Tough run home no problem for Broncos: Wallace

Broncos halfback, Peter Wallace, will be this week’s special guest on NRL.com as we count down to Sunday’s blockbuster clash against the St George-Illawarra Dragons.

Join us from 11:00am AEST (1:00pm NZ) this Thursday, July 29 when Peter Wallace provides an insight into the Broncos camp, including the fall out from Monday’s tight loss against the Roosters, and how the club plans to reverse their fortunes this Sunday.

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Frustrated by a shocking run of injuries, Brisbane halfback Peter Wallace is hoping to finally put his woes behind him as the Broncos prepare for a harrowing run into the finals over the coming weeks.

Last Monday night’s 34-30 loss to the Sydney Roosters saw the Broncos drop out of the top eight on points differential and their task doesn’t get any easier this Sunday when they host competition front-runners St George Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium.

They are also facing some injury concerns with in-form back-rower Ben Te’o breaking his foot and Wallace battling an elbow problem that has plagued him for the past six weeks.

But the Brisbane playmaker, whose 2009 season was cut short by an ankle injury suffered in a semi-final win over the Dragons, said he was on the mend and confident of playing a key role in the Broncos’ finals charge.

“It’s been a frustrating 12 months but hopefully it’s all behind me now and I can start to string a few games together,” Wallace told NRL.com.

“There was a while there where I seemed to pick up an injury every few weeks. I had that injury last year that carried over into the pre-season and into the comp this year, then we started to hit a bit of form against Cronulla… and I did my knee.

“All I want to do is spend a bit of time on the field. But things are looking up, I think.”

It was reported ahead of last week’s loss to the Roosters that Wallace was playing with a badly injured elbow that prevented him straightening his left arm, but the Broncos’ no.7 said the problem had been over-stated.

“It’s all sweet,” he said. “I’m not sure why that was written.

“The injury happened a month-and-a-half ago but it’s coming pretty good now – I’ll just need to have it looked at when the season is over.

“It’s not causing me any trouble at all.”

Brisbane’s finals prospects will become much clearer over the coming month, with tough games against the Dragons, Parramatta and the Warriors.

Despite their incredible second-half fightback against the Roosters to almost win a game in which they trailed 28-6 at one stage, Wallace said the Broncos still had a long way to go if they planned to cause a stir at the business end of the season.

“It was disappointing and I think we were lucky to get back into the game in the first place,” he said. “We probably didn’t deserve to win anyway.

“They totally dominated the game in the first half. They played with a lot of energy and they were totally on top of us.

“But I think we can learn a lot from that game too – the level we need to play at and what areas we need to work on.

“We’ve still got work to do… but you never know come September.”

Asked about Brisbane’s tough run home, Wallace said he expected the big games to serve the side well.

“I don’t think it’s a bad thing,” he said. “You want to be playing your best footy heading into the finals and the only way to do that is to play the top teams.

“To be honest, the past month has been pretty good. Monday night was a bit of a letdown but we can’t lose any confidence out of that. We’ve got to keep working hard.

“We’re just outside the eight at the moment but that’s what it’s like – you lose a game you’re out of the eight… you win a game, you’re in.

“We’ve just got to make sure we win more than we lose.”

Wallace also admitted that he was salivating at the prospect of playing alongside Greg Inglis next season and had been keenly following Brisbane’s pursuit of the Melbourne Storm star.

“It would be pretty handy, wouldn’t it?” he said. “I’m not sure what the latest is there but hopefully we can get him over the line!

“Having him and Justin Hodges as our centres would be pretty good, I reckon.”