The build up to Sunday’s NRL Grand Final continued this morning as the two teams faced off at the traditional Grand Final breakfast at Darling Harbour in Sydney.
Today’s public appearances will be the last for the teams before they go into camp to prepare for the weekend blockbuster.
Paul Smeaton reports.
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The Grand Final breakfast has become a feature of NRL Grand Final week celebrations with fans and sponsors alike getting the chance to sit down with some of the games biggest stars.
NRL boss David Gallop wished both teams luck but couldn’t resist a shot at the AFL in the ongoing war of the codes.
David Gallop, NRL CEO: “To Wayne and Brian, to Ben and Braith, who knows what will happen on Sunday afternoon and what I can promise you is we won’t be back next week, thank’s very much.”
Roosters half Todd Carney’s season of redemption will be complete if he can steer his team to victory on Sunday.
Since his career with the Canberra Raiders ended in disgrace, a lifeline from the Roosters allowed the playmaker to repay his club with a Dally M Player of the Year award.
Todd Carney, Sydney Roosters: “I spoke to Smithy after the Dally M night and he just said to me to get back and get all focused on football again and that’s what I’ve done.”
Asked if he felt his team needed to do anything different to beat the in form Roosters, Dragon’s mentor Wayne Bennett replied as only he can.
Wayne Bennett, Dragons Coach: “Ah not really (laughter).”
While most supporters would shy away from offering the master coach advice, one young fan did.
Taylor Murray, Village United Wildcats U7’s: “Um, well, the Dragons should pass the ball around a bit more… the Dragons should pass the ball around a bit more, I’ll leave it on that note Taylor.”
Both teams will meet fans tonight at the Opera House before closing ranks to begin final preparations for Sunday’s Grand Final.
Paul Smeaton, QUT News.