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The Roosters Crow: Finals Rodeo at Leichhardt

The Sydney Roosters take on the Brisbane Broncos in the second match of the inaugural NRLW finals series - and everything is on the line with a Grand Final spot up for grabs.

Form Guide: Sydney Roosters vs Brisbane Broncos

After four years in the competition, the Roosters and Broncos are well acquainted with one another, having played in six contest, which of course includes two Grand Finals in 2018 and 2020 respectively. 

With the competition introducing a finals series for the first time, this will be the first matchup between the sides that will determine who qualifies for the 2021 Grand Final in Redcliffe next week. 

John Strange's side is coming off a close 16-10 defeat to the second-placed St George Illawarra Dragons, while the Broncos claimed their fourth consecutive Minor Premiership with a thumping 38-4 victory over the Parramatta Eels, which - ironically - propelled the Roosters to fourth spot on for and against. 

The last meeting between the two rivals saw Brisbane claim a 20-4 win - with the scoreline flattering the Broncos in what was a close affair that saw a number of Roosters make their NRLW debut way back in Round 1.

One month later, however, and the youngsters are now battle-hardened and have thrived with the demands of the NRLW, which will put them in pole position to claim a third Grand Final berth for Easts. 

NRLW Round 1 Match Highlights: Roosters vs Broncos

How They Line Up: 

After securing a place in the finals last week, John Strange has named his 24-player squad to take on the Broncos.

Captain Corban Baxter takes her place at fullback once again, joined by Leianne Tufuga, Jessica Sergis, Isabelle Kelly and Brydie Parker in the backline.

Zahara Temara has retained her spot at five-eighth, partnering Raecene McGregor in the halves.

Sarah Togatuki, Olivia Higgins and Mya Hill-Moana line up in the front row.

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Tamika Upton
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 Corban Baxter
  • Winger for Broncos is number 2 Julia Robinson
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Leianne Tufuga
  • Centre for Broncos is number 3 Amy Turner
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Jessica Sergis
  • Centre for Broncos is number 4 Shenae Ciesiolka
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Isabelle Kelly
  • Winger for Broncos is number 5 Emily Bass
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brydie Parker
  • Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Tarryn Aiken
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Zahara Temara
  • Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Ali Brigginshaw
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Raecene McGregor


  • Prop for Broncos is number 8 Millie Boyle
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Sarah Togatuki
  • Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Lauren Brown
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Olivia Higgins
  • Prop for Broncos is number 10 Chelsea Lenarduzzi
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Mya Hill-Moana
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Kaitlyn Phillips
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Yasmin Meakes
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Amber Hall
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Olivia Kernick
  • Lock for Broncos is number 13 Lavinia Gould
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Hannah Southwell


  • Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Hayley Maddick
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Jocelyn Kelleher
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Tallisha Harden
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Keilee Joseph
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Roxette Murdoch
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Tayla Predebon
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Sara Sautia
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Simone Karpani


  • Replacement for Broncos is number 18 Jada Ferguson
    Replacement for Roosters is number 18 Joeli Morris

Match Officials

  • Referee: Belinda Sharpe
  • Senior Review Official: Matt Noyen

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Rounding off the starting side is Yasmin Meakes and Olivia Kernick in the back row, while Hannah Southwell locks up the scrum in the no.13.

The interchange bench features Jocelyn Kelleher, Keilee Joseph, Tayla Predebon and Simone Karpani.

Joeli Morris has been named as 18th player.

Pani Hopoate, Lauretta Leao-Seve, Otesa Pule, Shawden Burton, Taylor-Adeline Mapusua and Teneka Todhunter round off the 24-player squad on the extended bench. 

Meanwhile, the Broncos will be boosted by the return of fullback Tamika Upton and winger Julia Robinson from injury, while the rest of their side remains intact from their Round 5 win over Parramatta.

Kelly Potent on the Left Edge

Key Match Up: Isabelle Kelly vs Shenae Ciesiolka 

Two of the competition's premier centres clash when Isabelle Kelly and Shenae Ciesiolka take the stage on Sunday afternoon.

In the pre-season, Kelly expressed her desire to complete her glittering trophy cabinet with an NRLW Premiership, having come close with the Red, White and Blue in the inaugural Grand Final in 2018. 

She has been at the helm for the Roosters in season 2021 following a short stint at St George Illawarra, and Kelly has developed into a leader and focal point of the side's attack, forming a solid combination with winger Brydie Parker on the left. 

Her opponent at both club and state level is Shenae Ciesiolka, who has solidified her spot in the Broncos' line up over the last two seasons, having made the permanent switch to the centres in 2021. 

Ciesiolka may have the wood over Kelly when it comes to tries and try assists, but the powerfully built Rooster has dominated her opponents with an impressive seventeen tackle breaks and six line breaks. 

Be sure to keep an eye out on the edges this Sunday as Kelly and Ciesiolka look to get their team on the front foot out wide. 

Kelly Glides Through Late

Your Verdict

The Sydney Roosters have the chance to make the Club's third Grand Final in four years in the NRLW competition, and will face the defending Premiers in what is set to be a mouth-watering clash. 

St George Illawarra and the Gold Coast face off against one another in the pre-game at 12:00pm, and with tickets starting from just $15 for adults (with juniors under 15 able to attend for free with a paying adult) - you won't want to miss the biggest day of Women's Rugby League. 

Be sure to grab your tickets here, cheer on the Red, White and Blue and help our NRLW side qualify for the 2021 Grand Final! 


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.

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