FRIENDSHIP TO THE SIDE: South Sydney Rabbitohs supporter Jo Cristina and her Bulldogs supporting friend, Karen McKavanagh are eagerly awaiting Sunday’s clash.
FRIENDSHIP TO THE SIDE: South Sydney Rabbitohs supporter Jo Cristina and her Bulldogs supporting friend, Karen McKavanagh are eagerly awaiting Sunday’s clash. Michael Cormack

Fans at odds over footy final

SYDNEY may be more than 700km away from Warwick, but when the NRL grand final gets under way on Sunday, friendships in Warwick will be put aside as the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury Bulldogs battle it out.

Perhaps one of the biggest friendships in the Rose City to be put aside will be that of Warwick Screen Printing and Embroidery owner Karen McKavanagh and her friend, Jo Cristina.

McKavanagh is a passionate Bulldogs supporter of 25 years, while Cristina has been supporting the Rabbitohs for the past five years, since McKavanagh got her into rugby league.

"I certainly want the bragging rights," Cristina said.

"I'll be making a phone call to Karen if the Bunnies win."

"I'll be having rabbit stew for dinner if the Bulldogs get up," McKavanagh said when asked what she would do if the Bulldogs won.

With Canterbury captain Michael Ennis likely to miss through injury, McKavanagh said she thought the Bulldogs halves of Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson were the key players for her team.

"They need to play well for the Dogs to win," she said. "Josh Jackson got Man of the Match last week so hopefully he has another good game and Sam Perrett has been playing well.

"We'll need a good team effort to win."

Cristina said Queensland superstar Greg Inglis was the key to Rabbitohs winning their first premiership since 1971.

"He's the number one man," Cristina said.

"But obviously the Burgess boys have been in good form too, as has Adam Reynolds."

 See the full preview of Sunday's game in tomorrow's edition of the Daily News plus full coverage in Monday.



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