Gillmeis­ter tips Souths will break their NRL drought

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

FOR­MER Queens­land State of Ori­gin for­ward Trevor Gillmeis­ter thinks the South Syd­ney Rab­bitohs are set to break their 43 year drought and cap­ture rugby league’s top prize on Sun­day evening.

“I think I have to go Souths but I’m not con­fi­dent at all,” Gillmeis­ter, who was in Proser­pine on Tues­day night for the Walk For Aware­ness cam­paign, told the Whit­sun­day Times.

He said the Bull­dogs for­wards were in im­mense form go­ing into the de­cider hav­ing smashed and bashed Mel­bourne, Manly and Pen­rith along the way.

“James Gra­ham has re­ally led the way for the Bull­dogs,” he said.

“I’m a mas­sive Josh Jack­son fan too.”

He also be­lieved the two mas­sive packs might can­cel each other out and it could be up to the backs to make some magic hap­pen.

“Some­one like Greg Inglis or Trent Hod­kin­son could re­ally make the dif­fer­ence,” Gillmeis­ter said.

“I think Souths have the ad- van­tage there – when Inglis turns it on he’s hard to stop.”

In terms of the halves Gillmeis­ter thought the Bull­dogs might be bet­ter pre­pared for the grand fi­nal arena after lead­ing New South Wales to its first se­ries win in nearly 10 years.

“Hod­kin­son and Josh Reynolds played in that big Ori­gin se­ries win for New South Wales – its first since 2005,” he said.

“You know they can han­dle the pres­sure.”

Gillmeis­ter said while he thought the Syd­ney Roosters would go back-to-back this sea­son and de­feat South Syd­ney last week – he was sur­prised by their sec­ond-half ef­forts. “They [Souths] re­ally dom­i­nated them in the se- cond-half,” he said. Gillmeis­ter pre­vi­ously won two premier­ships with the Bris­bane Bron­cos in 1992 and 1993 and was their player of the year in 1991.

HOT TIP: Trevor Gillmeis­ter ex­pects Greg Inglis (pic­tured) to be a fac­tor in this week­end's NRL grand fi­nal. Photo by John McCutcheon / Sun­shine Coast Daily.

LEGEND: Trevor Gillmeis­ter is no stranger to Grand Fi­nals hav­ing won two of them with the Bron­cos.

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