The attacking brilliance of the Junior Warriors might have got them through the last four weeks of sudden-death football but defence has been the focus of their build-up to tomorrow's grand final against the Brisbane Broncos.
The NYC competition is renowned for showcasing young players' attacking abilities, with defensive structures and tackling technique often lagging some way behind in team skill-sets.
Coach Stacey Jones has been drumming into his side the need to concentrate on their tackling and ball security and says attack is the least of his concerns.
"That's the nature of this competition [attack-focused] really, but the team that's going to win this weekend is the team that's going to defend the best and that's our focus," Jones said.
"I'm not worried about our attack, our big focus is around how we defend this weekend. Your tries can come from a bit of ad-lib stuff but you've still got to have some structure in place to get over the line."
Junior Warriors five-eighth Tuimoala Lolohea scored the match-winning try in the dying seconds of last week's preliminary final clash against Parramatta, but he agrees tackling, doing the simple things and getting the basics right will be key to their success.
"Defence will be a big part of our game if we want to win this week," Lolohea said.
"Our attack comes naturally but we've just got to complete our sets and hold the ball as much as we can and we should be sweet. It will be a tough game and it's an opportunity that a lot of players don't get, to play in a grand final, and we'll just try to take it with two hands and get the win on the day."
Eleven members of the team are set to make their last appearance for the Junior Warriors, adding extra incentive for them to get the job done.
Co-captain and halfback Mason Lino is hoping for the ideal send-off before he and prop Kouma Samson head to the south of France to take up one-year contracts with Carcassonne.
"It would be awesome and a great way to finish off the year," Lino said. "It will be good motivation for the boys next year and for Stacey as well in his first year coaching. I'm a bit sad to be leaving. I've really enjoyed my time here."