Corey Oates knows the sight of a backflipping Blake Ferguson will be bad news for Brisbane when they collide in the NRL.

The pair of hulking, running fingers will oppose each other when Parramatta hosts the Broncos on Saturday and in the form of Oates knowing their struggle could prove crucial.

Ferguson, who has added a wild, on-the-run backflip to his trial-scoring celebrations, was among NRL's form fingers earlier this season.

But he has cooled along with Parramatta form with an inconsistent Brisbane now level on points and can jump eels into the top eight with a win at Bankwest Stadium.

Back after a rest after Queensland's origins, Oates wins the challenge.

"He's always a big competitor we've been against each other in a fair couple of years now, and it's always a good blow," said Oates about Ferguson.

"It's always one I'm looking forward to, and he's a big part of their game, taking lots of hard berries and making the big games."

Brisbane made three hard wins before Queensland's Origin victory, only to lose to the Gold Coast on Sunday.

"We can't be happy with the three wins," Oates said.

"We can look back and say that we can play hard footy and compete at the highest level and run with the best teams.

"But we have made it difficult for ourselves for the rest of the year … we have to kneel down."



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