Brisbane Broncos Claim Inaugural Women's NRL Premiership
The inaugural Women's NRL Premiership title is heading north, after a convincing 34-12 win by the Brisbane Broncos over the Sydney Roosters.
A match that has been more than 30 years in the making, the inaugural Women's NRL Premiership Grand Final lived up to the competition's slogan "It's the Same Game. Our Way".
It was always going to be a big ask for the women of the east to pick up a win, as the Broncos had gone undefeated in the round robin matches.
But it was the Roosters who put points on the board first, with a penalty goal inside the first two minutes.
But a fumble in the restart put the Broncos in prime position to fire back, and that they did. A Broncos cut-out pass from the third tackle play-the-ball set up Kimiora Nati for some fancy footwork around the defensive line to put herself over for four.
Matched fairly evenly for the first 10 minutes, the game looked like it was going to be tight, with scores locked at 6-all after Tazmin Gray went over after catching the ball off her own teammate's head.
But the Broncos' quick hands and pace proved too much for the Roosters, as the points were piled on by the Queenslanders.
Deadly down the wings, the Broncos terrorised with speed and strength, as Nati got her second, while veteran Heather Ballinger, Ngatokotoru Arakua and Lavinia Gould all added their names to the score sheet.
The teams hit the sheds at half-time with the Broncos leading 28-6.
The Roosters came out in the second half with renewed vigour, defending well against a relentless Broncos attack, led by fullback Chelsea Baker who was ruthless around the ruck.
Showing they were not a team to roll over, they were the first to score in the second half, as they tried to claw their way back into the game.
But it was all for nought, as the Broncos went over for the final try of the game for an unassailable 22-point lead with 12 minutes remaining.
Knowing they were the on track for the history-making title, the Broncos bench couldn't contain their excitement as the tears began to flow before the the full-time whistle.
The Roosters faithful will be hoping this match doesn't serve as an omen for the NRL Grand Final later in the night.
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