Jack Reed's back and ready to demolish Sam Tomkins

BRONCOS centre Jack Reed might be a friend of Warriors star Sam Tomkins, but nothing, including his return from shoulder surgery, will hold him back from putting a big hit on his England teammate.

The two teams will lock horns in Dunedin this Sunday, the game being Brisbane's final trial match before the 2014 season begins, away to the Bulldogs on March 7.

Fullback Tomkins excelled at last weekend's Auckland Nines tournament, helping New Zealand reach the semi-final stage, while the Broncos went one better and made the final.

Sunday's game will be Tomkins's only trial before the Warriors open their season away to the Eels on March 9.

"Sammy's a mate of mine. You saw him over there in the Nines, he's an elusive bloke," Reed said.

"So if I get a hold of him I'll try to rough him up a bit, but getting hold of him is going to be the problem."

Reed said the Broncos have also been roughed up during pre-season training under the direction of new performance boss Alex Corvo.

That means Reed is confident his shoulder will hold up for this game, after off-season surgery, and his return to the football paddock for Norths in the Queensland Cup last weekend.

"As you could tell in the Nines we were turning up for each other and going flat out, so it's a good thing with Corvs being here," Reed said.

"Hopefully we can turn up again this weekend and show what we've got."

Both the Warriors and Broncos won't be short on star power, with Tomkins to be joined by New Zealand captain Simon Mannering and the Nines' MVP, half Shaun Johnson.

"Obviously we want to win. Our trial form over the last few years hasn't been at its best, and coming off the Nines tour, to get a good win before round one is going to be massive for us," Reed said.

"At the moment Shaun Johnson is a bit of a standard for a half. His footwork's pretty elusive and he's strong too.

"We've got some young fellas biting at the bit and Ben Hunt's been really strong for us there (in the halves)."

Reed said despite more recent speculation Josh Hoffman could leave the Broncos to join the Bulldogs, with the custodian reportedly disgruntled he is unlikely to play in the No.1 this year, he hadn't picked up on any negative vibes.

"Hoffy's one of those blokes who's always having a laugh and has a great attitude, so I'm not too sure on his stance. I'd love to see him here as long as possible," Reed said.

"He seems happy here. He's one of those players you can slot in anywhere."

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