Revamped Broncos defence ready for Sims

“Tariq is a real weapon for them on our right edge. He was outstanding in that semi-final performance no doubt,” Seibold said.

“We have made some changes to how we defend. We would like to think we are a lot more aggressive on the edges now.

“But it’s one thing looking at the video and making changes and then going out under the bright lights of Suncorp Stadium and doing it.

“We can’t just dip the toe in. We have to dive all the way in and that starts with our forward pack – they have a big job handling Tariq.”

Brisbane are buzzing from a Tevita Pangai-inspired 29-10 round-two win over North Queensland.

But Seibold was wary of the Dragons who are desperate for a result after starting the season with two losses.

“It’s a big challenge against the Dragons. They have had a successful time coming up to Brisbane in the past,” he said.

“We have a six-day turnaround so we have not had time to dwell on the Cowboys performance.

“We know what weapons the Dragons are going to bring.”

Seibold expected the Dragons’ much criticised new spine of Ben Hunt and Corey Norman in the halves and fullback Gareth Widdop to click – and again put the onus on his forwards to make sure it didn’t happen.

“They are the key ball players and we need to put them under pressure but unless we win the middle of the park they are going to have time and space,” he said.


* St George Illawarra won both games against Brisbane in 2018 by 22 points or more, including the 48-18 result which was the Broncos’ heaviest finals defeat at Suncorp Stadium

* The Dragons’ finals win was their first victory at Suncorp Stadium since 2004, snapping a 10-match losing streak

* The Dragons are trying to avoid losing their opening three games of the season for the first time since 2013 and for the third time in club history.

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