27 Sep 2011

Luck has a lot to do with Warriors run to grand final

12:12 pm on 27 September 2011

He doesn't come with the wraps afforded to some of his Warriors team-mates, but lock Michael Luck is quietly emerging as the driving force behind the side's charge to the National Rugby League title.

Luck's return from a knee injury midway through the year snapped a four-game losing streak - the Warriors having won nine of 12 games heading into Sunday's grand final since regaining the tackling machine in round 18.

It is a run which has also coincided with the emergence of rookie halfback Shaun Johnson, but Warriors coach Ivan Cleary says Luck's influence on the side could not be underestimated.

Luck's toughness in the middle of the ruck was there for all to see in Saturday night's preliminary final win over Melbourne.

Not only were the Storm held scoreless in the second half, but they struggled to even get out of their own half for much of the period, again dispelling the Warriors' reputation as a side which relies on the flamboyant to beat sides.

Three times this year Luck has topped 50 tackles, and only twice this year has he come up with less than 30.

One of those occasions was when he did his knee against the Tigers in round 13 - when he still produced 20 tackles in 29 minutes.