Australian rugby league representative Steph Hanock with her father Rohan.
Australian rugby league representative Steph Hanock with her father Rohan. CONTRIBUTED

Father's NRLW hype lifts Steph's confidence

RUGBY LEAGUE: There's no bigger fan of Steph Hancock than her father Rohan.

The former great left an incredible mark on the game in his own right, playing his senior football with Wattles in the TRL and Eastern Suburbs before going on to represent Queensland and Australia.

It's why Steph said he shared just as much excitement for her involvement in the game as she did.

"It (NRLW) gives dad something to watch,” Steph said.

"He watches every game 20 times. He rings me every day and asks who's injured and who is playing where.

"He loves it just as much as I do.”

She said her father made the effort to get to as many games as possible, which had had a great influence on her career to date.

"Dad travelled down for the Origin, he came to the grand final and to New Zealand for the test,” she said.

"All the girls treat him like he's their father. He talks them up more than me.”

They had plenty to cheer about in the opening round of the season last week, with the Broncos producing a 14-4 victory over St George Illawarra.

Brisbane has the chance to all-but secure their second grand final berth in as many years tomorrow afternoon when they face off with the Sydney Roosters.

The Roosters went down in their season opener to the Warriors, and need a win to keep their grand final hopes alive.

Apart from the success on the field, the NRLW continues to kick goals off it, with solid television ratings on Fox League and Channel Nine from the first week.

Hancock said the production behind the game was enhancing the viewing experience, which in turn was greatly assisting the promotion of women's sport.

Brisbane Broncos vs Sydney Roosters appears live and in HD on Fox Sports and Kayo from 5pm tomorrow.