Be­lief won it for Roar: Bennett

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

RUGBY league su­per­coach Wayne Bennett be­lieves ex­cep­tional self-be­lief helped Bris­bane Roar pull off one of the more re­mark­able ti­tle wins in re­cent Aus­tralian sport­ing his­tory.

Down 2-0 with four min­utes of ex­tra time re­main­ing, the Roar scored twice be­fore win­ning a penalty shoot-out 4 - 2 , g i v i n g c o a c h A n g e Postecoglou a record to ri­val Bennett’s im­pec­ca­ble grand fi­nal strike rate.

Postecoglou claimed a fifth ti­tle win ( two as a player and three as coach with two dif­fer­ent clubs) from five at­tempts, el­e­vat­ing him into a s p e c i a l c o a c h i n g l e a g u e along with Bennett who has won seven pre­mier­ships, also with two clubs, from seven ap­pear­ances.

Bennett said the way the Roar fought back from a seem­ingly hope­less po­si­tion was ‘‘ typ­i­cal be­lief’’.

‘‘ One thing I can say is a coach has to have good play­ers to win big games and those play­ers have to have be­lief,’’ Bennett said.

Bennett said 27 games with­out a loss had given the play­ers be­lief they could do any­thing.

‘‘ To go that long with­out los­ing they would have come from po­si­tions of im­pos­si­bil­ity,’’ he said.

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