Coach hopes tactics can end Warwick title drought
WARWICK assistant coach Nick Barker has a few tricks to motivate his team on grand final day and he's not afraid to use them.
Barker was in charge of Coolaroo last season when the Roos fought back from 30 points down in the fourth quarter to snatch the premiership from University.
Coolaroo had been outplayed for much of the contest before a severe dressing-down from Barker at the final change sparked them into action.
The former Uni premiership player loves the mind games and believed mental toughness was a big part of winning a grand final.
"Grand finals are a complex creature and you need to be adaptive, and wanting it, and hungry on the day," Barker said.
"It's going to come down to which team mentally has it on the day."
Barker was hopeful it won't take a fourth-quarter spray to get the Redbacks across the line this year.
He labelled Warwick's hard-working midfield led by Brendan Iles and Tyhe Clarkson as the key to victory.
"I've still got that (fourth-quarter spray) in my arsenal, and if we need to use it, we certainly will," Barker said.
"We've done our research on University. We've done our match rehersals and we're prepared for a big fight this weekend.
"I'm quietly confident. We've got a lot of respect for the Uni players and we know what they're capable of doing.
"The big question for Uni is whether the coaching staff can make decisions quick enough to stop our fast-running midfield. That's the big challenge we put back to them."