Greinke part of St Peter Claver connection set for huge duel
BRONCOS under 20 captain Brett Greinke is expecting a full-on assault from the Warriors in the opening stages of the Holden Cup grand final at ANZ Stadium tomorrow.
Greinke, who will play second-row, has faith that his side's fitness will see them finish the game strongly but has warned his side against conceding early points.
"They are a huge side," Greinke said.
"But they are not just a bunch of battering rams. They are quick with plenty of skill as well.
"We think they will come out of the blocks firing so we've got stick with them in the first 20 minutes.
"If we can match them there we will hopefully do them in the last 30 minutes or so."
The team trains today at Red Hill, has a barbecue and then flies down to Sydney.
Greinke said the squad was handling the sense of occasion.
"It is a big week, but we are keeping it as normal as we can," he said.
"We aren't getting carried away with ourselves or letting the hype of the week overwhelm us.
"It is good to enjoy it, but we are trying to stay grounded at the same time."
Greinke attended St Peter Claver College as a student and lives in Springfield Lakes.
He said the form of fellow former St Peter Claver College student Joe Ofahengaue (prop) had been outstanding, along with that of lock Jai Arrow.
"Joe and Jai have been among our best players all year," he said.
"It is not just the fact that they have been pulling off big numbers.
"It is because they have been doing it consistently.
"I'm sure they can keep doing it this week."
The Broncos prevailed 24-16 over the Dragons in last week's preliminary final and Greinke said a similar defensive effort would be required against a Warriors side that can pile on the points.
"We lost the first semi against the Eels, but we have won our last two and felt pretty comfortable doing it," he said.
"I think that came off the back of our defence.
"Our coach Craig Hodges has been telling us for the last month that the best defensive side is going to win the comp … and it is for real this week.
"It is a credit to our scrambling defence against the Dragons.
"They had some really good attacking weapons and we were able to shut them down with our efforts.
"It is good to now that with blokes like me and Joe laying the platform, we have got Kodi Nikorima, Duncan Paia'aua, Ashley Taylor and Jayden Berrell who are going to put points on the board.
"It makes your hard work feel like it is worth something."