Ask Rabbitohs forward Chris Grevsmuhl what’s driven him since making his first grade debut and, and the answer is simple – healthy competition.
Fighting for a spot in a Souths forward pack that includes the likes of representative players the ilk of Glenn Stewart, Chris McQueen and the Burgess twins, has had a profound effect on Grevsmuhl, now just five games into his first-grade career.
“There’s plenty of competition here and that’s part of the positive culture at the Club,” admitted Grevsmuhl.
“We compete in everything we do, because we hold ourselves to pretty high standards, but also because you don’t let our teammates down.
“To be part of a team like this is pretty special. We have a good bunch of blokes and some of the best players in the world, so staying in this team is a challenge, but it’s something that I really want to do.
“It’s all about working hard – if you do that throughout the pre-season and be disciplined, you’re going to be one step closer to playing first grade.
“That’s what I wanted to do, so I worked extremely hard and was pretty fortunate to be given an opportunity.”
Grevsmuhl, 22, enjoyed a unique opening to his career in the top grade, by picking up a string of trophies including the Auckland Nines trophy, the Charity Shield and the World Club Challenge, scoring some important four-pointers in the process – all before making his NRL debut.
Throw in a spot in the 2015 Indigenous All Stars team – a game that saw the young Rabbitoh also score a try – and Grevsmuhl’s unique blooding was complete. But the 106kg forward isn’t one to look back, instead focusing on taking the opportunities in front of him.
“I really don’t think about that stuff,” said Grevsmuhl of his achievements so far.
“As I said, I consider myself quite lucky to be given the opportunities that I’ve been given, so it’s just about grabbing them with both hands and trying to put my best foot forward in every game and in everything I do here.”
Coming off Michael Maguire’s bench on Good Friday, the young-gun put in a solid performance in just 39 minutes spent on-field, running for a total of 135 metres while also making 22 tackles. But with a confident Cowboys side making the trip down to Sydney for next Monday’s Round 6 clash at ANZ Stadium, Grevsmuhl knows that he and his team will need to improve.
“They’ll come at us with everything they’ve got, but we need to play our game,” said Grevsmuhl of the clash.
“There are areas that we know we need to improve on from the last few weeks, just in our processes and the way we play. So once we get that right, we’ll be in a good position to build off that.”
“I think the last few weeks the Cowboys have been really consistent, so for us we’ve got to be at our best when we meet on Monday night.”
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