Broncos wary of Bulldogs challenge

THE Origin period is over and the Broncos have emerged from the taxing period in tremendous shape - they are on top of the NRL ladder with a 12-3 record.

But hooker Andrew McCullough warned there was still plenty of work to do, ahead of tonight's clash against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.

Canterbury's eighth place on the ladder is not fooling the Broncos - they are just one win behind the third-placed Roosters and they easily overpowered the Storm before their bye last round.

"Everyone has freshened up and is excited to be back at training this week," said McCullough as the Broncos trained minus their Origin stars, who will still back up against Canterbury.

"But we have a tough task against the Bulldogs this week.

"They are a big pack and a few of their blokes will be backing up after Origin as well."

McCullough said the Broncos were well aware it only took a couple of defeats to erase their good start to 2015.

"We have the Roosters, Souths and some other big teams ahead, but we will concentrate on the Bulldogs this week," he said.

"We really don't want to lose our position - we have worked hard for it."

Bulldogs coach Des Hasler admitted he would consider resting some of his Blues representatives after naming all five of them - Brett and Josh Morris, Trent Hodkinson, David Klemmer and Josh Jackson - in his squad of 17.

Brett Morris is still managing a hamstring complaint.

"He's one we've got to monitor, but all indications are he pulled up okay," Hasler said.

"It's an option (to rest them). We did it last time, so we'll look at it.

"It's a tight one; we're playing the Broncos which are in first position, and we're not in a precarious position, but a tight position (eighth place)."

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