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Griffin no hard feelings with Broncos

  • Griffin no hard feelings with Broncos

    CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 14: Head Coach Anthony Griffin of the Panthers looks on prior to the round 10 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors at AMI Stadium on May 14, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Sacked Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin insists he only has fond memories of the NRL club.

Now he wants to create a few more at the Broncos' expense.

Penrith mentor Griffin has returned to Brisbane for Friday night's Suncorp Stadium clash, almost two years to the day after he was dumped as Broncos coach.

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Griffin said there were no hard feelings.

"I am looking forward to going back and playing there," he said.

"I enjoyed my time at the club and coaching there.

"I am really enjoying the challenge I have now with Penrith."

But it has not stopped Griffin plotting a morale boosting win for ninth placed Penrith with the finals looming.

"The current group is evolving as a team in their own right," Griffin said.

"We've been a little inconsistent but we've given ourselves a look at it (finals) now.

"(Brisbane) is obviously very important. It's a good chance to see where we are at."

Griffin will hope to extend his stunning run against the man who replaced him as Broncos coach - Wayne Bennett.

Griffin has enjoyed seven wins in nine games against sides coached by the master mentor.

That includes their round three 23-22 upset at Penrith.

Griffin is yet to decide whether bench forwards Moses Leota or Viliame Kikau will replace starting prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard (elbow).

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