St George Illawarra Dragons prop Dunamis Lui is expecting the unexpected against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval on Monday.
The Toa Samoa international, capped four times for his country, notes that he and his teammates need to be on guard against an injury-stricken opposition who will be lively in front of their home crowd.
The Brisbane Brothers junior has additionally welcomed competition for positions within the team, increased by the arrival of second-rower Tariq Sims, and notes he wants to build on his inclusion in the 30-18 win over the Newcastle Knights last round.
“It was good to get the win and I think overall the team played well including Benji Marshall who had a blinder,” said Lui.
“I would love to be able to play every game myself but I know I need to keep working hard and when those chances come that I’m ready.
“We have massive depth here at the Club and everyone needs to work hard and challenge one another for those spots.
“I played with Tariq a few years ago during our time together at the Brisbane Broncos and spoke to him a few weeks ago prior to him signing so it’s good to have him here early.
“We aren’t taking the Sea Eagles lightly as anything can happen in this competition.
“They’re a good team who unfortunately are overcoming several injuries to their squad at the moment but there’s no denying they’ll turn up on home ground at Brookvale Oval.
“We know that’ll come into it so we need to work hard in training this week and prepare for what gets thrown at us.”