Rookie coach ready to be judged on results
ANTHONY Griffin has his first win as Brisbane coach, but he knows the true test will be next Friday night’s NRL season opener with North Queensland.
Griffin, elevated to head coach after Brisbane axed Ivan Henjak last month, made his debut in Brisbane’s impressive six-tries-to-one trial win over Melbourne at Dolphin Oval last Saturday night.
But he knows the opening night nerves will be much worse on the big stage in front of a Suncorp Stadium crowd, tipped to nudge 45,000, expecting him to deliver a debut win.
‘‘ No mate, that was a trial, I’m not counting that as my first win,’’ said Griffin, who’ll reveal his 17-man squad for round one next week.
‘‘ The Cowboys game is the real deal and that’s what we’ve been focusing on and aiming towards.’’
Griffin is confident his players have done the necessary hard work during the preseason under fitness coordinator Tony Guilfoyle to have them ready for the Cowboys.
‘‘ They’re physically well prepared and fitter than what they’ve been in the past,’’ Griffin said.
‘‘ My job is to mentally right.’’
Griffin believes his results in the first three or four months will shape his NRL coaching career.
‘‘ How the team plays over the next 12 or so games, I’ll