Sam Thaiday set to be unleashed on Sydney City Roosters
COACH Wayne Bennett is set to suspend Sam Thaiday's new super-sub role to thrust him into the early forward fireworks against an aggressive Roosters pack boosted by the return of enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
Five weeks and four straight wins after being shown the light by defending premier South Sydney in a first-round flogging, Bennett believes his Broncos are now in touch with what is required to be a top side. But he concedes the Roosters will give them an even better idea of just how far they have got to go.
Bennett dropped Thaiday (pictured) to the bench after an undisciplined performance against Souths - a decision which copped criticism given Thaiday's standing in the game as a starting forward for the both Queensland and Australia.
Thaiday has publicly said he likes the role, that it allows him to get on the field when some of the heat has gone out of the game and that Bennett was happy for him to play wider and use the ball more.
But given the size and power of the Roosters pack and the fact Kiwi Test forward Adam Blair is still being trouble by a deep cork injury, Thaiday seems likely to get a call up to the starting pack.
Bennett was coy about his line-up when asked if Thaiday would start from the bench against the powerful Roosters who have some big hitters in their side, including Sam Moa and Dylan Napa.
"You'll have to wait until the team comes out tomorrow night. I'll sleep on it," Bennett said yesterday. "There's always a chance he can start."
There was no sign of Blair, or hamstring casualties Justin Hodges and Jordan Kahu at training following speculation they could be late additions to Bennett's squad.