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Team mates embarrass Locky

Wayne Heming 03/09/2011 02:00:01 PM Comments (0)

For a brief moment, Mr Cool Darren Lockyer, looked helpless.

A prank at training at Red Hill on Saturday morning showed Brisbane's young side were relaxed and happy a week out from the NRL finals as they left their skipper standing alone in front of some 1500 fans who broke out in applause.

Lockyer jogged out from the team's change rooms onto the field but when he turned around to pass the ball to a team mate, found himself all alone.

A slightlyembarrassed Lockyer waved his arms at teammate to join him but with captain-in-waiting Sam Thaiday blocking the doorway he was forced to endure the moment.

"They've always got a bit of play in them they never have to look far for a joke," grinned Griffin.

"They all respect Locky and that was their little way of showing him that before training today."

Griffin hasn't noticed anything different about his captain despite a hectic week in which he launched his autobiography.

"He's been his normal cool self," he said.

"I think he's enjoying the fact that he's coming to the end of his career.

"He's really enjoying the environment of being around his team mates at the moment.

"I haven't seen him impatient or annoyed with what's going on. I think he's enjoying it in his own quiet way."

Lockyer spoke to the players last week about letting him handle the pressure of his book launch and all the hype associated with his "last" game against Manly on Sunday.

"There were no General MacArthur speeches he just wanted to make the boys aware there would be a few things going on," he said.

"As normally with Locky it was understated and humble."

Sitting among the 52,000 fans on Sunday will be Lockyer's mentor and Dragons coach Wayne Bennett who always planned to be at his special game.

Depending on results on Sunday, they could be rivals in the first round of the finals.

"They spent most of their career together the two of them," said Griffin when asked about Bennett's decision to attend the game to support his former four-time premiership-winning skipper.

"It's a real credit to him (Bennett) that he's found time at this time of the year with his schedule to get up here for Locky's last game.

"It just shows the respect he's got for Locky."

Bennett is unlikely to go to the Brisbane's rooms before or after the game but if he did, Griffin said he'd be welcome.

"Wayne is always welcome," said Griffin.

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