Desperate to recoup loss
A WEEK is a long time in football.
After losing the GRL grand final to Brothers last weekend, Wallabys will be hoping the old adage applies when they face off against the Fish once more in their Challenge Cup knockout final tomorrow night at Marley Brown Oval.
Influential Wallabys captain-coach Danny McAllister will be available after escaping a one match suspension for a striking charge that resulted in his grand final send-off.
Brothers coach Mark Graham said his side were expecting a tough hit-out against their old rivals, who would be eager to exact their revenge.
“When we beat them in the first grand final in the extended league last year they came out and whopped us in the next game, so all guns will be blazing,” he said.
Given the short turnaround and general jubilation surrounding a premiership victory, Graham said it was difficult to maintain focus ahead of yet another Wallabys-Brothers fixture.
“As you'd expect everyone was pretty happy to win on the weekend and I'm sure the Wallabys are keen to get out and play again, so we'll have to be up for it,” he said.
“It's just another game as far as we're concerned; obviously the extended league is the big one each year, but at this time of year your resources and playing strength are well and truly stretched.
“I'd imagine it will be another very close contest and it will come down to the want of the players involved.”
As was the case last weekend, Brothers will feature in all three of the evening's fixtures with under-20s taking on Valleys in another grand final rematch while reserve grade tackle Fitzroy.