With the possibility still remaining that QLD and Australian star Sam Thaiday may move to the front-row to partner Ben Hannant, Wallace says that the Broncos have power, skill and depth to go toe-to-toe with any other forward pack.
”I think it’s the best pack in the NRL. It’s not just big, it’s also very mobile with a lot of strikepower,” Wallace said.
”They’re not just bash and barge, they can pass and they’ve got some skill. We were probably a little light on [in the forwards] last year. With Benny [Ben Hannant] coming back and [Dane] Carlaw back, and all those young fellas like Mitchell Dodds and Josh McGuire a year older and wiser, we’ve got a lot of depth there.”
After carrying a shoulder injury through the final rounds of last year, Wallace underwent shoulder surgery, as he also believes that the Broncos back-line is just as strong.
”Having ‘Hodgy’ [centre Justin Hodges] back is like having another player too because he didn’t play at all last year,” he said.
”Young Dane Gagai was outstanding in the trial last week â€¦ we’ve got the speedsters to cash in on the work of our forwards.”
Despite Wallace being told to curb his defensive proficiency, the halfback says that he will continue to defend as he does, and as often as he does.
”I don’t mind tackling, it gets me into the game. I just do what I have to for the team,” he said.
”If I feel I’m out of gas at any stage, I’ll push out a little wider for a set or something but after a set or so I’m back into it. If tackles have to be made, you make them, I suppose.”