Melbourne Storm captain Jesse Bromwich knows history is against his side heading into the finals, but he believes this is the year that a team from outside the top four will finally break through to win the NRL premiership.
Teams from outside the top four have made grand finals in the past, with Melbourne’s premiership-winning side of 2017 proving way too strong for the Cowboys who just snuck into eighth spot.
But records are made to be broken, and Bromwich believes this year’s champion could come from the Storm, Roosters, Rabbitohs and Raiders.
“This is the year that it’s going to happen, or at least I hope so,” he told the NCA NewsWire, hoping the Storm can go all the way from fifth.
“If I look at the teams outside the top four, it’s a wide-open competition. Some of the form teams are outside of the top four, and momentum heading into the finals is big.
“I don’t think we feel like we deserved anything when it came to finishing higher.
“We had a game against Parramatta for fourth and we lost it. We didn’t play our best footy but we were right in the contest, so we take some confidence out of that.
“If we play our best footy, then we can do anything in this competition.”