GROUP SEVEN RUGBY LEAGUE
Gerringongand Warilla aren't about to spring any big surprises on each other in Sunday's grand final at Nowra Showground.
Gerringong are lining up in their fourth straight premiership decider, three of which have been against the Gorillas.
The Lions prevailed by a point on Pat Cronin's crunch-time field goal in 2010 before Warilla squared the grand final ledger with a 36-6 victory the following year.
When they met in the major semi-final two weeks ago, Warilla overturned a 12-4 half-time deficit to win 26-16.
Both teams might have one or two tricks up their sleeves on Sunday, but the Gorillas make no secret of their intentions to use their brutal forwards to wear down opponents, while Gerringong tend to rely more on speed and ball movement.
That clash of styles is what made the major semi so compelling. The Lions played their style in the first half before the Gorillas changed the tempo and grabbed the upper hand in the second half.
"There's nothing really between us," Cronin said.
"We were leading the major semi 'till a dropped ball led to an 80-metre try, and then the try very late in the game put it out to 26-16.
"They've got a big forward pack, and we just have to try and play quick and tire them out a bit.
"Neither side has really changed too much over the last four years. We've both been pretty consistent. We're there again and it all comes down to Sunday."
Gerringong are resigned to being without fullback and Group Seven leading scorer Joel Roberts (broken hand).
Rixon Russell played fullback in last week's 42-22 defeat of Jamberoo in the preliminary final and is tipped to fill the same role on Sunday.
"Joel's the Group Seven [rep] fullback and he's a big loss if he doesn't play, but bar that we're pretty much at full strength," Cronin said.
"Rixon's got that speed and he's got a lot of skill, so hopefully if Joel doesn't play we can cover that."
Centre Peter Cronin will take on the goalkicking duties again in Roberts' absence.
"He used to do it," five-eighth Pat said of his brother's ability with the boot.
"He kicked all right last week, five from eight. It doesn't seem to faze him too much ... he's pretty cool."
Group Seven rep Pat has played in three grand finals, winning one.
"Two from four sounds better than one from four, so that's what we're hoping for," he said.