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Toovey refuses to discount Broncos

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Michael Chammas

Respect ... Manly coach Geoff Toovey feels the Broncos are dangerous.

Respect ... Manly coach Geoff Toovey feels the Broncos are dangerous. Photo: Getty Images

AT THE start of the season, Manly coach Geoff Toovey tipped Brisbane as one of the teams to beat and, despite the Broncos losing five on the trot, his opinion has not changed.

Toovey believes his side will feel the brunt of a Brisbane resurgence at Brookvale Oval tomorrow night, and he has refused to look at the form guide before his side's clash with the seventh-placed Broncos.

''They're a real quality side, and I tipped them at the start of the year to be the real danger side of the competition, and I still believe that,'' Toovey said. ''They've got a lot of great young talent, in particularly in their back row, with some experience in the side as well.

''Melbourne were in the same situation a month ago as well, and their form has been pretty good since. They've got quality players, and all you need is a bit of luck and the footy gods to smile on you, as they did with us against the Warriors when we had a bit of luck. Things have picked up since then.''

The Sea Eagles are still uncertain whether Jason King (shoulder), Anthony Watmough (knee) and Matt Ballin (calf) will play after suffering injuries in last weekend's win against the Knights.

Jamie Buhrer (concussion) is expected to be given the all-clear, but David Williams (knee) will miss the remainder of the season in what Toovey described as ''devastating for him and the club''. Ballin was put through his paces yesterday, and is likely to decide this afternoon on whether to take the field against the Broncos.

''It's getting there - I had a little run today and we'll probably wait until tomorrow to decide whether I'll be right for the game,'' Ballin said yesterday. ''I haven't really run flat out so tomorrow I'll run flat out, and if I'm not right I won't play. But if it feels good I will.''

Injuries and suspensions of key players have prevented the Sea Eagles building any sort of momentum during the season.

They have now won four consecutive matches, and Toovey is happy his side is starting to get into the groove at the business end of the season.

''We've played some good footy at the beginning of the year and at the end of the year,'' he said. ''We were a bit lost in the middle but I think we're coming good at the right time of year.

''It's an incredibly tight race for positions in that top-eight slot so it's important [to win this week]. It's not the be-all and end-all but it'd be great to finish in that top four, and to do that and take out all those other sides we need to win both games.''

The Broncos touched down in Sydney on Tuesday night, hoping a finals-style build-up would help end a horrific five weeks. Josh McGuire (eye) and Alex Glenn (hamstring) travelled with the team and are expected to play.

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