GROUP SEVEN RUGBY LEAGUE
Silencing Warilla's hard-hitting forwards will be a priority for Gerringong in Sunday's grand final but the Gorillas boast a potent backline trump card in centre Tyson Brown.
A member of the triumphant Group Seven rep side, Brown will be lining up in his fourth grand final at the ripe old age of 23.
He knows the Gorillas rely heavily on their bruising forwards but Brown looms as a potential match-winner.
"We'll try to use our big forwards up the middle and hopefully we can get through them that way," the proud Warilla junior said.
"We should get through them with our big pack. If not, we'll try out wide."
Warilla might have the psychological upper hand after coming from behind to beat Gerringong 26-16 in the major semi-final. The Gorillas also accounted for the Lions 24-12 two weeks out from the finals.
"We worked them up the middle in the major semi and they got tired, and we ended up coming away with the win," Brown said.
"We gave away a few penalties in the first half, but we came out in the second half and ended up doing them. The boys know the only team that's going to beat us is ourselves, so we have to work on our discipline.
"Come Sunday, we just have to make sure our heads are switched on. There's always a few nerves in the big games but it's a good kind of nervous."
Sunday's grand final at Nowra Showground will be the third between Warilla and the Lions in the past four years.
Gerringong advanced to their fourth successive premiership decider with a 42-22 defeat of Jamberoo in last Sunday's final.
"I knew they'd get through," Brown said.
"I went and watched a bit of it. I didn't stay for too long because I knew who won already but they did look tough.
"We'll get out there on Sunday and see what they've got. I've won one and lost two grand finals. Hopefully it's two and two after Sunday."