Broncos consider Boyd gamble

12 September 2017 20:13:35 GMTPlus10

Coach Wayne Bennett faces a tough decision over whether to play Darius Boyd in Brisbane's semi-final against the Panthers.

Boyd's hamstring problem kept him out of last weekend's 24-22 qualifying final defeat to Sydney Roosters.

Now Bennett has to decide whether to risk bringing him back for the meeting with the Panthers at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.

Fullback Boyd missed most of Monday's training session and only joined in at the end to undertake some light activities, stretching out his left hamstring in fielding grubber kicks and gentle bombs.

The Broncos changed their minds about who would replace him against the Roosters. They originally named Kodi Nikorima in the No.1 jersey but on game day David Mead was promoted from the bench to start with Nikorima coming on in the 20th minute.

Speaking of Boyd, Mead said: "Obviously he's training pretty hard and doing as much as he can to get back this week.

"After the game [Bennett] said he was happy with the way I ran out there and that was the only chat we had about football after the game."

Jordan Kahu, who would be one option to start at fullback against Penrith if Boyd's not risked, said coach Bennett faced a tough decision.

"It's a hard thing. If we win this game and he does play and he gets hurt we'll miss him for the rest of the year but we'll see how he goes," added Kahu.

"Obviously he's a crucial player in our team and he's our team captain."

Brisbane are 1.42 to beat the Panthers, who are 3.00. The Broncos are 1.93 conceding a 7.5-points start.