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The Roosters Crow: Breaking New Ground Against Titans

The Sydney Roosters take on one of the new additions of the NRLW on Sunday afternoon, with both sides vying for their first win of the season.

Form Guide: Sydney Roosters vs Gold Coast Titans

The Roosters and Titans meet for the first time in the NRLW at WIN Stadium, with both sides coming off first-round losses against the Broncos and Dragons respectively - which makes this match up all the more interesting. 

Easts were brave in their spirited performance against the reigning Premiers, while the Titans fought to the death in their contest against the Dragons, so expect another close one this weekend when these clubs meet for the very first time. 

John Strange will face off against his former mentor and former Roosters' Head Coach Jamie Feeney in the coaches' box, while there will be a number of matchups across the park for Roosters Members and supporters to look forward to witnessing throughout the 70 minutes. 

Isabelle Kelly's Try-Saving Effort

How They Line Up: 

John Strange has named a strong squad this week, which includes Captain Corban Baxter and experienced front rower Samantha Economos, both of whom have been named on the extended bench following late omissions last week. 

Brydie Parker will start at fullback alongside Leianne Tufuga, Jess Sergis and Isabelle Kelly, with Claire Reed named to make her much-anticipated NRLW debut on the wing. 

Jocelyn Kelleher has been named at five-eighth alongside Raecene McGregor, who will make her debut in the starting side for the Roosters at halfback.

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 Brydie Parker
    Fullback for Titans is number 1 Evania Pelite
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Leianne Tufuga
    Winger for Titans is number 2 Karina Brown
  • Centre for Roosters is number 3 Jessica Sergis
    Centre for Titans is number 3 Jasmine Peters
  • Centre for Roosters is number 4 Isabelle Kelly
    Centre for Titans is number 4 Tiana Raftstrand-Smith
  • Winger for Roosters is number 11 Yasmin Clydsdale
    Winger for Titans is number 5 Lauren Dam
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Jocelyn Kelleher
    Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Grace Griffin
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Raecene McGregor
    Halfback for Titans is number 7 Kimiora Breayley-Nati


  • Prop for Roosters is number 10 Tayla Predebon
    Prop for Titans is number 8 Shannon Mato
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Olivia Higgins
    Hooker for Titans is number 9 Brittany Breayley-Nati
  • Prop for Roosters is number 23 Mya Hill-Moana
    Prop for Titans is number 10 Stephanie Hancock
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 8 Sarah Togatuki
    2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Zara Canfield
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Olivia Kernick
    2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Tazmin Gray
  • Lock for Roosters is number 13 Hannah Southwell
    Lock for Titans is number 13 Destiny Brill


  • Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Shawden Burton
    Interchange for Titans is number 14 Georgia Hale
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Keilee Joseph
    Interchange for Titans is number 15 Jessika Elliston
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Zahara Temara
    Interchange for Titans is number 17 Shaniah Power
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Simone Karpani
    Interchange for Titans is number 19 April Ngatunpuna


  • Reserve for Roosters is number 18 Joeli Morris
    Reserve for Titans is number 20 Hailee-Jay Ormond-Maunsell

Match Officials

  • Senior Review Official: Chris Butler

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The front row of Sarah Togatuki, Olivia Higgins and Tayla Predebon has been retained from last week, as has the back row featuring Yasmin Meakes, Olivia Kernick and Hannah Southwell, who has been named as captain. 

Shawden Burton, Keilee Joseph, Zahara Temara and Simone Karpani have been named on the interchange bench, with Joeli Morris listed as 18th person. 

Corban Baxter has been named on the extended bench alongside Lauretta Leao-Seve, Otesa Pule, Samantha Economos, Mya Hill-Moana and Taylor-Adeline Mapusua.

The Titans have named a relatively similar line up to last week, with former Jillaroos and State of Origin rep Steph Hancock taking her place in the starting side, while Indigenous All Stars centre Jasmine Peters has been called into the backline alongside former Rooster Karina Brown. 

Sergis' First Game in Red, White and Blue

Key Match Up: Hannah Southwell vs Georgia Hale

Australian and New South Wales representative Hannah Southwell comes up against experienced Kiwi ace in Georgia Hall in the middle of the field this Sunday afternoon.

Headgear-clad Southwell is renowned as one of the hardest hitters in the competition, with one of, if not the best tackling technique in the NRLW, evidenced by her 95.6% tackle efficiency in the opening round match against the Brisbane Broncos. 

Despite being just 22 years of age, she has been earmarked as a leader on and off the field, having taken over the captaincy duties from Corban Baxter in recent weeks - and will do so again against the Titans this week. 

Kernick Gets Roosters on Board

Her opposite at WIN Stadium will be Georgia Hale, a nine-time New Zealand representative and an inaugural member of the NRLW who possesses similar defensive prowess, and is one of the key members of the Gold Coast in their first season in the top grade. 

With wet conditions predicted in Wollongong on Sunday, this will be a battle through the middle of the park, and you can certainly expect these two lock forwards will have plenty of say in the outcome of the match. 

Your Verdict

History will be written in Wollongong come fulltime on Sunday afternoon as the Sydney Roosters and Gold Coast Titans meet for the very first time in the NRLW.

Both sides will be determined to get their first competition points of the season, and with a forward-oriented battle predicted, this one could be anything. 

Be sure to grab your tickets here, cheer on the mighty Roosters at WIN Stadium this Sunday and enjoy the family-friendly kick-off time of 1:50pm as the NRLW continues its strong start in another blockbusting triple header!

Acknowledgement of Country

Sydney Roosters respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.