Tallis says Broncos missing

Injured Brisbane captain Gorden Tallis has admitted what many league fans are suggesting, by conceding the Broncos are missing Darren Lockyer's strike power.

They haven't won in three outings since fullback Lockyer pulled out of the Test against New Zealand. Tallis, who injured his knee in that Test, discarded his brace today to begin light running.

The Broncos slipped to fifth on the NRL ladder with the loss to Penrith at the weekend and mathematically could miss the top eight if they lose their remaining games against the Tigers, Warriors, Parramatta and St George Illawarra.