Broncos full strength for Rabbitohs rematch
Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough believes there will be no hard feelings when his side takes on South Sydney at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, despite the controversial fashion in which the Broncos claimed victory in their Round 8 clash earlier this year.
Wayne Bennett's men won that match 25-24, having a number of contentious decisions go their way to help seal a thrilling win.
Trailing 24-18 with 10 minutes to go, Broncos centre Tautau Moga scored after it appeared play had already stopped, with five-eighth Anthony Milford being held up in-goal before the ball popped out the back to Moga who picked it up and crashed over for a four-pointer.
The Bunker ruled it to be a try, but referees boss Tony Archer spoke after the match to declare the decision incorrect, saying the tackle on Milford was complete before the ball came free and therefore it should not have been awarded.
Questions were then asked about Milford's 78th minute match-winning field goal, with it appearing the Queensland representative had knocked on in the lead up.
It left South Sydney coach Michael Maguire confused and emotional after the match.
Seven weeks on, the Rabbitohs have only won one match since the fiery clash and McCullough says this should be the biggest concern for Maguire's men.
"They'll obviously want to play well. They've moved on from that [loss to us]," McCullough said.
"They've had some other issues and some other tough losses that I'm sure they'd rather address than any controversial calls [that happened against us].
"We've lost two in a row so regardless of what's happened in the past we just want to go out and perform at our best."
The Broncos have lost to both the New Zealand Warriors and Sydney Roosters in consecutive weeks, but will be confident of turning it around with a full-strength side set to run out on Friday night.
It is a rare luxury for Bennett during the State of Origin period and there will be no bigger inclusion than 22-year-old Milford.
Milford missed last week's loss to the Roosters due to a concussion he suffered playing for Queensland in Game One, but he has passed all fitness tests and will play after training well on Tuesday.
It means he and New Zealand international Kodi Nikorima (shoulder) will both return, bolstering Brisbane's attack in the process.
"[Anthony makes] a lot of difference. His job is to simply run the football and have some creativity with the ball," McCullough said of Milford's return from Maroons duty.
"He takes a lot of pressure off some other boys in the team, but that's like any key player in any side. The way he plays won't change.
"He's picked up certain aspects of his game that he thought he could work on. That's what happens when you surround yourself with quality players [at Origin level].
"He's done a good job over the last three weeks and the break on the weekend has helped him."