Wilmore relishes Steamers' underdog tag


TOM Wilmore expects the Albury Wodonga Steamers to be the underdogs on Saturday — and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

The versatile Englishman is part of a backline that is finding its feet in the finals.

Wilmore is likely to play at fullback in the grand final against Griffith after scoring the try that sealed the Steamers’ preliminary final win last weekend.

Wilmore said he did the easy bit.

“It was great to score that try but it came off a good break by Tommy Boyle and pretty handy flick pass from Richard Manion,” he said.

“With Waratahs getting to within five points late in the game it was getting a little nervy.

“But the backs are coming good at the right time — we have stepped up for the finals.”

Wilmore missed the last home and away game against the Blacks with concussion.

“I watched that game from the sidelines and they are very beatable,” he said.

“We’ll be the underdogs, but we were the underdogs last week as well — in some ways that suits us just fine.

“Griffith’s strength is they like to throw the ball around, but that can play into our hands as well.

“If we can keep possession and stick to our structures, we can starve them of the ball.

“In the last four or five games the forwards have been hitting the rucks, and that sets up a platform from where we can attack too.”

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