Broncos warned not to be Thurston's dummies

IT IS as irresistible as an ice cold beer on a steamy Queensland summer's day, but Broncos players have been warned not to fall for Johnathan Thurston's famous "show and go" dummy that have made suckers of opposition players for a decade.

Thurston started throwing his sucker passes as a skinny little kid playing for Sunnybank juniors in Brisbane.

Now he makes some of the world's best rugby league players look foolish, even though they've watched him do it time after time and know what's coming.

Half of Thurston's 85 career tries have come off the back of his ability to deceive the opposition. He did it again in the first round against Canberra, selling the last line of defence one his trademark dummies to complete a classy 60m tap-and-go try in the first half which turned the match for the Cowboys.

Broncos and Kangaroos forward Sam Thaiday, born in north Queensland but overlooked by Cowboys talent scouts, said, in his eyes, Thurston was, "the best player in the world, he has been for the last few years".

"He showed his class on the weekend and he's already in such great form. You have to compete with him for as long as he keeps showing up which we did against the Bulldogs," Thaiday said.

Brisbane has an outstanding forward pack that includes representative players Corey Parker, Matt Gillett, Alex Glen and Ben Hannant, not to mention Thaiday.

But the former captain pointed out the Cowboys boasted Australia's starting props Matt Scott and James Tamou, as well as rising star Jason Taumalolo who belted out more than 200m as a back-rower against Canberra and played the full 80 minutes.

"They've got the two Australian front-rowers who are a couple of the best forwards in our game, and I'm sure Jonno (Thurston) will enjoy rolling off the back of Matty and James," Thaiday said. "They've also got a few big rigs out wide in Tariq Sims and Taumalolo so we'll have our hands full defensively."

Asked his opinion of the strapping 191cm, 110kg Taumalolo, the 28 year-old veteran of 20 Origins and 23 Tests simply said: "Wow".

"He's got pace, he can run a great line and he is 100-something kilos. He's a very rare breed who is going to be a fantastic player for many years."