Broncos outclass Roosters in NRLW grand final preview

Broncos outclass Roosters in NRLW grand final preview

Now this is a Broncos team their fans can feel proud of.

Brisbane will go in as firm favourites to defend their NRLW title after defeating the Roosters 24-16 in a grand final preview at ANZ Stadium. Just weeks after their male counterparts earned the wooden spoon, the Broncos will attempt to win their third premiership from as many attempts.

Brigginshaw crashes over.

Brigginshaw crashes over.Credit:Getty

In a further blow for the Roosters, Nita Maynard was placed on report for a crusher tackle and could join cross-code star Charlotte Caslick (back fractures) on the sideline for the decider.

The tricolours rested a number of players, but it will still take a considerable turnaround to reverse this result. They got within two points early in the second half when halfback Melanie Howard scored a superb solo try. But that's as close as they got as the Broncos inflicted some psychological blows ahead of the decider with a four tries to three victory.


When the scores were close, Brisbane's biggest names stepped up. Ali Brigginshaw set up form fullback Tamika Upton to open up some breathing space before the halfback scored an individual try of her own. The Dally M medal could finally be within the Jillaroos captain's grasp.

Shannon Mato was promoted to starting prop for the Broncos and will likely retain her place after this performance. By the time she came off after her first stint, she had already churned through 90 metres from 10 runs.

Broncos skipper Ali Brigginshaw charges into the Roosters defence.

Broncos skipper Ali Brigginshaw charges into the Roosters defence.Credit:Getty

It set the platform for the Broncos to open up a 12-0 lead courtesy of two converted tries in just three minutes.

Tarryn Aiken scored the first, despite suggestions of an obstruction and a double movement in the lead up. There was no doubt about the second, a perfectly executed backline sweep to the right from a centrefield scrum. Meg Ward finished off the movement and then slotted a sideline conversion to open up a commanding lead.

The Roosters finished the half with 54 per cent possession but had only one try to show for it. It came courtesy of Taleena Simon in her return season. With son Eli watching on, the winger crossed to raise hopes of an upset. It wasn't enough.

In the earlier match, St George Illawarra went from runners up last year to wooden spooners after a 22-10 loss to the Warriors. It ends a disappointing season for the injury-hit Dragons, who didn't manage to win a game all year. The joint-venture outfit could field only 16 players against in a fast and open encounter.