Hook puts tal­ents to work for Waratahs

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

AXED NRL coach An­thony Grif­fin has found a new role help­ing the ri­val code, bob­bing up as a sur­prise con­sul­tant for the NSW Waratahs.

Coach Daryl Gibson has turned to Grif­fin to help with his side’s at­tack ahead of the 2019 Su­per Rugby sea­son and al­ready the for­mer Pen­rith and Bris­bane men­tor is prov­ing a hit.

Sacked by the Pan­thers a month be­fore this year’s NRL fi­nals, Grif­fin jumped at the chance to run a half-hour ses­sion with the Waratahs backs in Syd­ney.

“He was re­ally good. It’s just dif­fer­ent ideas and dif­fer­ent ways of do­ing things,” at­tack coach Chris Whi­taker said.

“We asked him to come in and do a cou­ple of sim­ple lit­tle plays we’ve been do­ing and ob­vi­ously the rugby league guys spend a lot of time run­ning lines and run­ning op­tions and that’s why they’re so good at it.

“It was quite a sim­ple ses­sion but the boys took so much out of it, es­pe­cially me and Daryl. He’s given us a lot of ideas, that’s for sure.”

So im­pres­sive was he that Grif­fin’s ca­sual con­sul­tancy won’t be a one-off as the Waratahs look to build on last year’s run to the semi-fi­nals.

Mean­while, mas­ter kick­ing coach Dave Alred, the man who honed the su­per­boot of Jonny Wilkinson, is be­ing tar­geted for a key role at the Queens­land Reds.

If the Reds can pull off the Alred coup it would com­plete the ma­jor up­grade of coach­ing acu­men at the club for next year’s Su­per Rugby sea­son.

Head coach Brad Thorn has al­ready beefed up his sup­port­ing cast with for­mer Wal­la­bies’ at­tack coach Jim McKay and de­fen­sive taskmas­ter Peter Ryan. Alred is an ac­claimed per­for­mance coach be­cause his wis­dom most re­cently crossed sport­ing bound­aries to help Ital­ian golfer Francesco Moli­nari win the Bri­tish Open.

Kick­ing prac­tice with con­se­quences and per­form­ing un­der pres­sure are both touch­stones in his meth­ods.

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