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Anasta 'under the radar' at Roosters

By Steve Jancetic 09/09/2010 05:47:28 PM Comments (0)

Braith Anasta already has a premiership ring on the finger, but the Sydney Roosters skipper isn't lacking for motivation when it comes to the NRL finals.

Put simply, Anasta wants to dominate a post season.

Like the way Brad Fittler did in steering the Roosters to the 2002 title or Darren Lockyer with Brisbane in 2006.

Don't confuse this with arrogance, this is just the newly-crowned Dally M captain of the year's way of challenging himself to continue leading from the front.

"I played a lot of finals when I was a young fella and I'm probably in a good position now where I know what it's like, I know what it takes," said Anasta, who won his only premiership with the Bulldogs as a 22-year-old in 2004.

"I'm probably a bit under the radar too, I don't have the pressures on me that I've had in the past.

"We've got some great players in our team so I can go about my business quietly and I'm really looking forward to it.

"It's a finals series that I'm excited about ... I'm not ready for it to finish. I'm feeling like I'm getting fresher as the year goes on."

And that means trouble for the opposition, starting with Wests Tigers in Saturday night's qualifying final.

Anasta's shift from pivot to lock and the emergence of Todd Carney in the No.6 jumper has given the Roosters an array of attacking options the envy of their finals rivals.

Throw in NSW Origin halfback Mitchell Pearce, former Test star Anthony Minichiello at fullback and one of the most improved players in the competition in Shaun Kenny-Dowall in the centres, and the Roosters boast strike power right across the park.

It's why Anasta isn't satisfied with what the side has achieved in just making the finals, despite the despair of last season's wooden spoon finish.

"For me, playing the semis before and being in this position before, I know you can't be satisfied with what we've done," Anasta said.

"This doesn't come around too often - we got the wooden spoon last year and we've got a chance to win the comp now.

"You've got to make the most of your opportunities and we can't just be happy with what we've achieved this year even though it's been great."

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