Friend praised assistant coach Trent Robinson for shoring-up the Roosters tackling, which appeared to be a forgotten art earlier this year when they conceded 60 points against the Bulldogs in round three.
"Robbo has got us working as a team much better in defence," Friend said.
"We also do a lot of technique drills and wrestling after training.
"We knew we'd need tough defence to compete in the finals.
"We have a different plan for different teams each week, but in the end it all comes down to having a good attitude."
This is particularly welcome to the suffering Catalans fans, because the club's defensive performances have been shocking this year under departing coach Kevin Walters.
There will be plenty of attacking talent in the Catalans squad, with the running games of Greenshields, Bosc, and Farrar, the field kicking talents of Bosc and Dureau, and the strong muscled pack of forwards. But a strong defence is essential to win games, so Robinson's obvious talent in developing that realm of the game for the former NRL wooden spooners the Sydney Roosters augurs well for the current SL wooden spooners Les Catalans' prospects in 2011.
Edited by ParisSurtout, 27 September 2010 - 08:19 PM.