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The NRLW continues tonight with the Brisbane Broncos taking on the Sydney Roosters at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 5:05pm AEST.
In an abbreviated competition such as the NRLW, every match is crucial. Losing one match puts your season in danger. Two losses and your season is over. That is the position the Roosters finds themselves this Saturday night, when they must beat last year’s premiers, the Broncos, to keep their season alive.
The Broncos got their season off to a winning start last weekend, comfortably beating the Dragons 14-4. Halves Ali Brigginshaw and Raecene McGregor created plenty of chances behind a dominant pack and the Broncos showed why they are still undefeated in the NRLW.
In team changes, Julia Robinson returns on the wing, replacing Tamika Upton who picked up a leg injury last weekend. Chelsea Lenarduzzi has recovered from an ankle injury and has been named on the interchange bench.
The Roosters suffered an upset 16-12 loss to the Warriors last weekend. Whilst the Roosters back 5 made plenty of metres coming out of their half, the Roosters pack was disappointing.
As a result, the last tackle options were made under pressure and stars of the game like Isabelle Kelly simply didn’t get enough ball.
Simone Smith replaces Mel Howard in the halves. Backrower Hannah Southwell has been named but will need to pass a number of concussion protocols to take her place on the field.
With their season on the line, the Roosters will be up for this game.
The bad news for them is that they come up against a team that hasn’t lost a game since the NRLW was established.
With such a short season, the Broncos have hit the ground running and I expect them to win in a tight one.
Broncos by 4
When: 5:05pm AEST
Where: AAMI Park, Melbourne
TV: 9GEM, Fox League
Online: Livepass, Kayo
1. Chelsea Baker 2. Julia Robinson 3. Amy Turner 4. Amber Pilley 5. Meg Ward 6. Raecene McGregor 7. Ali Brigginshaw 8. Millie Boyle 9. Lavinia Gould 10. Amber Hall 11. Annette Brander 12. Tazmin Gray 13. Rona Peters
Interchange 14. Tarryn Aiken 15. Steph Hancock 16. Mariah Storch 17. Chelsea Lenarduzzi
1. Corban McGregor 2. Karina Brown 3. Shontelle Stowers 4. Isabelle Kelly 5. Kiana Takairangi 6. Kirra Dibb 7. Simone Smith 8. Ruan Sims 9. Nita Maynard 10. Vanessa Foliaki 11. Tallisha Harden 12. Hannah Southwell 13. Simaima Taufa-Kautai
Interchange: 14. Zahara Temara 15. Rebecca Young 16. Aliti Namoce 17. Caitlan Johnston