Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
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~Every human being they see will immediately be torn to pieces, as if their main task in this world is to kill desire~
IN the 16th Century such a description was given of the beast of fantasy, the Griffin, consisting equal parts lion and bird of prey.
Fast forward almost 500 years and Redcliffe coach Anthony Griffin insists the one element missing from his team is ?killer instinct?.
Admittedly Dolphins conjure up a far more friendly image, yet Griffin wants his players to embody the same attitude on the field as his mythological namesake.
Sneaking into the top five after a 42-20 victory against Ipswich, Redcliffe was guilty of slackening off after establishing a lead of 36-4 just after halftime.
Most fans would have accepted the lull, given Ipswich is a team infinitely more talented than its position on the table indicates. Not so Griffin.
?I thought it was a bit disappointing to be honest,? Griffin said of the game.
?Like a few recent games, we just haven?t been able to put teams away. We need to get that killer instinct to go on when we?re in front.?
With close to an 80 per cent completion rate in the first half, Redcliffe gave the visiting Jets few chances to wrestle the ascendancy. Griffin was pleased with the effort from all of his forwards, as well as the direction of five-eighth Shane Perry. However he found fault with the outside backs, where the majority of errors were conceded.
?We spoke all week about how Ipswich could be a danger and that they?re not as bad as their position on the ladder (ninth),? Griffin said.
?In the first half it showed that we didn?t take them lightly. We perhaps thought that would carry over to the second half, but we didn?t put in the effort to make sure.?
On a losing side, Jets halves Ricky Bird and Brendon Lindsay continually posed a threat, while forwards Danny Coburn and Grant Young were also strong.
Next Saturday Ipswich hosts North Queensland at QLD Group Stadium, with Redcliffe away at Piggabeen on Sunday against Tweed Heads.
REDCLIFFE 42 (Greg Bourke 2, Nick Emmett 2, Ryan Cullen, Shannon Fish, Nick Walker tries; Greg Bourke 7 goals) beat IPSWICH 20 (Jonathon Muir, Gordon Rattler, Ricky Bird, Geoff Chalk tries; Brendon Lindsay 2 goals).
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