Ei­ther way, it’s go Queens­land

The Courier-Mail - - OPINION -

COM­BINED crowds of 80,000 peo­ple watched two in­cred­i­bly gutsy per­for­mances in the NRL fi­nals se­ries over the week­end.

A com­bi­na­tion of ticker and self be­lief saw both the Cow­boys and the Bron­cos storm – and we use that word de­lib­er­ately – a step closer to a pos­si­ble re­peat of the epic clash that was the 2015 grand fi­nal.

The odds of that hap­pen­ing are still long, and ac­cord­ing to the book­ies nei­ther Queens­land team is ex­pected to make it past more fan­cied op­po­nents this week­end. We’ll see.

There are few things that fire up the Queens­land sport­ing spirit more than un­der­dog sta­tus; be­ing writ­ten as long shots against premier­ship favourites Mel­bourne Storm and the Syd­ney Roost­ers. Few pun­dits, in fact, ex­pected ei­ther team to get this far.

Now, all bets are off af­ter stel­lar ef­forts from both sides which fea­tured dis­plays of in­di­vid­ual bril­liance melded with united com­mit­ment.

This is not the usual time of year to be hear­ing col­lec­tive cries of “Queenslander!” but there is good rea­son to dare to dream.

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