He's a player who bases a lot of his game around aggression but young forward Keegan Hipgrave had to make some subtle changes to his approach last weekend.

Throughout the start of 2018, the Nerang junior has been used mainly as an impact player off the bench, but last weekend was his first opportunity to start a match after the loss of Will Matthews due to injury.

His aggression is something that has got him to where he is today but with a longer stint needed on field, the 21-year-old was able to adapt.

"I've just got to chill out," Hipgrave said. "It's a bit different playing in the middle compared to out on an edge.

"I've listened to Garth and the other coaching staff and they don't want me to change the way I play.

"I think I need to cool down a bit but I think I did a good job on the weekend."

A notable absentee from last weekend's win was Kevin Proctor but Hipgrave said the kiwi international was a great source of information when it came to playing on the edge.

"KP (Proctor) was in my ear a lot and I was definitely trying to take a leaf out of his book.

"His talk on field has always been really good. He's a leader for us."

With the inclusion of Proctor, Hipgrave is likely to shift across to the left but he is hopeful of a similar performance on the other side of the field.

"It was great to get a spot in the starting side and my aim early on was to get a spot in that 17.

"I trained a lot in the back row during the pre-season so it's nothing to me now.

"I think it'll be a good challenge. I need to do my thing and concentrate on having a good left edge."