Super Brigginshaw guns for four in a row

November 20, 2022 02:17 AM AEDT | By AAPNEWS
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Ali Brigginshaw has dominated another World Cup final for Australia's Jillaroos - and now plans to go for four titles in a row in France.

The masterful Queensland halfback, fresh from picking up the player of the final award after her dazzling performance in the 54-4 triumph over New Zealand, reckoned she'd proved her point to those who felt one of the game's great players might be over the hill.

Asked on the Old Trafford pitch whether she might be back to win a third straight player of the final award in France three years hence, the 32-year-old Brigginshaw told the cheering crowd: "I hope so - I forgot what age I am!

"All the people that said I was too old, well I'm still here - and I'm going for France!"

Later, the Brisbane Broncos' star reflected: "It's probably been a challenging year, going in and out of form, I'll be the first to admit that.

"But I enjoy my footy and I feel comfortable in this jersey. When I have the support of the coaching staff and the girls, no matter what other people say, I know that the girls believe in me and that lets me play how I want to play and enjoy my footy.

"I don't think I'd want to put a stop on when I finished playing and I would hate someone to do that."

On this form, she has some golden years ahead. She may not have had the perfect day with her goalkicking - making only two of her five conversions - but everything else about her distribution with boot and hand put her on another plane.

Running the show with her tactical kicking and the odd lightning break, she pulled the strings from the start, putting the New Zealanders on the back foot as she ended up assisting on three of the Aussies' 10 tries.

"That was unbelievable from all the girls," she said. "We had a defence focus and I've never been a part of a group that can defend like that, that was something special."

She had a special word for coach Brad Donald. "He said he was really proud; we've been through so many years together and I can't thank Brad enough. 

"I love this jersey and love what he brings to this jersey too. His message at halftime (with the Aussies 20-0 ahead) was 'don't rest on your laurels, we never rest in defence'.

"Actually, we let them cross for a try and we're still kicking ourselves about that!"


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