without Lockyer would help the players' confidence and self belief more than just get the critics off their back but McCullough said his absence against the Knights was not the issue.

"They (Newcastle) put 44 points on us and that's got nothing to do with Locky, it's our attitude towards defence," he said.

"We got through the Origin period where we played some really good footy against some quality teams," said McCullough.

"If we start thinking about Locky not being there too much, we're going to be in trouble.

Brisbane will fly to Auckland on Wednesday and stage a final training session at Auckland Grammar school on Thursday.

Here's hoping. Would help our chances tenfold.


Technology is getting ridiculous. I remember the day I could text or email someone a msg.


I'd put money down that Lockyer plays. Unless Brisbane plan to go 'all in' on defeating Canberra in the last round, which is risky as Canberra are in red hot form.


This game reminds me of the Friday night 2008 vs Roosters.

It also reminds me of the Eels in 2007.

The pre-game feeling...that is.


I want Lockyer to play so someone can put a shot on him, so they play one man down in the second half. He'll wear a protective vest over the injury, so Ben Matulino will have a challenge getting through that.


I want Lockyer to play so someone can put a shot on him, so they play one man down in the second half. He'll wear a protective vest over the injury, so Ben Matulino will have a challenge getting through that.

I'm sure he would happily oblige as well. :hungry:


Lockyer's opinion on his ribs here.

DARREN Lockyer today tells Broncos TV that resting his rib injury is his only plan of attack as he pins his hopes on being ready sooner rather than later.

Lockyer will not play against the Warriors in Auckland on Friday and will need a good recuperation to be ready for the Broncos game against Canberra at Suncorp Stadium the following Friday.

“They are just not ready,” he told Broncos TV.

“I trained with the boys yesterday (Monday) and got through half the session but I made the decision that this week I am just not up to it.”

Lockyer said there was only one plan of attack.

“Basically rest – the more you stir them up the longer they will take to heal,” he said.

“I just have to take it easy and let nature takes its course.”

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