It was a triumphant debut for Charlotte Caslick in game one that lead to an outstanding win to kick off their NRLW campaign in 2020.
After a disappointing season for the squad in 2019, the Roosters started off strong with an 18-4 win over the Illawarra St Georges Dragons at GIO stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Rugby 7’s sensation Charlotte Caslick was put on test today with her debut in the NRLW, making an immediate impact on the team. With effective and impactful running in the early going, there was no doubting her X factor with the ball in hand.
It was brilliant to see how Caslick has translated her skills from the 7s over to the NRLW, utilising her outstanding speed up the middle and her ability to keep the ball alive.
The rugby convert was able to succeed almost immediately after switching codes, showing off her unique skillset and ability to read the game.
NRLW Highlights | Roosters v Dragons
After not notching a win last season, the Roosters dominated the game from the start, showing plenty of confidence and and connection with their teamwork. The momentum gained from the first half, leading 12-4, did not evaporate until the final siren sounded.
The Roosters finished off strong with the final try to captain Corban McGregor with only three minutes left in the game, extending the lead to 18-4.
“The girls prepared really well for that, and they were ready and willing, and it showed with the energy they showed, especially early,” said head coach Jamie Feeney at the Press Conference.
“Our defence was enough to make sure we didn’t let the game away.”
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Unfortunately, the Roosters lost fullback Botille Vette-Welsh early in the game due to an ankle injury. She was looking good early, challenging the Dragons defence and making some half breaks early on. Vette-Welsh’s loss caused a re-shuffle for the squad, but they adapted well and kept up their pace.
With what was a quick preparation for the team, only 6 sessions, the Tricolours made a strong statement today with a try from dummy-half Nita Maynard, Quincy Dodd, and Corban McGregor to ice it.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the effort out there.
"The way they dug in and defended the line and worked hard for each other, it’s Roosters footy, and that’s what we are out there to play,” Feeney added.
This win will give the girls the confidence and positivity to move forward into round two, where they will take Broncos or Warriors next weekend.
Match: Roosters v Dragons
Round 1 -
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra