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For the first time this season Brisbane will field the same 17 players two games in succession.
Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has named an unchanged line-up from last Sunday?s impressive win over the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium for this Friday night's clash with the Sydney Roosters at Aussie Stadium.
Star centre Brent Tate believes the squad is becoming much more settled after several positional and personnel changes in the off-season.
"The team really seemed to click in the second half on Sunday and that?s a really positive sign heading into a match against the Roosters,? he said.
?Last week we just started moving the ball better in the backline, which is something we haven?t done for a little while. Our forwards give us a great platform more often than not and now our halves are working and our backline is more settled the results are starting to show.?
Coach Wayne Bennett agreed with his young charge commenting that Brisbane?s second forty minutes against the Storm was the best performance since the team relocated to Suncorp Stadium midway through last season.
"I mentioned to the guys I thought our effort against Melbourne was the first time the Broncos had played at Suncorp," Bennett said after the win.
"We played some really good football, particularly in the second half and we haven't played like that in quite a while, at least since we've been back here anyway."
The match will take on even greater significance for stars Darren Lockyer and Dane Carlaw, who play their 200th and 100th games for the club, respectively.
Lockyer however, is far more concerned with continuing Brisbane's improvement against the competition benchmark.
"I only found out from a few guys in the office the other day that it was my 200th," he said.
"It has come around pretty quickly I suppose and it is certainly an honour to have represented this organisation for so long.
Round Five V: Sydney Roosters VENUE: Aussie Stadium DATE: Friday April 9, 2004 TIME: 7.30 pm COACH: Wayne Bennett
TEAM: 1: Karmichael Hunt 2: Michael DeVere 3: Brent Tate 4: Shaun Berrigan 5: Stuart Kelly 6: Darren Lockyer 7: Brett Seymour 8: Shane Webcke 9: Barry Berrigan 10: Petero Civoniceva 11: Gorden Tallis (c) 12: Dane Carlaw 13: Tonie Carroll
INTERCHANGE: 14: Corey Parker 15: Brad Meyers 16: Craig Frawley 17: Casey McGuire