Sailor seeks Broncos redemption as Latrell looms

Joel Gould |

Tristan Sailor is seeking an improved display for Brisbane against South Sydney.
Tristan Sailor is seeking an improved display for Brisbane against South Sydney.

Brisbane fullback Tristan Sailor was filthy with his display against Cronulla and has his sights set on redemption up against in-form South Sydney No.1 Latrell Mitchell.

Sailor made three errors in Saturday’s 22-12 NRL loss to the Sharks, with one dropped bomb leading directly to a try.

The 25-year-old has a tough gig where he fills in mostly when Reece Walsh is unavailable.

Sailor has played well for the Broncos but he was not happy with his unforced errors against the Sharks.

“I was very angry at myself because it was unforced and I usually pride myself on not doing that,” he said.

“I couldn’t put my finger on what it was, but all I can do now is spend the week working on that and getting back to my way of footy and being confident.

“I love taking opportunities and feel like this (Souths clash) is a good opportunity to do that against some great opposition.”

Mitchell is on the cusp of a NSW recall after starring against Gold Coast in a 46-12 win. The Broncos are wary of what he might unleash at Accor Stadium on Friday night.

Mitchell
The Broncos are wary of a highly-motivated Latrell Mitchell. (Dave Hunt/AAP PHOTOS)

“I think he’s very motivated to get that NSW jersey and with his form over the past couple of weeks, you see how Souths lift off the back of him,” Sailor said.

“We expect him to be in red-hot form again so we’re preparing as best we can for him.

“All we can do is stay in our systems and do all the right things individually and we should be able to stop them.”

The eighth-placed Broncos have lost their last two games and have been hot and cold throughout the year. Coach Kevin Walters has let his displeasure be known.

“Kev was really disappointed we didn’t nail our individual roles (against the Sharks) and that’s what we need to get back to,” Sailor said.

“When everyone is doing their role, the Broncos are a very dangerous team.”

Sailor was playing his first game last week after returning three weeks ahead of schedule from ankle surgery.

His availability was perfect timing with Walsh missing two games with concussion, including the trip to the Rabbitohs.

The Broncos suffered an injury blow at Tuesday’s training with winger Corey Oates leaving the field with a knee injury.

They will welcome back bench weapon Xavier Willison who missed last week’s match after his partner gave birth.

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