Mounties’ women’s rugby league coach Paul Bent said playing the grand final at ANZ Stadium was just reward for the efforts put in by all the players and an indication of where the women’s game was heading.
Mounties take on minor premiers South Sydney in the inaugural decider on Friday at ANZ Stadium before the Roosters and Rabbitohs NRL clash. The black and golds have enjoyed the week off after defeating the Rabbitohs 14-12 in the major semi final.
The Bunnies bounced back on Saturday to defeat Cabramatta 26-12 at Leichhardt Oval to set up a rematch with Mounties.
“They have worked hard to get there and earned the opportunity to play against a champion team. It should be a good occasion,” Bent told the Champion.
“It’s great for the women to be recognised for their efforts on the big stage.”
Bent confirmed NSW origin star Simaima Taufa will play in the final after being forced from the ground with injury last start.
She will be squaring off against four of her NSW teammates, including captain Maddison Studdon.
“Souths biggest strength is their experience,” Bent said.
“They are strong and fast and we have to do all the little things right to match them. For us, we need to respect the football and play our game.”
The grand final forms part of the NRL’s Women in League round. Kick-off: 5.30pm.