Brisbane Broncos coach Kevin Walters insists the Dolphins are not their rivals as they build up to next week’s blockbuster Brisbane derby begins.
The Broncos continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 40-18 thrashing of the Dragons on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium.
This means that both Brisbane clubs will go into next week’s match at Suncorp as equal top of the ladder, with the game to kickoff on Friday night at 8pm (AEDT).
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Following the thumping win against St George, Walters wasn’t too keen on speaking about the upcoming Dolphins match, instead stating the team would worry about that contest on Monday.
“I haven’t even thought about next week. We’ll fix up our defence, work hard and get ready for the team we’re playing next week,” Walters said.
“We’re going to enjoy tonight’s win and (won’t) put that to bed until tomorrow or Monday and then we’ll get ready for our game next week.
“I guess that’s why the Dolphins were put in Brisbane, to create that rivalry, but we’re not rivals of the Dolphins – we’re the Broncos. That’s our club, that’s who we are and that’s our mindset, we are the Broncos.”
Dolphins boss Wayne Bennett was a little more open talk about the Brisbane derby after his team won their third consecutive match against Newcastle on Friday night.
The master coach feels there is no stress on his team as his players will be chomping at the bit to play in one of the NRL’s biggest matches.
“There’s no pressure this week. It’s (the derby) the easiest game in the world to coach,” Bennett said.
“Everybody wants to play in it. If you’re a football player you want to be there at the best stadium in Australia. I don’t think anyone will need motivating to be there.”
The Dolphins have surprised in the early stages of the season, defeating the Roosters (28-18), Raiders (20-14) and Knights (36-20) in their opening three matches.
Skipper Jesse Bromwich was delighted with the team’s start to the campaign.
“Being able to win games, especially early on in the season, is really important. I’m really happy with the way the boys are able to respond to things that are going wrong on the field,” Bromwich said.
“We’re a new team, we’ve only been together since January, and obviously it’s going to take time to build chemistry. But what we have got on our side is we’re a team full of workers. That’s working for us at the moment.”