Har­ness the pain!

Grif­fin wastes no time in­spir­ing Panthers to new heights in 2017

Rugby League Week - - News - BY JOE MC­DONOUGH RLW.

AN­THONY GRIF­FIN STOOD in the cen­tre of the away dress­ing room and looked at each of his shat­tered play­ers. And with three words he might’ve just fu­elled their 2017 ti­tle charge.

“Hook just said to us, ‘Re­mem­ber this feel­ing’,” re­veals Jeremy La­ti­more, after the Panthers were elim­i­nated 22-12 by Can­berra last Satur­day night.

Con­sid­er­ing the up­heaval at Pen­rith this sea­son, Grif­fin would’ve been well within his rights to give his troops a hand­shake and tell them they ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions. In­stead, he told them to bot­tle their emo­tions so they can be used later.

La­ti­more, who tasted de­feat in the Panthers’ 2014 pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal loss to the Bull­dogs, says Grif­fin’s ad­vice was ex­actly what they needed to hear.

“As soon as the game was done I had that same feel­ing from the pre­lim fi­nal in 2014 – you don’t know what it feels like un­til you’ve been through it,” he tells

“You wish you could have that feel­ing be­fore the game to re­mind your­self of what it’s like, be­cause it’s bloody shal­low.

“For 10 or 12 of the boys it’s their first fi­nals cam­paign, so if they re­mem­ber this feel­ing, how hard it is to take, then it will be in­valu­able for us next year.”

La­ti­more ex­pects the play­ing group to see 2016 as a suc­cess, once the hurt sub­sides.

“It’s hard to take when you’ve put ev­ery­thing into the year and get so close,” he says. “It’s still raw but when we get time to really look back over 2016 we’ll see that it was pretty suc­cess­ful and a lot of boys will look back on it fondly and proudly.”

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