NRL Grand final players preview- what did they say?
The 2018 NRL Grand Final is set to showcase the two best teams in the competition at ANZ Stadium on Sunday evening.
There’s been a number of stories which have taken over Grand final week in the past few days, none bigger than Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk.
Slater escaped a shoulder charge suspension at the NRL Judiciary on Tuesday, while Cronk is still racing the clock to be fit due to his rotator-cuff injury.
Hear what some of the stars from each team said ahead of the decider on Sunday.
ROBBO’S SIMPLE SECRETS TO SUCCESS
Sydney Roosters big man Jared Waerea-Hargreaves reveals the influence coach Trent Robinson has on the Bondi club.
“The belief amongst each other and yourself,” Waerea Hargreaves said.
“All he asks is for you to work hard and be the best you can be.
“He’s big on culture and he’s very honest and he asks for you to bring your best each week and each day at training, so it’s been good.”
COOPER’S A “LONG SHOT”
Waerea-Hargreaves also isn’t writing off teammate Cooper Cronk’s chances of playing in the 2018 decider, but admits he has a lot to do.
“I think it’s a long shot to be honest,” Waerea-Hargreaves said.
“For what he’s done and how he’s pulled up, he looks pretty tender.
“He’s a long shot, but it is the final game of the year, so he’ll be doing everything he can.
“We’re preparing as well as we can to go in on Sunday.”
RADLEY REFLECTS ON “SPECIAL” SEASON
He’s come in leaps and bounds this season and Roosters star Victor Radley admits it’s been a surreal experience.
“At the end of last season or the start of pre-season if you asked me, ‘Was I going to play NRL this season? I’d say I’d like to, but it’s a long stretch and you put your best foot forward’,” Radley said.
“To have the season I’ve had, it’s pretty special.
“I’ve worked really hard, I think I’ve deserved to get my sport for how hard I’ve worked, so I’m really happy with myself.”
ADDO-CARR “KICKING GOALS” OFF THE FIELD
Josh Addo-Carr loves the big time – he couldn’t hold back his excitement at the Dally M awards, and now he’s itching to get onto the field.
“I’ve always wanted to be apart of this (Dally M Medal) and I’m lucky to be apart of it tonight with my beautiful girlfriend here – I’m kicking goals I think,” Addo-Carr said.
“As everyone knows, the Roosters are the best defensive side in the competition.
“We’ve got a big job on the field and I can’t wait to just run the ball.”
MUNSTER REVEALS SECRET TO SUCCESS
He’s a favourite for the Clive Churchill Medal on Sunday on the back of an outstanding 2018 and Munster admits his rise to the top can be credited to his hard work at training.
“I probably changed a little bit of my routine,” Munster said.
“I probably did a little bit more homework on my football.
“It’s hard to take leaf out of Billy’s book because he’s the best at everything he does.
“If anyone wants to be like him, they’re going to have to sit up at night to all hours and do what he does.
“It’s great commitment from himself, but I’m just trying to do as much as I can and take the pressure of Billy and Smithy as much as I can.”
Listen to the full interviews below.