McGuire: Taukeiaho not a surprise package

07 September 2017 21:05:08 GMTPlus10

The Broncos are well prepared to counter the threat of Sio Siua Taukeiaho in Friday's clash with Sydney Roosters - so says Josh McGuire.

The Brisbane lock forward has declared he and his teammates are set up to nullify Taukeiaho's threat at Allianz Stadium.

It's Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Dylan Napa who are more often cited as the dangers in the Roosters side, while Taukeiaho is largely unheralded.

But he showed in the Round 21 win over North Queensland that he can make a big impact - the 25-year-old racked up an astonishing 183 metres, a try and six tackle busts in just 29 minutes in the second term alone.

"He's not unheralded up here," said McGuire. "If you ask any player, every player talks him up and how good of a player he is.

"We know how quality he is and how much of a good football player he brings to their team.

"We don't under-rate any of their players. You've got to play at the highest standard to play in the NRL and he's an international as well and we know the quality football he can play."

Adam Blair will captain the Broncos in Darius Boyd's absence as the teams meet for the third time this year with the ledger even so far.

The Roosters are set to be at full-strength, with Daniel Tupou tipped to return from a groin injury on the left wing.

He hasn't played since Round 22 and would boost the Tricolours, who finished two points above Brisbane on the ladder.

The former NSW Blues winger has been in good form this year, averaging close to 150 metres per game while he's also crossed for 11 tries in 19 games.

Tupou has been named on an extended bench but is expected to line up on Friday in place of youngster Joseph Manu.

Brisbane are 7/5 to beat the Roosters, who are 3/5. The Broncos are 1/1 with a four-point start.

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