MELBOURNE Storm centre Will Chambers has labelled talk of Brisbane being the “underdog” for Friday night’s preliminary final showdown as “crazy”.
Storm will got into the crunch clash as overwhelming favourites, but Chambers, 29, said the high-scoring Broncos would be a handful at AAMI Park.
Broncos fullback Darius Boyd (hamstring) is set to return but the visitors could be without big-bodied winger Corey Oates (concussion), Sam Thaiday and Jai Arrow following separate head knocks.
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Oates, who only trained lightly in Brisbane, had to be stretchered from the field after a sickening collision with Anthony Milford last Friday night against Penrith.
“People start calling them the underdogs, well that’s crazy,” Chambers said.
“They’ve played finals footy the last couple of years as well. They might not be at home, but it will be an ever par.
“They’ve got a class team, if we don’t turn up and defend well and make sure we play well for 80 minutes they’re a team that can put a lot of points on you very fast.”
The Broncos have scored 20 points or more in eight of the past 10 games.
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Chambers said Broncos coach Wayne Bennett would his team primed for the preliminary final despite the gruelling seven-point win over the Panthers.
“He’ll have them bubbling and jumping out of their skins to play,” Chambers said. “They’re going to be up for it, they’ll make sure that they come down (here) 100 per cent.”
Storm remains at full strength for the sudden death final bar some bumps and bruises.
Chambers had a finger heavily strapped on Monday, while leading tryscorer Suliasi Vunivalu trained away from the main group.
Billy Slater had his right knee heavily strapped as a precaution following a knock in the qualifying final.
Cameron Munster and Josh Addo-Carr were busy in the lively morning session at Gosch’s Paddock.
Chambers, who is set play his 15th NRL final, said the mood around the club had not changed despite Storm playing its cutthroat game since the NRL grand final last year.
“Not really, it’s not really a cutthroat game,” Chambers said.
“It’s a prelim final, it doesn’t make anything different, obviously it’s going to be tougher, it’s going to be faster and it’s going to be an 80-minute game.
“We just got to make sure that we turn up with the right attitude and make sure that we’re doing our jobs.
“If you don’t turn up this weekend she’s all over you know, when it’s all said and done.”