Brisbane captain Darren Lockyer believes that the New Zealand Warriors will offer the Broncos a big test when they meet at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
The Broncos defeated the Warriors 21-20 in a tense encounter just five weeks ago, with only a late Peter Wallace field goal able to separate the teams.
Yesterday the experienced Lockyer said he is readying himself from another close encounter.
“I was only a month ago we played the Warriors at home and late in the game we had to kick a field goal to win,” he said.
“I remember walking off the field that night thinking they’re a real good team.
“We’re here again and it makes for a big match.”
An injection of youth has revitalised the Broncos after a disappointing 2010, and Lockyer believe they have been the major difference in the side’s form.
“Last year was a bit of a re-building year for the club and blooding all those youngsters,” he said.
“They’ve been a lot more consistent this year, and given the overall picture for us, it’s been a more consistent year.
“Thrown in the half a dozen Origin players and we’ve got a good mix.”
Lockyer has also enjoyed working with new coach Anthony Griffin, who was thrown into the job just prior to the start of the season.
“He’s been fantastic,” Lockyer said of Griffin.
“He worked a lot with those young guys in the 20s, so he’s got a bit of experience with them.
“He’s done a fantastic job and I’ve really enjoyed working with him.”