Isaako planning redemption against Panthers
Jamayne Isaako will work overtime this week with a former Brisbane Lions AFL star as he looks to move on from a rare poor game.
The 22-year-old has been the Broncos most consistent back this year, but was disappointed with several errors he made in the 26-6 loss to the Warriors on Sunday afternoon at Suncorp Stadium.
Isaako has devoted countless hours fine-tuning his goal kicking on his days off.
This week will be spent under the high ball after he was filthy with himself for a knock-on after he failed to field a Warriors down-field kick on the full.
Stephen Kearney's men scored through Gerard Beale not long afterwards.
Former Brisbane Lions defender Daniel Merrett works with the Brisbane playmakers on their kicking in general play and with the backs on taking high balls.
Isaako will pick his brain and that of a former Broncos legend as he aims to respond against the Panthers on Friday night.
"The mistakes I made on the field I will be working on at training, so obviously I will be practising trying to catch the ball on the full this week," Isaako told NRL.com.
"I have been practising with Mick De Vere and Saucey [Merrett], who used to play with the Brisbane Lions.
"He comes in on our captain’s runs and has been really good this year giving me tips and pointers on catching the ball on our goal line. It is something that needs more work. I probably also need to practise getting back and returning the ball harder out of yardage too.”
Isaako said his game against the Warriors was uncharacteristic but said he was determined to respond in the way he knew best.
"It was a bit of a terrible game for me personally with a couple of mistakes early," he said.
"That is not what I am used to doing and I hope to bounce back against Penrith and be better.
"You are going to make mistakes, but it is how you bounce back that is what matters most.”
The Broncos will be sweating on the availability of Tevita Pangai jnr (hamstring)and James Roberts (Achilles) for Friday night’s clash.
Back-rower Jaydn Su’A won't play, possibly for the rest of the season, after scans on Monday revealed he had broken his ankle.
Corey Oates said he was open to a switch from wing to back-row if coach Wayne Bennett wants to go down that path.
"If that is what he needs me to do, I’ll put my hand up to go in there,” he said.
"We need to fix a few other things up first. I’m pretty confident we can put in a good performance on Friday and we’ll be working hard to make that happen.”