Thaiday ready for battle with Bulldogs
BRISBANE Broncos veteran Sam Thaiday will not change his aggressive style even though he could end up with more than he bargained for against the Bulldogs on Thursday night.
Thaiday said he needed to stay on the front foot against a Dogs pack which will be looking to show more bit after a humiliating 36-0 defeat to the Sea Eagles last week.
One of those forwards - David Klemmer - slapped Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans late in the big defeat as the frustration grew.
Thaiday joked he didn't want to suffer the same fate but said he would not be taking a backward step in the clash at ANZ Stadium.
"Hopefully I don't get slapped in the face," Thaiday laughed.
"But I will go down and play my style of footy which I have been playing since my first hit up in the NRL.
"That (aggression) might need to come out a little bit more against the Bulldogs because they are a tough physical pack.
"If we don't match them we will get our pants pulled down."
Brisbane's 13-12 win over Canberra last week took the pressure off coach Wayne Bennett and his team, which now has a 2-2 record.
But Thaiday said rather than helping the side this week, the Dogs' loss would make the game tougher.
"Manly didn't help us out at all," he said.
"The coach is under pressure but their players will be under pressure as well.
"They will be ready to play on Thursday night.
"We need to make sure we have our heads on against the Bulldogs otherwise it will be fairly embarrassing if we don't."
Thaiday said a loss against Canberra would have made the season a lot harder.
"Being 1-3, it's a long way back," he said.
"I think starting the year by playing the top four teams from last year is always hard.
"And having two close games against the Cowboys and Melbourne which we had a chance of winning (but lost) makes it hard as well.
"But I think we got through okay."