Rather than tone down his aggression, Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday reckons he may have to amp it up against a besieged Canterbury pack on Thursday night.
Thaiday was accused of being a dirty player for what critics described as a “dog act” on Melbourne’s Jesse Bromwich in their round-three NRL clash.
The Broncos forward was found guilty of contrary conduct and fined $2100 by the NRL judiciary last week for pulling on Bromwich’s strapped thumb.
Bromwich was returning from a compound dislocation of the thumb.
But Thaiday believed he would have to be at his aggressive best at ANZ Stadium against a Bulldogs pack reeling from last round’s 36-0 loss to Manly.
The cheeky Brisbane back-rower even tried to turn the focus on Canterbury forward David Klemmer, who slapped Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans in frustration late in the Sea Eagles’ romp.
“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 eased the pressure on under fire coach Wayne Bennett with last round’s 13-12 home win over Canberra.
However, the strain on off contract Bulldogs coach Des Hasler has only intensified after their last round thumping at the hands of Manly.
Thaiday said the entire Brisbane pack would need to lift against a fired up Dogs.
“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 Brisbane were breathing easy after moving to a 2-2 record.
“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 OK.”