Jordan Kahu has put the blender back in the kitchen cupboard after regaining full confidence in his jaw, with the Broncos centre outlining how he spent six weeks not eating any solids in a long recovery from a bad break.
Kahu broke his jaw in Brisbane's round two clash with North Queensland and did not see action in the Telstra Premiership again until round 12 after his return was postponed by a training mishap.
Now the Kiwi international is back in the centres and back on the solids after acquainting himself with the delicacies of blended food for six weeks.
"I had lots of smoothies and mashed everything. I could eat but just not solid food," he said.
"I was having five or six smoothies a day and jamming as much in [the blender] as I could.
"I tried a few different things in the blender and found things didn't taste the same, but once I got used to the process and what I needed to eat I was fine. I lost six or seven kilos in the first six days which was pretty weird… but I knew once I got back [to training] I'd put it all back."
At one stage Kahu said he put steak in the blender to get some nutrients into his system.
"I tried that and it was rubbish. It was a big mistake," he grinned.
In his first contact session at training after breaking his jaw Kahu went to make a tackle on a teammate and received another knock on the injury which kept him out of the side for another month.
"They had to take a tooth and the plate out and that seemed to fix the problem. I only had my wisdom teeth taken out which were going to come out anyway," he said.
"I had six weeks off eating [solids] and six weeks of training hard and to get that hiccup along the way was probably the toughest, just knowing I was going to miss another three or four weeks.
"I have got a good support base behind me and I am a pretty chilled out guy so when those things happen I just roll with the punches.
"I have had my fair share of injuries and I know what it takes for me to get back in the squad and perform, and I think I have done that."
Kahu said he would take on the Warriors at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday with confidence in his jaw on the rise.
"I think the first couple of weeks I was a bit stand-offish but the last couple of games I have really found my feet and embraced contact, which I was a bit afraid of at the start," he said.
"In my first game back I got a good test on it straight away. I got tackled by [Mitchell] Moses in my first carry and that was probably a good thing for my confidence getting that early in the game knowing my jaw would be fine."
The Warriors have faded to eighth position on the ladder but Kahu said they always lifted for Brisbane.
"I don't think you get the Warriors at a good time ever," he said.
"Whenever they come to Brissie they've got a good support base and the Warriors v Broncos tradition is that it is always a good game and they always turn it on for us."
The Broncos put in a complete performance in last week's 34-0 win over the Titans last week and Kahu said confidence at the club was sky high.
"I think we've been building for that for a long time," he said.
"We've had a lot of injuries and we hadn't been able to maintain the same starting team that we'd like to, but we've managed that the last month and the young boys that are coming in have all got a bit of experience now and all fit in pretty easily. They deserve a big rap.
"It is exciting times for us as a team going forward knowing that if we do get those injuries we have got the players to fill those roles."
Match: Broncos v Warriors
Round 18 -
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
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