Gillmeister tips Souths will break their NRL drought
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.