Darrell Griffin: I won’t let my brother catch me out again

Darrell Griffin.
Darrell Griffin.
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Leeds Rhinos prop Darrell Griffin won’t be taking any notice if his younger brother, Josh – of Castleford Tigers – offers a truce this evening (8pm).

The West Yorkshire derby at Probiz Coliseum is not the first time the two brothers have played against each other.

They clashed once before when Darrell was at Huddersfield Giants and Josh played for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

The current Cas man made his presence felt that day, despite Darrell, the elder brother, playing in the middle, at prop, while Josh operates on the edges, as a centre or winger.

“It will be a bit different this time,” said 30-year-old Darrell, “The first time we played against each other we were both a bit nervous about what to expect.

“We had a bit of a chat before the game and said we’d stay away from each other if we could, but the first chance he got he picked the ball up and ran straight at me!

“He caught me a bit by surprise, so if he tries it this time I’ll sit him on his backside.”

The elder Griffin said there has been “a bit of banter” in the build-up to tonight’s game, but he will be delighted if Josh, 21, plays well – preferably in a beaten team.

“We get on really well,” he said. “Regardless of what happens in the match, I hope he has a good game for himself.

“He is going well. If he can get his confidence right and use his greatest tool, which is his size and strength, he is going to be a really great player for Cas this year.

“Running off Rangi (Chase) I think he’ll have a great year. He’s a fantastic athlete and he’s built to play rugby league.”

Explaining why he’s a prop and Josh is a three-quarter Darrell said: “I think he got the good genes and I got the bad ones!

“My other brother, George, is a back-rower and he’s a different shape again – he’s somewhere in between. Josh seemed to get all the speed and I didn’t.

“George has just come back from Australia, playing in the Canberra comp. He’s playing in Hull KR’s under-20s at the moment and hopefully he’ll get a game at some point this year.”

Despite the sibling rivalry, Leeds’ Griffin insisted he is treating tonight as just another game.

“It makes it a little special, getting to play against my brother,” he admitted. “My mum and dad will probably be there, I hope we both play well and nobody gets injured.

“But it is another must-win game. A lot of other clubs are on a roll and we can’t afford to come away with a loss.

“It’s a tough place to go and I had some tough games there when I was at Huddersfield. We need to build on last week’s win at Widnes and get the two points.”

Cas were crushed 46-4 at home by Wigan Warriors last weekend, but Griffin cautioned: “They are by no means a poor team.

“They are just struggling with injuries at the moment and they’ve had the sad news of what’s happened with their coach.

“They will be looking to get back on the horse and I’m sure they’ve trained well this week.

“My experience of playing against Leeds was that you always got up for the match – and my experience of being at Leeds is that everyone gets up to play you.

“I’m sure that Cas will be no different.”

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