McGuire, Broncos teammate come to blows

NRL finals tensions have boiled over at Red Hill with Brisbane teammates Josh McGuire and Salesi Funaki coming to blows at training on Tuesday.

The incident was sparked by an overzealous tackle from McGuire on Funaki, a reserve-grader who has spent the year playing in the Queensland Cup for Wynnum-Manly.

McGuire had to be dragged away by teammates while other second-string Broncos, including Herman Ese’ese, tried to calm Funaki down.

It came in the middle of an intense session as Brisbane ramps up preparations for Friday night’s clash with North Queensland in Townsville, a rematch of last year’s grand final.

McGuire said afterwards there was no bad blood between the pair, describing the scuffle as a sign of how seriously the Broncos take their training.

“I turned my back on that and just walked away,” he said.

“Things do get heated at training, that’s what it’s all about.

“They’re all good now.

“That’s the way Moosey plays, he trains the way he plays.

“It does get a bit firey out there and people react different.”

The Broncos will head north after their final training session of the week on Thursday.

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