The Waves Tien Nuygen will captain the team this weekend in the grand final against Hervey Bay.
The Waves Tien Nuygen will captain the team this weekend in the grand final against Hervey Bay. Max Fleet BUN020416BRL14

DOWN TO THE WIRE: Tigers aims to end Seagulls run

LEAGUE: The Waves Tigers know they need to start well if they are going to end their nine year drought in the BRL grand final.

As they prepare to take on Hervey Bay in the decider on Sunday, they do so knowing the Seagulls have played just two games in six weeks.

With the Tigers playing for the past three weeks, coach Antonio Kaufusi said the start could ultimately be the difference.

"We've got to play well and stick to Hervey Bay for the full 80 minutes,” he said.

"It will be a match that goes down to the wire.”

After getting through an incredible game last week in overtime against Wests, the coach learnt a lot of lessons about his team.

One was how they handle the situation when the opposition has control of the game.

With Wests almost winning, after missing conversions and field goals, Kaufusi said they need to stay calm if and when Hervey Bay gain momentum in the decider.

"That's a focus for all teams,” he said.

"We need to deal with that better than last week and it has been talked about by the team.”

"Training has been good this week and the boys are ready.”

Despite Hervey Bay being the in-form team, with `18 straight wins to make the decider, the Tigers know one good performance on the day will be enough.

"We need to execute our plays well and be aggressive,” Kaufusi said.

"I've got belief they can do it and my boys have got every chance of doing this.”

In the absence of captain Dan McLennan, Tien Nguyen will lead the team out in his second successive grand final.

After winning the premiership with Brothers last season, with a hat-trick in the final, he will be hoping to do the same with The Waves.

Playing at five eighth for the match, McLennan said he would be a great leader to the team on the day.

"We've been co-captains all year,” he said.

"Everyone knows his style, he's a good leader.”

With The Waves being within 10 points in each game this year, it promises to be close.

All the action starts at 3pm with three other finals to be held on the day at Salter Oval.



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