With Lockyer and Thaiday not playing, and Josh Hoffman being the oldest player at 23 in the Broncos back-line, Lockyer knows that experience is needed in the back-line, to get them back on track.
“The last few weeks we haven’t had as much experience on the field as we had the first seven rounds,” noted Lockyer, who felt fresh after being rested following his State of Origin game last week.
“I guess part of my role and Sammy’s role is to see that talk and that intensity, that we lacked in the second half against Manly, is part of our game on Friday night.”
Despite his return to the side also, Lockyer says that not too much should be expected from Josh Hoffman, as he has only just returned from injury.
“It’s good to have Hoffy back, he’s had a long lay-off,” said Lockyer, the day after Hoffman revealed his injury was actually a broken leg, not a corked shin.
“I don’t think we should be putting too much pressure on him to perform to his best this weekend.”
Lockyer knows that Brisbane have not played as well as they can, but they plan to rectify that.
“People say defence is attitude and while our attitude has been OK it hasn’t been great,” he said.
“We’re a half a metre off at the moment and there’s been a big focus this week, that we find that half a metre and get back to being strong defensively.”
“We’re confident if we bring the right attitude and intensity (on Friday) we’ll be competitive,” Lockyer said.