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globalrugbyleague - Sun, 28 Sep 2008 11:44:00 GMT
Sydney Bulls fans could not ask for a better performance from coach David Bayssari regardless of the result in today’s Jim Beam Cup Grand Final at Campbelltown Stadium.
Coach Bayssari - who played 78 first grade games for Balmain between 1991-97 - today leads his troops into their fourth straight grand final since 2005.
Winning his first grand final on his second attempt in 2006 when the Bulls thrashed Newtown 56-22, a second title looks very plausible against Windsor this afternoon.
It was only two weeks ago that the Bulls appeared to have wrecked the Wolves season with a 62-12 win at Ringrose Park in a very hot first week of the finals.
The Wolves to their credit bounced back last weekend to cost Mounties their first ever appearance in the main event,setting up today’s replay of the 2005 Jim Beam Cup Grand Final.
What concerns me about Windsor’s chances is the fact they were behind on the scoreboard for most of their clash with Mounties last Sunday.
They won’t get away with that against their physically bigger, highly experienced opponents who have scored an average of 51.33 points per game in their last three fixtures.
Windsor must score the first couple of tries to convince their own fans they are capable of taking this battle right down to the wire. Even if they lead 24-nil at half-time, that’s still not enough to kill the Bulls and they know it.
The Sydney Bulls however have a good record for upsetting themselves on Grand Final day against underdogs.
Last season they ravaged the Entrance 50-10 at Cabramatta Stadium.Three weeks later the Entrance turned the rugby league world upside down and defeated the Bulls 30-20 to win the game that counted.
The same 30 degree heat which did the minor premiers no favours two weeks ago is expected in today’s Grand Final at Campbelltown Stadium.Whether it becomes an major issue remains to be seen.
JIM BEAM CUP GRAND FINAL
Sunday September 28th, 3:00pm
Campbelltown Stadium
Referee: Adam Gee
Touch Judges: Melissa Yates and Peter Sciberras.

SYDNEY BULLS: 1.Dan e Gilmore, 2.Toufic Nicolas, 3.Wes Naiqama, 4.Danny Barakat, 5.Chris Salem, 6.Nathan Wynn, 7.Adam Tippett, 8.Charlie Farah, 9.Brett Finn, 10.George Azzi, 11.Paul Winterstein, 12.Troy Bushby, 13.Steve Jolly. Interchange: 14.Chris Smith, 15.Danny Swindells, 16.Charlie Nohra, 17.Tommy Mansour, 18.Ali Kourouche, 23.Suli Koroibulileka Coach: David Bayssari
WINDSOR WOLVES: 1.Joel Bennett, 2.Daniel King, 3.Chris Barlow, 4.Danny Chiha, 5.Mitchell Smith, 6.Ben Stewart, 7.Craig Trindall, 8.Tito Nuiimata ©, 9.Ryan Russell, 10.Alistar Taua’a, 11.Jason Chan, 12.Ashley Hazelton, 13.Ryan Tramonte Interchange: 14.Chanel Arama, 16.Shennelle Haumno, 17.Tim Glasby, 18.Shane Croft, 19.Daniel, Roki, 21.Wiremu Weepu Coach: Trent Rosa - Read More, Here