After beating Calgary within the CFL West semifinal, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have earned the fitting to tackle the Winnipeg Blue Bombers within the West last, establishing a rematch of the 2019 divisional last.
“You concentrate on this chance at hand for the blokes in that locker room, particularly the blokes that have been right here in 2019, and it’s not each day the place you get an opportunity the next 12 months to go in and proper your errors,” stated Riders quarterback Cody Fajardo.
This time round, although, the Riders are hoping to do what the Bombers did to them two years in the past and win within the different workforce’s stadium. In truth, that recreation nonetheless serves as motivation to many gamers from the 2019 Rider workforce.
“It’s what we wished,” stated Riders kick returner Jamal Morrow. “To go to their crib and do the identical factor they did to us final 12 months, that’s our mindset.
“We haven’t forgot that.”
Not solely did the Bombers win the 2019 West last, earlier than advancing to the Gray Cup, however the Blue and Gold additionally gained each conferences in opposition to Saskatchewan this season, outscoring the Inexperienced and White 56-17 within the two video games. It has been greater than two months since these conferences, however the Riders know what they should do on Sunday.
“We’ve to play our greatest recreation so as to have an opportunity to win the sport over there,” stated Fajardo. “It’s going to be hostile and the whole lot’s going to be in opposition to us. The chips are going to be stacked in opposition to us and I believe we wouldn’t need it another means.”
The Riders are hoping to make use of the underdog mentality on this recreation, realizing that the stress is on Winnipeg to win and get to the Gray Cup after being the highest workforce within the league all season lengthy, highlighted by their 11-3 document and 15 West Division all-star nods.
“We had two all-stars, that they had 15,” stated Roughriders head coach Craig Dickenson. “Are they that a lot better than us? I don’t suppose so. And I don’t suppose our guys imagine that.
“It’s one recreation and one recreation with a number of stress on them, and a few on us, however a number of stress on them to point out they’re worthy of that primary seed.”
Kickoff within the West last is ready for 3 p.m. on Sunday at IG Subject in Winnipeg.
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