Tigers fullback Brett Hodgson knows how to find the gaps.Picture: AAP
Tigers fullback Brett Hodgson knows how to find the gaps.Picture: AAP

Good things in small packages

By DAVID KRAUSE

DESPITE the fact I don't support either the North Queensland Cowboys or the Tigers, I am really looking forward to this weekend's NRL decider.

At the start of the year I took out a bet on the TAB for the Wests Tigers to collect this year's wooden spoon. (You could say I got it a bit wrong ... shows what I know).

While they say all big games are won or lost up front with the forwards, I expect the battle of he little men to determine the outcome of the game.

The likes of Thurston, Bowen, Sing, Williams, Hodgson, Prince and Marshall will set Telstra Stadium alight this Sunday night.

All year these two sides have played attacking footy and I doubt they'll change now, so buckle up, make sure you've got all the supplies you need before you sit down to watch the game, because I believe that anything could happen and probably will.

As for who will win, I have no idea. My heart says Tigers, but my head says Cowboys.

The Tigers beat the Cowboys by 50 in the first week of the finals but ignore that.

That loss was one they needed; it made them take a look at themselves and since then they have been a different side.

The Cowboys have a potent backline that can score from anywhere and a hard-working forward pack.

The Tigers boast speed around the ruck and rely on Scott Prince's kicking game to get them field position, which will be vital on Sunday.

I was a diehard Balmain supporter as a kid and would love to see the joint venture win, but I feel the Cowboys have players who are used to the big games like State of Origins and may have an edge when it comes to performing in front of 90,000 screaming fans.

I can't wait.



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