Brisbane continued their dominance of the LNRW with an incredible three rounds after beating the Sydney Roosters 20-10 in Sunday’s grand final Continuing an era of excellence for the Queensland team, the Broncos took a 12-0 lead early but were pushed by a determined Roosters team into a wet ANZ stadium
It was a courageous victory for the Broncos led by skipper Ali Brigginshaw who earlier in the week received the Dally M medal The Jillaroos star was moved from halftime to lock before the game and threw a pass Smart for Tallisha Harden for game sealer in the 45th minute
Remarkably, in three years of NRLW competition, the Broncos have lost just one game and won the first three titles
The Roosters faced a huge challenge in the first half, responding in early setbacks with two powerful tries. High completions helped them build up the pressure late in the first half as Yasmin Meakes and Quincy Dodd crossed paths to reduce the deficit to two points at halftime
But the Broncos were quick to respond when towering pillar Chelsea Lenarduzzi bulldozed from near the line in the 35th minute to move forward with a converted try And despite a fiery fight from the Roosters, the Broncos had the class to hang on for their fifth straight win
Amber Hall of Brisbane made a frantic return to the pitch after serving a week’s suspension for a dangerous tackle against Isabelle Kelly of St George Illawarra in the second round
The Broncos’ second rower made two first-half tries in eight minutes and was difficult to manage on the left edge, finishing with 141 yards, four tackle breaks, three offloads and a line break
The first points came after Hall’s quick ball play, allowing half-back Tarryn Aitken to break the line at 40 yards and throw an inside ball at Tamika Upton to score her fifth try of the season. , Hall did it all herself when she propelled the defense to 30 yards, knocking out the players to score and opening up a 12-0 lead.
For the Roosters, full-back Botille Vette-Welsh made a comeback featuring a hamstring injury, while Hannah Southwell and Sarah Togatuki were equally strong It was the second major final loss for the Roosters who also went to the Broncos 34-12 in the NRLW’s inaugural season in 2018
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