Bronco Blair wary of visiting Rabbitohs
NEW Zealand Test forward Adam Blair made his debut for Brisbane last year against South Sydney at Suncorp Stadium and still hasn't forgotten the 36-6 towelling the Rabbitohs dished out in front of 36,000 fans.
It was part of a tough month for the Kiwi enforcer, who, after making an NRL all-time low one hit-up against Cronulla the following week, was depicted dressed in a bear suit with the accompanying headline "Teddy Blair".
Blair said he would not be seeking any revenge or payback against the Rabbitohs at Suncorp on Friday night, but admitted his heavy debut loss was still fresh in his memory.
"It's not about settling a score, but yeah, I do remember that game, it was my first game at Suncorp Stadium for the Brisbane Broncos," said Blair, who finished 2015 as one of the club's best forwards.
"I remember it was a pretty disappointing way to start life with the Broncos, but everyone knows what Souths can do.
"Right now they're not playing as good as they want to be but we know they will be dirty on themselves and come up here ready to prove a point to everyone.
"We will need a massive performance from everyone."
Blair said the battle would start in the middle where Brisbane had been very good so far this year.
A lot of pressure will be on Englishman Sam Burgess to unsettle Brisbane's rhythm and get Souths' pack rolling.
"I haven't seen a lot of his games but he seems to be doing his job," said Blair, who will be one of the players charged with stopping the dual international's progress.
"He may still be having issues with his neck, which is to be expected and may take a while because he is probably a little wary of it.
"They're a great side all around with international forwards and we know they will be fired up."
Back-rower Alex Glenn was a casualty from training, receiving physio after copping some stray knees to his hip in Brisbane 53-0 demolition of Newcastle last weekend.
Blair said everyone was feeling for his New Zealand teammate Roger Tuivasa- Sheck, who ruptured his ACL at the weekend, ending his 2016 season prematurely.
"I've sent him a message and a few other boys have as well," he said.
"It's disappointing for New Zealand, disappointing for the Warriors but crushing for Roger.
"He's a good kid and I'm sure he will do everything right to get back next year.
"You never know what's going to happen so you have to just go out and enjoy the moment when you play."