NRLW Grand Final 2020: Brisbane Broncos insist they are underdogs for big game despite winning form

The Broncos have played one home game in three seasons.

They‘re booed every game they play.

In 2020, they‘re the only team who have endured the longest travel time.

Meg Ward, Ali Brigginshaw and Julia Robinson have been with the Broncos since the outset.Source:News Corp Australia


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This is why Brisbane‘s NRLW playing group are claiming the underdog status leading into this year’s grand final against the Roosters and they’re relishing it.

One of Brisbane’s foundation players – Meg Ward – drew the ire of Roosters coach Jamie Feeney last week after she claimed the Broncos were the underdog side in the NRLW competition.

“They‘ve won all the competitions,” Feeney said in the aftermath of last week’s 24-16 Brisbane victory.

“There was a story this week that they were underdogs but I don‘t know how they work that out.

“(Broncos coach Kelvin Wright) Kelvin‘s done well to spin that into their heads.

“They‘re not underdogs, no-one believes that.

Jamie Feeney won’t hear of the Broncos being underdogs.Source:News Corp Australia

“They‘re favourites for a reason.

“They‘ve won two premierships and have only ever lost one game in how ever many they’ve played.”

But the Brisbane playing group have hit back at questions over whether they can be considered underdogs despite their undefeated 2020 season.

It is worth noting the Warriors have had a tough 2020 season as well, having had to uproot their lives and stay in Sydney for the duration of the NRLW competition.

For the Broncos though, the constant travel to Sydney and lack of home games has only added fuel to the fire.

Brisbane captain and Dally M Female Player of the Year Ali Brigginshaw said the club was embracing the setbacks.

The Roosters are fired up for their shot at the Broncos.Source:Getty Images

“We don’t have the home crowd,” Brigginshaw said.

“When we go there (Sydney), everyone’s cheering for everyone but us and the boys get that too.

“The Brisbane Broncos aren’t loved wherever they go.

“We don’t go out to try and win people over. We just play our game.

“The more people that put us down gives us more fire.

“You see that when we run out that we take each game like it’s a grand final.”

Ali Brigginshaw says the booing from the crowd just fires them up.Source:News Corp Australia

The club may hold back-to-back NRLW premierships but this year’s team only has five of their maiden 2018 premiership winning players.

Ward said her playing group always seemed to be written off in the pre-season in favour of the Sydney-based clubs.

“For me, it’s a lot about what happens before the season,” Ward said.

“You watch the interviews and predictions and it’s always focused on the Roosters and Dragons.

“We just seem to be the team that people write us off a bit.

“And to me, that’s what makes us the underdogs.

“We thrive on that.”

The Broncos beat the Roosters last weekend.Source:News Corp Australia

The Broncos are heavy favourites with the bookies for Sunday’s blockbuster grand final against the Roosters but the players aren’t letting that faze them.

Instead, they will run onto ANZ Stadium motivated by the notion that they’re playing on the Roosters home turf, 900km south of their home, chasing a third straight premiership title.

Star fullback Tamika Upton said everything about this year’s grand final week was completely different to what they are used to.

“Obviously it‘s an amazing feeling to be back in the grand final but the preparation is a little bit different this year with the isolation,” Upton said.

“We wanted to win every game this year … it‘s not over yet. We still have the game on Sunday.”

Originally published asBroncos underdog mentality angers Roosters

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