Preparation is everything: Harris

In the build up to a Preliminary final nothing is more important than preparation.

While all eyes will be on the 80 minutes of football that gets played out on AAMI Park this Saturday the contest is already underway.

In the training sessions, film room and gym, both teams are looking to get ahead, striving for that edge that will prove the difference between losing and a spot in the NRL Grand Final.

That concept is certainly not lost on Craig Bellamy’s side.

“It is huge, especially for such a big game,” Tohu Harris said.

“Your preparation is everything. You’ve got to make sure you do every single little thing right to be prepared for such a big game.

“The simpler your focus, the better off you’ll be.”

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The Raiders earned the right to travel to Melbourne after holding off the Panthers 22-12 on the weekend.

That win has Canberra reached the Preliminary final stage for the first time since 1997 and they will take plenty of confidence into the game having defeated the Storm back in Round 23.

“I didn’t watch too much of it (the Panthers game) but I know what is going to turn up on Saturday night,” Harris said.

“They’re going to be an aggressive side, aggressive defensively and hard to handle in attack.

“They’ve got big bodies who run hard and break a lot of tackles so it is going to be a huge challenge.