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Roosters v Broncos: NRLW Round 2 preview

Two of the pre-season favourites go head-to-head in round two of the NRL Holden Women's Premiership on Friday night in a clash that could make or break the final standings for both sides.

The Roosters are looking to keep their grand final aspirations alive after a shock loss to the Warriors last week, while Brisbane can all but book their spot in the decider with another dominant win.

Many predicted these two clubs to face off in the inaugural NRLW final on September 30, but the Roosters' round one defeat has left them with it all to play for.

The Tricolours are hopeful inspirational leader Ruan Sims will return from a hamstring injury in a boost for the side, who struggled to find in-roads against a defensively sound Warriors outfit.

Brisbane couldn't have produced a slicker performance in attack in their win over the Dragons with Paul Dyer's side now searching for an element of consistency to their game after a history-making performance.

Key match-up: Ali Brigginshaw v Maddie Studdon: The pair of Jillaroos were teammates at last year's World Cup and now go head-to-head for the second time since the NRL Holden State of Origin fixture. Studdon had the last say in the interstate clash but Brigginshaw's form has been electric in 2018. The kicking games and creativity from both are likely to dictate the result.

For the Roosters to win: They'll need to complete their sets a lot better than last week and match it with the Broncos through the middle. Their biggest strength against the Broncos is their talent out wide. Brisbane's back five missed 17 tackles against the Dragons compared to the Roosters' five last week. With Isabelle Kelly and Shontelle Stowers in the centres, it could be the target area for the Tricolours to find points.

NRLW Roosters v Broncos - Round 2

For the Broncos to win: They have to tighten their defence. The Broncos conceded 62 tackle breaks despite a 26-point victory over the Dragons. The Roosters will have too much strike power if that happens again. Brisbane have the strength across the park with their set plays earning huge raps over the weekend and they'll need to prove again it isn't a one-off performance.

And another thing: The Broncos' average play-the-ball speed (3.64 seconds) was the fastest of the women's sides in the opening round. The Warriors were just behind at 3.66 seconds, while defeated sides the Roosters (4.05 seconds) and Dragons (4.13 seconds) recorded more than half a second slower at the ruck.

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Roosters: Ruan Sims starts at prop and Sharon McGrady is in on the wing, with Karina Brown moving to fullback. Simaima Taufa has been promoted to the bench at the expense of Sarah Togatuki, while Botille Vette-Welsh was cut an hour before kick-off. Brydie Parker and Quincy Dodd were omitted on Thursday.

Broncos: Meg Ward replaces Amelia Kuk in the centres with Karley Te Kawa starting on the wing. Chelsea lenarduzzi will start at prop, with Stephanie Hancock dropping to the bench. Tallisha Harden and Amelia Kuk were cut an hour prior to kick-off.