Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Slammin' Sam Must Be Stopped; 'Coast Dragon' Praises Form of Big Bronco

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Slammin' Sam Must Be Stopped; 'Coast Dragon' Praises Form of Big Bronco

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Byline: ANTHONY BRAND

NRL: Former Coast junior Jake Marketo says his Dragons must stop Sam Thaiday if they are to topple the high-flying Broncos in tonight's NRL blockbuster.

Thaiday has been a huge contributor in recent weeks after being publicly denounced by coach Wayne Bennett and having his contract talks put on hold.

The off-contract Queensland and Australian representative played a starring role in last week's 28-24 golden point win over the Roosters, highlighted by a fierce battle with opposing prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

"I watched the game against the Roosters last week and him and Hargreaves went at it and he held his own, that's for sure," Marketo said.

"He's in good form and earned his spot back in the side after coming off the bench in the first couple of matches, but their whole forward pack is dangerous and in top form so we are going to have to be on our game if we are to match it with them."

Marketo has come off the bench in the past four matches for the Dragons after starting the season as 18th man. …

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