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AF­TER we won the grand fi­nal in 2015 it was an op­por­tu­nity for me to take a breath and think about ev­ery­one who helped me get there.

My mum Sue was at the top of the list and it’s not un­til I’d reached the top level that I re­alised the things she did when I was com­ing through the ju­niors that I took for granted.

To have her at the grand fi­nal win over Brisbane was the ul­ti­mate re­ward for all the hard work she did for me and my two broth­ers grow­ing up.

As a kid you don’t re­alise how much of an ef­fort it would be. You take it for granted.

But look­ing back I re­alise how lucky I was to have some­one do it so un­selfishly for a long time.

Tough run home

WE host the War­riors in Women in League round to­mor­row night which kick­starts a tough run home for us lead­ing into fi­nals.

My­self, Coops and Hessy can now fo­cus fully on the Cow­boys af­ter a suc­cess­ful and mem­o­rable Ori­gin cam­paign with Queens­land, capped off with a 22- 6 win in the se­ries de­cider last Wed­nes­day.

Some may think it’s hard to come down from a high like that, but it's the op­po­site.

You want to hang on to that buzz as long as pos­si­ble.

Hav­ing that win­ning feel­ing makes you want to keep win­ning. That in it­self is mo­ti­va­tion.

The War­riors will be without one of their main play­mak­ers in Shaun John­son to­mor­row, a sit­u­a­tion we’ve dealt with our­selves this year without JT. From the out­side look­ing in you’d think Kieran Fo­ran will use it as mo­ti­va­tion and he’ll want to take a bit more con­trol.

They’ve still got some very good play­ers in Roger Tuiv­asa- Sheck and Is­sac Luke in their spine, who play for the Ki­wis and play club footy to­gether each week.

Without John­son they’ll still be very tough and will throw a lot at us. They’re prob­a­bly at a point where they’re nearly play­ing for their sea­son and that makes any team tough to beat.

Jake de­serves praise

IT’S been nice to see our hooker Jake Granville get a bit of recog­ni­tion for his su­per con­sis­tent per­for­mances this week.

Ev­ery­one knows how im­por­tant he is to us in at­tack, but he’s also a re­ally im­por­tant de­fen­sively and on the week­end we saw some of the hits he put on the much big­ger Souths boys.

He also does so much work in cover de­fence.

He’s quick so he’s able to get to tack­les that some can’t and we re­ally no­ticed it ear­lier in the year when he was side­lined with a bro­ken leg.


DE­FEN­SIVE FORCE: Jake Granville tack­les Souths back- rower An­gus Crich­ton last week.

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