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Kahu wings in for Broncos

The Brisbane Broncos are set to pull a selection surprise for Sunday's must-win NRL clash against St George Illawarra with the likely return of luckless winger Jordan Kahu.
Kahu wings in for Broncos
by AAP

By Jim Morton

BRISBANE, Aug 10 AAP - The Brisbane Broncos are set to pull a selection surprise for Sunday's must-win NRL clash against St George Illawarra with the likely return of luckless winger Jordan Kahu.

Kahu only trained briefly on the right wing at Red Hill on Saturday morning but the Broncos are preparing to swing him into the starting backline for a massive assignment against Brett Morris at Suncorp Stadium.

Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin indicated the injury-plagued three-quarter would be rushed straight back in for Lachlan Maranta if he gains a medical clearance from his hand injury.

There were suspicions that Under-20s winger Jordan Drew could be a bigger shock selection after training for the bulk of the session beside Justin Hodges.

But Griffin bluntly ruled out the chances of the unheralded Drew lining up opposite Test flyer Morris.

"Jordie Kahu with his hand looks like he'll get a clearance so we're just going to decide what to do otherwise we'll go 1-17 (including Maranta)," the coach said.

"Kahu has done a great job for us until he broke his hand.

"Lachy has been doing a job for us for a long time but Jordie's ready a bit earlier than what we thought he would be."

The highly-rated 22-year-old has been sidelined for the past four weeks after being injured against Cronulla, which followed a broken thumb five weeks before.

Until then it appeared he'd overcome his injury dramas after fighting his way back from two knee reconstructions in two years.

The Broncos are braced for what's coming at them from the other end of the field with Griffin rating the Dragons' "exceptional" back three of Morris, Josh Dugan and Jason Nightingale among the best in the NRL.

While Brisbane need to win all five of their remaining matches to sneak into the play-offs, the Saints are already out of finals contention.

But Griffin said he feared what they could deliver.

"They've been rattling everyone," he said. "They beat Souths and they had Canterbury under the pump last week with 20 to go.

"They've got that back three and then they've got people like (Ben) Creagh and (Trent) Merrin in the middle who are Origin and Test players.

"I fear the whole side and the strike they have got."

The Broncos have looked far more dangerous in the past fortnight after promoting Ben Hunt to halfback for Peter Wallace and giving Hodges a roving commission in attack.

But Griffin wants more from Hunt than what he's displayed in starring hands against the Cowboys and Newcastle.

"I thought against the Cowboys he did 40 minutes and last week (against the Knights) he did 60 minutes," he said. "We need 80 minutes out of him.

"He's a more direct player and probably a bit more of an individual player, and that's his challenge: learning how to run teams for 80 minutes."




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