BACK IN FORM: Anthony Milford of the Broncos in action.
BACK IN FORM: Anthony Milford of the Broncos in action. GLENN HUNT

Broncos not playing finals footy yet: Bennett

MASTER coach Wayne Bennett says Brisbane has yet to move into finals mode despite the dog fight for top eight places and a tough closing against Canterbury, Melbourne and a dangerous Roosters leading into the money end of the season.

And the seven-time premiership-winning coach doesn't go along with the theory that teams that finish outside the top four can't win the grand final.

Brisbane trained away from prying media eyes yesterday with a closed session at Suncorp Stadium at the request of the players.

It meant the media didn't get to see if star No.6 Anthony Milford (pictured), who quit training early on Monday, ran at the session; although the coach said his money man was good to go against the Bulldogs.

"He (Milford) is playing, he's right,” said Bennett.

"The players wanted a change of venue and we just decided to go to Suncorp, we haven't trained there all year, there was no more to it than that.”

Bennett said the club had three tough games to negotiate before the finals.

"In our case, I think it's probably what we need. Last year we had some pretty tough games towards the end of the season and it didn't hurt us,” he said.

This time last year Brisbane went down 12-10 to the Roosters in round 24, thrashed South Sydney 47-12 in round 25 and lost 15-8 to Melbourne in round 26.

"I don't feel for us we're playing finals football yet,” said Bennett.

"We just need to pick up our act and we've started to do that and we need to continue to do that tonight to build more momentum.

"Finals are finals and fixtures are fixtures.”

Bennett said Brisbane hadn't talked about trying to finish fourth.

"Our focus is on playing well tonight and for the next two games and if we do that, who knows what we can do?”

Asked if he believed the grand final could be one from outside the top four he said: "Of course it's possible”.

"You get an advantage obviously finishing top four but you can still win if you are playing well.”

Bennett has recalled experienced utility Jordan Kahu at the expense of boom teenage winger Jonus Pearson, who grabbed two tries on debut last weekend against Parramatta.

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