Ex-Cowboy ready to face former teammates

Tautau Moga will play against his old team.
Tautau Moga will play against his old team. DAVE HUNT

THE Broncos are poised to unleash a 103kg beast on the Cowboys with Tautau Moga primed to wreak havoc against his former club in Friday night's NRL Queensland derby.

Moga came through Brisbane's captain's run unscathed on Thursday after failing to finish training last Sunday following a suspected heart scare.

Broncos medicos ruled out a serious condition, putting it down to illness and stress, and Moga showed no ill effects during the captain's run.

Big-name recruit Benji Marshall ran with the main group on Thursday but Broncos coach Wayne Bennett confirmed he would play for feeder-club Redcliffe this weekend.

"He will play this weekend but he won't play NRL. He will play for Redcliffe," Bennett said.

"He can't make the squad at the moment. We are going with the same bench as last week."

Moga endured a nightmare stint at the Cowboys, playing just seven games in two years after consecutive knee reconstructions, but is relishing his off-season lifeline at Red Hill.

The 23-year-old was impressive in his Broncos debut against Cronulla last week and has a point to prove against a Cowboys club that relegated him to the Intrust Super Cup last season.

Broncos teammate Josh McGuire failed to train on Tuesday with a minor injury but the Maroons hardman ran with the squad on Thursday, after signing a four-year contract extension on Wednesday.

Topics:  benji marshall broncos cowboys nrl2017 wayne bennett

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