Albury Wodonga Steamers | They all agree it will be a scrap

Steamers Col Hogan during training. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL
Steamers Col Hogan during training. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

OPPOSING coaches are divided on whether the Steamers can make it back-to-back premierships tomorrow.

But what they do agree on is that it will be two very different styles of rugby on show at the Connolly Rugby Complex — Griffith’s flair against the Steamers structure.

Waratah’s Hugh Palmer has seen both sides close up as his minor premiers went out in straight sets.

“It’s going to be bloody tight but defence wins grand final and that’s why I’ll be tipping the Steamers,” he said.

“Both sides have the weapons for it to be a blow-out one way or the other but I don’t think that will happen — it will be a penalty goal the difference in the end and in Albury’s favour.”

Temora’s Apenisa Tudulu says it’s the Steamers by 12.

“I watched Griffith beat Waratahs and they had a bit of luck and on the same day watched Albury thrash CSU,” he said.

“The Steamers looked just as good as they were last year.”

Wagga City’s Michael Kanck said the Steamers were the toughest side they played this year, while Young’s James Shannon is another tipping Albury.

“But Griffith have the x-factor and have the capacity to counter attack and make the most of the loose ball,” Shannon said.

Ag College coach James Kanaley said it will be Griffith by seven points.

“The Steamers will be spent from a physical game against Tahs while Griffith will have benefited from the week off,” he said.

Leeton’s Liam Ward is supporting his neighbouring town.

“It’ll be a cracking grand final,” he said.