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Wayne Bennett says he'll remove Brisbane five-eighth Darren Lockyer from the defensive firing line if he has to this NRL season.
Lockyer missed 11 tackles against North Queensland last weekend, raising further concerns the Australian captain is being targeted by forwards continually running at him. Bennett says Lockyer is staying where he is for now but if the problem persists he'll have the courage to return him to his former position at fullback.
Brisbane takes on Cronulla tomorrow with Bennett looking for his players to turn around their abysmal completion and handling rates from the 36-4 first-round loss to the Cowboys. Centre Justin Hodges has withdrawn with a side strain with utility Casey McGuire shifting from lock into the backline.