Cody Byrne, Kieran Fender, Mitch McMahon and Darren Pettiford will come off the bench for the Cowboys at the grand final.
Cody Byrne, Kieran Fender, Mitch McMahon and Darren Pettiford will come off the bench for the Cowboys at the grand final. Gerard Walsh

Forward keen to get feel for the game before he comes on

RUGBY LEAGUE: It is often said rugby league games can be won by the impact players off the bench and that could definitely be the case at 3pm on Sunday at Clive Berghofer Stadium in Toowoomba.

Warwick prop Darren Pettiford loves the chance to increase the Cowboys intensity when he comes off the bench.

"I am able to read the game before I go on,” he said.

Pettiford is not sure there will be an exercise bike to keep him warm during his time on the bench. At the last home game in Warwick, he used an exercise bike before going on to the field.

Kieran Fender is playing his first grand final and expects to come off the bench late in the first half.

"The other players will be tired so I have to play with intensity,” he said.

Mitch McMahon was 18th man when Warwick went down in the 2016 grand final and is super excited as he is No.14 this time.

"I will most likely come on for a period as hooker and Ben Sullivan will move to half.”

Cody Bryne has no doubt coming off the bench in Sunday's grand final will be the high point of his career so far.

He is in his first season of A grade and is playing in his second grand final for the Cowboys and aiming for his first win.

Byrne played in one under-18 grand final under current A-grade coach Matt Grew.



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