Wallabys' Shaun Retchford is tackled by the Brothers defence.
Wallabys' Shaun Retchford is tackled by the Brothers defence.

The battle joined

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au

WALLABYS and Brothers will take battle-weary troops into tomorrow's Gladstone and District Rugby League A grade rugby league grand final but neither coach is expecting anything less than 100 per cent commitment from their troops.

Brothers coach Matt Jones expected prop Chris Johnson (tonsilitis) to take his place in the side for tomorrow's encounter but fullback James Radloff (blood clots) and Nigel Robertson (bulging disc) will not take the field.

'We've still got injury worries but we'll have the strongest 17 on the field that we've had for six or seven weeks so I'm happy,' Jones said.

His Wallabys counterpart Aaron Farrar said all but one member of the Wallabys squad was primed to play, with the unnamed player to have a fitness test prior to the match today.

However, he said a number of players were carrying niggling injuries but believed such a scenario was always a factor of finals football.

'In general, we're a battle-hardened side,' he said. 'We've had a few hard games ... and a few guys are carrying some injuries but no-one's complaining.

'Football's all about putting injuries behind you and focussing on what the team needs. '' Jones said the Brethren would have to nullify the big Wallabys pack if his side was to grab premiership glory today.

'They've got a very big pack and they're very powerful so we'll just take them on and see what happens,' Jones said.

'Our grand final record's not that crash hot but we've prepared well.''

Farrar expected Brothers to test his side on a number of fronts.

'I think they'll try to attack us everywhere,' he said.

'They're quick and well-drilled and they'll probably go to the fringes a little bit.

'(But) I think it's the side that does the little things, like controlling possession and completing sets who'll win.'



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