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The Roosters Crow: Storming Suncorp Stadium

A semi-final rematch and the first time returning to Queensland since their 2021 NRLW Premiership will have the Roosters champing at the bit to continue their winning ways up north. 

Last Time Out: Sydney Roosters vs Brisbane Broncos

Who could forget that semi-final victory back in April that propelled the Roosters into the Grand Final?

NRLW 2021 Semi-Final Highlights: Roosters vs Broncos

Just one week earlier, the Tricolours were reliant on the Broncos defeating Parramatta by a large margin in the final round of the regular season to qualify for the finals - and their wish was granted as they scraped through on for and against. 

Taking the field at Leichhardt Oval against the Minor Premiers, the fledgling Roosters found themselves down 16-nil after as many minutes and staring down the barrel of a finals exit.

But in an inspired effort that has since been described as one of the greatest comebacks in Club history, the Tricolours romped home to claim an emphatic 22-16 victory, marking their first win over the Broncos and ending their three-year Premiership run in the process. 

How They Line Up

After a convincing 38-16 win to open the 2022 season against Parramatta, John Strange's side has remained intact in their quest to extend their winning run to four consecutive victories. 

Veteran Sam Bremner returns to the line up after a stellar performance in her first match in Red, White and Blue, joined by Leianne Tufuga, Jessica Sergis, Captain Isabelle Kelly, and new recruit Jayme Fressard in the backline.

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Broncos is number 20 Hayley Maddick
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 Samantha Bremner
  • Winger for Broncos is number 1 Jaime Chapman
    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 2 Julia Robinson
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Jayme Fressard
  • 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 Sophie Holyman
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Sarah Togatuki
  • Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Nita Maynard
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Destiny Brill
  • Prop for Broncos is number 10 Chelsea Lenarduzzi
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Mya Hill-Moana
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Amber Hall
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Shaniah Power
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 15 Kaitlyn Phillips
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Olivia Kernick
  • Lock for Broncos is number 13 Tallisha Harden
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Keilee Joseph


  • Interchange for Broncos is number 11 Sara Sautia
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Jocelyn Kelleher
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Jada Ferguson
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Shawden Burton
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Crystal Tamarua
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Kalosipani Hopoate
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Brianna Clark
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Otesa Pule


  • Replacement for Broncos is number 18 Shakiah Tungai
    Replacement for Roosters is number 18 Joeli Morris

Match Officials

  • Referee: Kasey Badger
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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Halves Zahara Temara and Raecene McGregor continue their strong partnership in the no.6 and no.7 jerseys respectively, while Sarah Togatuki, Destiny Brill and Mya Hill-Moana line up in the front row.

Shaniah Power retains her spot on the left edge joined by fellow tryscorer Olivia Kernick in the back row, while Keilee Joseph has been named in the no.13 jersey in her second career start.

The interchange bench features Jocelyn Kelleher, Shawden Burton, Kalosipani Hopoate and Otesa Pule, with Joeli Morris, Samantha Economos, Angelina Teakaraanga-Katoa, Shannon Rose and Jada Taylor on the extended bench. 

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The home side has no changes to their starting side with Brianna Clark joining the interchange bench with Jasmine Fogavini coming out, but still feature plenty of threats in the middle and out wide, including Ali Brigginshaw, Chelsea Lenarduzzi, Julia Robinson and Tarryn Aiken. 

Key Match Up: Raecene McGregor vs Ali Brigginshaw

Former teammates and halves partners clash as Raecene McGregor and Ali Brigginshaw face up against one another for the second time since the former arrived at Bondi last season.

Since joining the Tricolours, McGregor has been a focal point for the side's organisation in attack, and she showed her prowess against the Eels last week with 98 running metres, two linebreak assists, two try assists and twelve kicks.

The diminutive halfback comes up against arguably one of the greatest players to take the field in the women's game in Brigginshaw - and the veteran half was on song despite the Broncos' first-week loss to Newcastle with 99 metres, a linebreak assist, a try assist and seven kicks. 

Both players have lifted the Premiership trophy on three occasions and are the best in their position, so if push comes to shove, you can bet these two will have plenty of say in the final result in this one. 

What They Said: 

“Hopefully it’s not as tough and hopefully we don’t let ourselves get too far behind like we did in that semi-final. I’ve played a couple of games there before. My track record probably on that field isn’t too good so hopefully we can change that." - Raecene McGregor

“It’s going to be a good game against tough opposition. I love playing at Suncorp and it’s Broncos territory but it’s a nice stadium and field. All the girls in the team are excited to play up there.” - Zahara Temara

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Final Verdict

Brisbane will be licking their wounds after a touch-up against surprise packet Newcastle and determined to claim their first win of the season back at home in front of a packed-out crowd.

The Red, White and Blue have every reason to look to continue their winning streak and replicate their results from the last trip to Queensland and claim back-to-back victories for the first time against their opponents.

For those looking to head up to Brisbane or those based in the Queensland capital, you can grab your tickets here and cheer on the mighty Roosters!


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.