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Perfect Timing for Shontelle Stowers

Sydney Roosters centre Shontelle Stowers has had a hot start to the inaugural NRLW season, but Sunday afternoon will be the ultimate test for the Samoan sensation.

Stowers has been a shining light in the squad over the three week regular season, with seven tackle breaks and averaging over 100 running metres.

Stowers is from a Union background, and it's an impressive background to say the least.

She was in the Australian 7s squad for three years, and even represented the Australian Wallaroos.

When asked about her deflection to rugby league, Stowers recalls the path being paved perfectly for her.

"I'd spent enough time in union, and league was always something I wanted to try," she said.

"The timing was perfect, and the opportunity arrived where I had my old 7s coach approach me to join the Sharks last year.

"That gave me a little bit of comfort and allowed a good transition into league."

Her impressive form isn't surprising to her teammates due to her background in union, but she's only been playing rugby league for a little over a year.

"I JUST switched over at the start of 2017.

"My first game for the Sharks last year was the first game of league I ever played.

"For me, it's still difficult to lose the training that's been instilled in me as a union player.

"My first couple of league games it took a while to get rid of some of those old urges, but I'm finding my way into it."

The Roosters Women's team will be playing in this week's NRLW Grand Final on the back of a clinical 26-0 win over the Dragons last Saturday night.

Though the season didn't start in perfect fashion for the team, it's starting to come together at crunch time.

"The first two games were very challenging for us individually and as a team.

"By game three though and just in time for the Grand Final, we found our groove.

"The footy gods rolled out the red carpet, we rolled up our sleeves and came away with a big win.

"Now it's all about rolling the sleeves up and going again this week."

Stowers has had three different wing partners over three weeks due to injury and positional changes.

Karina Brown was on the wing in game one, but shuffled to fullback from game two.

Sharon McGrady was injured late in game two, which led to young Brydie Parker debuting on the wing.

"I was actually just thinking about that today.

"I have had a wing rotation every week for the last three weeks.

"There's trust there though, I have trust in all of these girls.

"Yes there is a different player outside of me, but we are all working as one team.

"Whoever that person is outside of me, I will work with, they'll work with me and do the very best they can."

Not only did Brydie pull through injury free, but also scored a four-pointer in her first appearance for the Women's team.

Stowers may not have scored this season yet, but she was wrapped to see Brydie go over.

"I've been struggling to get over, but I was wrapped when Brydie did and on debut.

"You can't ask for anything else.

"I hope my try just around the corner, waiting to go.

"We'll see though, I really don't mind as long as we complete our sets and play well as a team."

There's one game to go and the feeling is good among the playing group.

When asked what she wants to see from the team this week, Stowers just wants to ride that winning feeling.

"The win last week has completely changed the tone for us.

"We were doing the work right up until that point, and then suddenly it all just clicked.

"That feeling after the win was just so incredible, so we'll take that feeling right through the training week and into the Grand Final.

"We've grown every week, we'll need to grow again and we need to get tighter."