Queensland Maroon and Brisbane Broncos enforcer Josh McGuire will not change his bruising style of play, saying it is how he has approached his football since he was a kid.
The Broncos face the Parramatta Eels on Thursday night and it is sure to be a fiery encounter if the last meeting between the two sides is anything to go by.
It was just four weeks ago when Brisbane travelled to ANZ Stadium to face the Eels, and tempers flared both on and off the field as niggling tactics crept into the match.
Eel Kenny Edwards lit the first fire, dropping his shoulder into a defenceless Jonus Pearson as he lay motionless on the ground, before Bronco Adam Blair tried to take out Michael Jennings late, only to accidently hit teammate Andrew McCullough – ending the Brisbane hooker's season.
In the days after the match Jennings was vocal, voicing his disapproval of Blair's "dirty play" and also calling out McGuire for appearing to stomp on Parramatta captain Tim Mannah's leg.
It sets up an explosive confrontation on Thursday at Suncorp Stadium and McGuire is ready for another tough match-up.
"It's always a tough game when we play them. I'm expecting the same thing again," McGuire said.
"I'll play the same footy as I did when I was a kid. The coach wants me to go out there and do my job so I'll go out and do it. I just enjoy playing footy.
"The Eels are a very classy team that is knocking on the door of the top four so it will be a tough encounter."