Mullen helps kick off NRL Finals
Monday 9 September 2013 5:39 PM
Newcastle Knights captain Jarrod Mullen boarded the HMAS Leeuwin on Monday morning to help kick off the 2013 Premiership Finals Series alongside the seven other finals bound captains.
The five-eighth, who played a pivotal role in the Knight’s 54-6 victory over the Parramatta Eels on Sunday, was excited to be a part of this year’s Final’s Series after missing out in 2012.
“We made a goal at the start of the year to be in the top eight and here we are, so the real comp starts now,” Mullen said.
“It is sudden death for us and have four more games and win the GF so that is what we are looking for.”
The seventh placed Knights will take on the 6th placed Bulldogs in an elimination final at ANZ Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
“I think they will be a tough team, they have been tough all year and are very experienced in finals series,” Mullen added.
“They didn’t make the grand final last year for no reason…and we are going to have to turn up and play well.”
The Knights enjoyed strong wins over last year’s grand finalists in Rounds 10 and 17 but face a challenge of a different kind on Sunday.
“I think semi final football is a lot different to normal club football,” Mullen explained.
“Every penalty, every missed tackle is crucial so it is sort of a State of Origin sort of feel.
“All the boys are going to definitely have to be up for it.”
Mullen injured his ankle in Sunday's win over the Parramatta Eels but says he is in no doubt to play this Sunday against the Bulldogs.
Tyrone Roberts spoke to the media at the team's recovery session on Monday.CLICK HERE to watch the half back's press conference.