Broncos' Secret Weapon For WCS
The Broncos have been given the inside word on what to expect from Warrington by none other than their assistant coach Jason Demetriou.
Brisbane will play the Wolves in the weekend's World Club Series match-up in the UK, a place filled with fond memories for Demetriou.
Demetriou played in England for over a decade, captaining the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats for five seasons and in the process becoming the first Australian player without NRL experience to captain a Super League side.
The Wildcats were one of five English sides Demetriou played for between 2000 and 2012 before eventually making the move into coaching.
After various coaching positions, Demetriou arrived in Brisbane at the end of the 2016 NRL season as an assistant to Wayne Bennett.
It was a whirlwind few weeks for Demetriou who was also named coach of the 2016 Intrust Super Premiership Team of the Year for his premiership-winning efforts with the Illawarra Cutters.
Now back in England with the Broncos, Demetriou told Broncos.com.au he always thought he'd make a return to where his career began.
"I thought I'd be back in some capacity," Demetriou said.
"I left here as a coach and the aspiration was always to get into the NRL.
"I've been fortunate that the Broncos have decided to come over here for the World Club Challenge at different stages over the past few years.
"It's great to be back. I'm feeling the cold a little bit, but I have a lot of fond memories here."
The cold is something Brisbane's players and staff are struggling to get used to, with the Broncos swapping humid 40-degree days in the River City for freezing cold snow in London.
For that reason the coaching staff are making sure not to push the players too hard as their bodies adapt to a new environment.
"You try not to go easy on them. We are still in pre-season mode. It's only two or three weeks until the season begins," Demetriou said.
"In saying that, we have to be mindful that the players have done a lot of travelling and are in a new climate.
"They are out of their routine and in a different part of the world, but at the end of the day we have a job to do and we have to focus on that."
That job is to beat the Wolves and help secure another World Club Series whitewash for the NRL.
If that were to occur it would be the third time in the three years that the Australians had dominated the event since the concept was introduced in 2015.
But Demetriou has warned his players the victory won't come easy, cautioning his side about the atmosphere that awaits them.
"You let the players know about the atmosphere and the noise that will come," he said.
"Their English-based players will be up for this. I have no doubt about that. This is a big game for them and they will be coming hard.
"It's about us knowing what our job is and sticking to a process."
This article first appeared on NRL.com