JOSH McGuire is expecting another bruising encounter against the Eels as he prepares to lock horns with the players who labelled his tactics “dirty”.
The Broncos will host the Eels at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday in what is shaping up to be a spiteful affair following their high octane encounter four weeks ago.
McGuire was slammed by Eels players following the ANZ Stadium clash — which the Eels won 28-14 — after he stood on the ankle of captain Tim Mannah.
Parramatta was not without fault, with chief antagonist Kenny Edwards getting under the skin of Broncos players for his ugly shot on Brisbane winger Jonus Pearson.
McGuire, 27, has gained a reputation over the past few years for tiptoeing along a fine line in games at both NRL and State of Origin level.
He said he was preparing for another torrid test from a Parramatta side pushing for the top four.
“The same thing again,” he said when asked what he was expecting.
“I’ll play the same way I’ve played footy since I was a kid.
“The coach wants me to go out there and do my job so I will go and do it.
“We’re in a good position this year. I want to make sure we stay in that position.”
The Broncos muscled up in last Friday’s 24-12 win against the Dragons with McGuire and Matt Gillett providing sting in the forwards battle.
The loss to the Eels highlighted problems with Brisbane’s defensive attitude and stand-in hooker Sam Thaiday said they wanted to continue their recent form.
“You need a bit of aggression out there,” he said.
“We’ll have to make sure we defend a lot better (than last time). We have defended a lot better over the last few weeks. We’ve only leaked 22 points.”
McGuire has produced a strong season stepping into the No. 13 jersey vacated by retired Corey Parker.
He is a contender for the Dally M lock-of-the-year honours and said he relished the move from the front row.
“Everyone is really doing their job in the middle of the park. Everyone has a pretty unique role in the team with what to bring,” he said.
“Everyone is really enthusiastic about owning their job.
“It’s no secret that defence wins games and we needed to be better. Our attitude towards defence has been good the last three weeks.
“We’ve got a tough opposition this week. We know we’ve got to be on our game. They’ve got a lot of points in them.”