“I just need to make sure I’m strong in defence and giving good service from hooker. If it’s wet, that’s all I have to do.
“The forwards had to go through the pads and the soapy ball could have come out, so you have to focus that little bit extra when it’s wet. The boys were really good because there were no dropped balls. That’s a good sign.”
If the packed Optus Stadium does become greasy, some good judges within the Blues believe it will suit them, especially with Cook and James Tedesco to attack through the middle against the tiring big Maroons. Queensland’s attacking weapon focuses his attack on the edges. Kicking games also take on extra importance.
“Depending on how wet it is, it can become a big battle of the forwards and it’s played a lot in the middle of the field, so I’ll see a lot of action,” Cook told the Herald.
Former premiership coach Ron Willey embraced the simple practice at Penrith in the late 1980s.
Sironen and fellow Blues assistant Greg Alexander also had a giggle about England’s love of making the ball greasy with Vasoline. They recalled the ball being so heavily smeared in Vasoline at the start of their first Test against the Poms at Wembley in 1990, Marty Bella watched the ball slip through his hands from the kick-off.