Hunt on for No.7 with Broncos

BRISBANE Broncos halfback Ben Hunt admits he will carry some nerves into this weekend's Auckland Nines tournament.

With Peter Wallace and Scott Prince no longer at the club, the 23-year-old is now favoured to be Brisbane's starting No.7 this year.

It is a responsibility Hunt (pictured) has waited five years for, after impressing in the playmaker's role, particularly at the back end of last season when he was at times favoured ahead of Wallace.

But Hunt added new recruit Ben Barba would help him overcome any jitters about leading such a proud club around the paddock.

"He's a speed machine. The more we can give him the ball the better," Hunt said. "He's a good ball player. He's got a good kicking game, we haven't really seen much of it, but around training I've noticed it."

The Broncos have a tough draw in Auckland, with pool games against the Bulldogs, premiers the Roosters and the Eels.

Hunt knows there will be pressure for him to perform in this format, as he looks to secure the No.7 jumper.

"Leading such a big team, I'm a bit nervous about it. But the way I figured, Hook (Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin) has got me in there because he thinks I can do a job," Hunt said.

"If I go out there and play my own game and talk to the guys, like the leadership boys Sammy (Thaiday), Cozza (Corey Parker), all them, they'll really help me out as well."

Hunt joked that the Broncos would be sure to send their big players at Brad Fittler, with the 42-year-old legend coming out of retirement to play for the Roosters in this tournament.


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