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Broncos coach rules out late changes

For the second straight week Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin has backed Jordan Kahu to play but he insists this time the flyer really will run out onto Suncorp Stadium.
Broncos coach rules out late changes
by AAP

By Laine Clark

BRISBANE, Aug 15 AAP - For the second straight week Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin has backed Jordan Kahu to play but he insists this time the flyer really will run out onto Suncorp Stadium.

Instead of using Kahu last weekend, Griffin surprisingly blooded winger Jordan Drew in their 26-24 NRL win over St George Illawarra barely 24 hours after drawing the line through the teenage debutant's chances.

But Griffin appeared to rule out any more surprises for Friday night's must-win clash with Parramatta, insisting Kahu would finally return from a hand injury on the wing against the Eels.

"Jordan Kahu is right to go so it is all good this week," he said.

"There will be no late changes."

Kahu, 22, is due for some good news.

He finally returned in round four after two knee reconstructions in the last two years but has only managed eight games to date after breaking his thumb and then his hand.

"He's had a few injuries this year but nothing like what he has had in the past," Griffin said.

"But he's a good kid. Every time he has pulled on a jersey he has done a good job for us."

Kahu looks set to feature in another reshuffled backline following strike weapon Justin Hodges' season-ending Achilles injury.

Utility David Stagg has been asked to fill the big shoes left by Hodges in the centres but looks set to be rotated with skilful Queensland Origin backrower Matt Gillett.

However, Griffin conceded no one could really replace Hodges.

"It certainly changes us. It's like Souths with (Greg) Inglis," he said.

"But if we defend well we will get our chances. That's what we are looking to do tomorrow night."

His backline may chop and change but Griffin is adamant in-form Josh Hoffman will remain at fullback, appearing to end any chance Corey Norman has of returning for Brisbane before linking with the Eels next season.

"Josh Hoffman is doing a great job at fullback so we didn't want to move him out of there," he said.

The 11th-placed Brisbane need to win their final four games to remain in the top eight mix starting with the clash against wooden spoon fancies Parramatta.

But Griffin said: "Their position on the ladder doesn't matter at this time of the season.

"It's just another game where we have to be at our best."


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