Rookie coach ready to be judged on re­sults

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

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

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