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Broncos Test prop Shane Webcke appears likely to delay his return from a calf injury after missing the team?s second last training session ahead of Saturday?s clash with the New Zealand Warriors at Ericcson Stadium.
Webcke had targeted this weekend?s match for a return after straining his calf muscle late in Brisbane?s win over the Newcastle Knights. However, the injury has not responded to treatment as well as first hoped and it seems almost certain the veteran front-rower will make his comeback in next week?s blockbuster clash against the Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium.
Webcke?s place in the starting side will likely go to either Carl Webb or Brad Meyers, who plays his 100th game for the Broncos this weekend.
Meyers began his career in a blaze of glory in 2001, storming onto the scene as Gorden Tallis? replacement, following the club skipper?s season-ending neck injury early that year.
After winning selection in both the Queensland and Australian sides that year, Meyers was part of the Kangaroo Tour of Britain at the end of the season leaving many touting him as the game?s next star big man.
Injury and indifferent form saw his standing in the game slide in 2002 and 2003, but the man they call ?Big Red? has been a consistent contributor for coach Wayne Bennett this season and is keen to continue his good form against the enormous Warriors forwards.
"I'm really enjoying my football again this year," said the 107kg flame-haired forward.
"I think I got myself into too much of a rut, I worried about too much stuff and I wasn't enjoying it as much.
Meyers said he and the rest of Brisbane?s forwards needed to ?step up? in Webcke?s absence against a side which has physically dominated them in recent seasons.
While the Warriors are languishing near the bottom of ladder, the Broncos are acutely aware of the how dangerous the flamboyant Kiwi side can be on any given day.
In the corresponding match in the Warriors took the honours both on the scoreboard and in the physical clashes, with Webcke knocked out, Brent Tate injured and Casey McGuire sporting two black eyes from a run-in with Awen Guttenbiel and Monty Betham.
"They're big boys and they love to play big and physical and they will lift for this game," said Myers said of the Warriors.