Kearney concerned Bennett drama will spark Broncos
Stephen Kearney and his former mentor Wayne Bennett are seeing how the other half live in 2018.
In contrast to previous seasons, Kearney has been inundated with praise following the Warriors' unbeaten start to the year, while Bennett has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons after Brisbane's 2-3 start to the Telstra Premiership and his verbal battle with Knights coach Nathan Brown.
Even though the Broncos are 10 rungs below the Warriors on the ladder, Kearney is preparing for a bounce-back from Brisbane in Auckland on Saturday night.
Kearney believes the Broncos will not only respond from their 15-10 loss to Newcastle with an improved performance but possibly their best of the year, citing Bennett as the main reason.
"What I do know is Wayne will have them prepared," he said.
"I thought they performed pretty well last week against the Knights without a great deal of luck. From an attitude point of view I know he will have them coming here with real commitment and determination so we are expecting their best game of footy and we will prepare as such.
"They're a football club that's always going to turn up ready to play and expect nothing less from them this week."
Five-eighth Blake Green is adamant the Warriors will have to be "even better than last week" if they are to extend their winning streak to six - something the club hasn't achieved since 2002, a year in which the Daniel Anderson-coached side made the grand final.
"They're a great club and they have shown over a number of years when they face a bit of adversity they always respond with a big performance so we have to be ready for that," Green said.
"There are lots of areas we still want to improve on, we are certainly not the finished product we would like to be at the moment, so we will continue to work hard."
While Green and Shaun Johnson have been earning rave reviews for their efforts in the opening five rounds, the same can't be said about the Brisbane halves.
Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima have not found their groove this season, but Green felt it was a matter of when, not if, that combination starts to fire.
"They are both outstanding individuals those two and it's always easy for people to criticise when the results aren't going your way. But they are quality players, sharp, fast on their feet so we are going to have to be on our game defensively to shut that down."