SHINING LIGHT: Adam Blair of the Broncos is tackled during the round 19 NRL match between South Sydney and Brisbane at ANZ Stadium.
SHINING LIGHT: Adam Blair of the Broncos is tackled during the round 19 NRL match between South Sydney and Brisbane at ANZ Stadium. CRAIG GOLDING

Defence the best form of attack for Broncos

KIWI enforcer Adam Blair believes the Brisbane Broncos must find their hard defensive edge leading into the NRL finals if they are to get another crack at a premiership title.

The no-nonsense prop has been one of Brisbane’s shining lights during a damaging State of Origin spell, in which the club has slumped from first to fourth, with several of its players picked for the brutal interstate series.

Blair has no doubt the Broncos can go toe-to-toe with any side in scoring points, and if they can get their defensive structure right he believes the attack will flow naturally.

Having got back to a semblance of form last weekend in comprehensively beating South Sydney for a much-needed win, the Broncos have been sharp in training this week with plenty of talk and energy ahead of Friday night’s home clash against Penrith.

“Over the past 18 months our defence has been the key,” Blair said.

“We know we can score points and we know we’ve got the players who can score tries.

“If we can sort out our defence that will obviously take us a long way.”

With Cronulla and Melbourne locking up the top two spots at the moment, Brisbane (24 points) is engaged in a battle with defending premier North Queensland and Canterbury (both on 26 points) and Canberra (25 points) for a top-four spot, which offers the vital home-ground advantage.

“It hasn’t been spoken about but I think everyone knows how important it is to finish in the top four of this comp,” Blair said.

“We’re building steps to where we want to be and last week (against Souths) was an example of that and how we want to play.”

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