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Robson not after Sterling effort

By Steve Jancetic 30/09/2009 07:29:03 PM Comments (0)

He's 80 minutes away from becoming the first halfback since Peter Sterling to lead Parramatta to an NRL premiership, but just don't try and compare Jeff Robson to the former Test No.7.

"It's great honour to be wearing the No.7 jumper at Parramatta, but I don't feel any pressure as such," Robson said ahead of Sunday's grand final match-up with Melbourne.

"Because to live up to his standard, I wouldn't be able to do it.

"If I could be half the player he was I'd be happy - I'm just happy to be running around with the boys and enjoying my footy."

That's something Robson hasn't always been able to do, at least at an NRL level.

At 27, Robson is only just starting to make his mark in the top grade, having struggled away in the lower grades at both Manly and then the Eels.

Ironically, it was only after the departure of Brett Finch - the man he will go up against in Sunday's grand final - and a broken jaw to young gun Kris Keating, that Robson was given a shot.

But being third string doesn't really bother Robson, who is still uncontracted for next season, especially now that he will get the opportunity to add a grand final appearance to his fledgling resume.

"I probably wouldn't have got the opportunity if Finchy had stayed and I'm just very grateful for the opportunity to play back to back games and also to be playing the grand final," he said.

"I think it took me a good four or five weeks to get really confident and used to the speed of the game.

"Once I did that I felt more a part of the team and started to enjoy my footy a bit more."

And as for going up against Finch, who will line up at five-eighth for the Storm.

"He left in his own circumstances and he's made his way to the grand final as well and good luck to him - he's done really well for himself."

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