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Monday, 9 September 2019

'Lambs to the slaughter': Sterlo and Locky get stuck in


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The mind games have already begun ahead of finals footy and it appears no one is safe, not even NRL royalty Darren Lockyer.

Lockyer's Brisbane Broncos will travel to Bankwest Stadium on Sunday afternoon to do battle with the Parramatta Eels in the second elimination final.

A listless 30-14 shellacking at the hands of the Canterbury Bulldogs last Saturday however hasn't instilled Lockyer with the most confidence with their season hinging on the pivotal fixture.

"It was disappointing," Lockyer told Wide World of Sports' Sunday Wrap. "They struggle to find the energy away from home.

NRL Highlights: Bulldogs v Broncos - Round 25

"They've got it when they play and Suncorp, then they go away. For me that's a leadership piece. When you go away and you play in a hostile environment, and Bankwest is going to be very hostile, you want your senior players to be driving the energy.

"So, 30 points form the Bulldogs, they've struggled to score points all year, disappointing but Parramatta at Bankwest will be a very big ask for the Broncos."

Sensing blood in the water Parramatta Eels great Peter Sterling didn't miss a beat as he hilariously pounced on the Broncos legend's trepidation ahead of the trip down south.

"I've never heard a more nervous Darren Lockyer," He quipped.

Darren Lockyer and Peter Sterling

"You can hear the little waiver in his voice. He realizes that coming down to Bankwest, is like going up to Suncorp Stadium but in reverse this time.

"They're coming along like lambs to the slaughter."

One thing both veterans could agree on however was that if either of their sides were going to progress past week one of the finals, they needed to put their round 25 performances well behind them.

"The Eels were terrible second half this weekend," Sterling conceded.

NRL Highlights: Eels v Sea Eagles - Round 25

"They'll need to be a lot better than they were against manly. They got away to a great start but I thought the second 40 was diabolical in patches.

"If they reproduce that, Brisbane just might be a chance."

Lockyer identified the Eels' ability to offload the ball as the primary focus for Anthony Seibold, and the ever-present threat of Fijian Flyer Maika Sivo.

"Brisbane have got to stop the offloads, paramatta get a lot of offloads a lot of second phase and they've got to stop Sivo.

"He's the one who gave them a lot of momentum up at Suncorp Stadium three weeks ago."

The Eels do battle with the Broncos at 3:30pm on Sunday afternoon at Bankwest Stadium.

The mind games have already begun ahead of finals footy and it appears no one is safe, not even NRL royalty Darren Lockyer.

Lockyer's Brisbane Broncos will travel to Bankwest Stadium on Sunday afternoon to do battle with the Parramatta Eels in the second elimination final.

A listless 30-14 shellacking at the hands of the Canterbury Bulldogs last Saturday however hasn't instilled Lockyer with the most confidence with their season hinging on the pivotal fixture.

"It was disappointing," Lockyer told Wide World of Sports' Sunday Wrap. "They struggle to find the energy away from home.

NRL Highlights: Bulldogs v Broncos - Round 25

"They've got it when they play and Suncorp, then they go away. For me that's a leadership piece. When you go away and you play in a hostile environment, and Bankwest is going to be very hostile, you want your senior players to be driving the energy.

"So, 30 points form the Bulldogs, they've struggled to score points all year, disappointing but Parramatta at Bankwest will be a very big ask for the Broncos."

Sensing blood in the water Parramatta Eels great Peter Sterling didn't miss a beat as he hilariously pounced on the Broncos legend's trepidation ahead of the trip down south.

"I've never heard a more nervous Darren Lockyer," He quipped.

Darren Lockyer and Peter Sterling

"You can hear the little waiver in his voice. He realizes that coming down to Bankwest, is like going up to Suncorp Stadium but in reverse this time.

"They're coming along like lambs to the slaughter."

One thing both veterans could agree on however was that if either of their sides were going to progress past week one of the finals, they needed to put their round 25 performances well behind them.

"The Eels were terrible second half this weekend," Sterling conceded.

NRL Highlights: Eels v Sea Eagles - Round 25

"They'll need to be a lot better than they were against manly. They got away to a great start but I thought the second 40 was diabolical in patches.

"If they reproduce that, Brisbane just might be a chance."

Lockyer identified the Eels' ability to offload the ball as the primary focus for Anthony Seibold, and the ever-present threat of Fijian Flyer Maika Sivo.

"Brisbane have got to stop the offloads, paramatta get a lot of offloads a lot of second phase and they've got to stop Sivo.

"He's the one who gave them a lot of momentum up at Suncorp Stadium three weeks ago."

The Eels do battle with the Broncos at 3:30pm on Sunday afternoon at Bankwest Stadium.

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