The Broncos have recalled Jack Reed and Daniel Vidot to their backline for their NRL clash with Manly.
Dumped for a drinking binge a fortnight ago, Jack Reed and Daniel Vidot can “repay” the Brisbane Broncos by helping end the NRL’s best home streak on Friday night.
Reed has been picked out of position on the right wing while Vidot will also have a huge job on the right flank against Manly at Brookvale Oval.
Broncos coach Anthony Griffin has surprised by dumping both Jordan Kahu and Lachlan Maranta, and keeping the in-form Dale Copley in Reed’s regular position at left centre.
The English international will have to contend with the explosive Jorge Taufua, who has scored nine tries in 10 matches, while Vidot will mark the equally dangerous Peta Hiku.
Griffin stressed the pair had responded well since being stood down for a big night out and backed the consistent Reed’s experience and Vidot’s firepower against the competition pace-setters.
“I just thought we needed Jack in our team,” he said. “His attitude has been great since that issue he had but we wanted to get all our experience out there.
“They’ve done exactly what I wanted them to do. Vidot has been very good with his attitude and he’s got a chance to repay the team now.”
It will be a big ask right across the paddock for a Brisbane team who have lost four of their past five matches to drop to eighth on the ladder.
Branded a “s***hole” this week by journeyman forward Todd Lowrie, Brookvale Oval has hosted nine straight Sea Eagles’ victories since a one-point loss to Melbourne in round one.
Griffin denied his players were rattled by the venue and pointed to wins at old-school suburban grounds at Campbelltown and Wollongong as proof.
“Brookvale is just another ground we have to play at,” he said. “I love those grounds.
“I know commercially they will eventually get weeded out but they have a great atmosphere.”
Although Brisbane have won only four of the past 13 meetings between the clubs, they did thump an under-strength Sea Eagles outfit 36-10 on June 1.
Daly Cherry-Evans, along with Anthony Watmough and Jamie Lyons, have since returned to present a intriguing playmaking duel with Ben Hunt.
Hunt was overshadowed by the Storm halfback Cooper Cronk in last week’s 30-8 thumping.
“He just has to get back to doing what he was doing three or four weeks ago and being very solid,” Griffin said.
“Their half’s one of the best halfs in the game as well and a lot of the game will come down who has the better game there.”