Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Broncos forward Josh McGuire says pack must fire up after admitting they ... - Herald Sun

Josh McGuire

Josh McGuire says the Broncos forwards lacked intensity against Manly.

BRONCOS prop Josh McGuire admits Brisbane's forward pack lacked aggression against Manly last Friday and played as individuals as the team capitulated in the second half.

Manly's unheralded pack outpointed the Broncos.

The Sea Eagles' starting team featured Justin Horo in the second-row and Brenton Lawrence at prop, a player who struggled to get a start at the Titans last season.

Yet they ran for 200m more than the Broncos forwards, as Manly rolled through the home team in the second half, providing halves Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans with a perfect platform.

Brisbane skipper Sam Thaiday described the Broncos players as being soft on each other in terms of owning up to their own performances.

McGuire was the best-performed Broncos prop and led the game in hit-ups but the 23-year-old was still harsh on his own performance.

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"Us forwards were all right in patches but we lacked a bit of hunger and aggression at times when we needed it," he said.

"In round 2 we need to play as a pack not individuals.

"We need to play as a group instead of one out.

"We went into round 1 without the right mentality and Manly dusted us."

The Broncos face St George Illawarra, another team to lose in round 1, at WIN Stadium on Friday night.

St George Illawarra have an imposing front-row featuring regular Blues props Mick Weyman and Trent Merrin.


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