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Easts Slay Dragons in Historic Grand Final Rematch

Creating history as the first-ever side to claim a victory on the Allianz Stadium turf, the Sydney Roosters have defeated rivals St George Illawarra 34-6 in a hard-fought match. 

Billed as a 2021 Grand Final rematch, the Tricolours took home their third consecutive victory to start the 2022 season, and in doing so became the first NRLW side in history to win their first three matches of a season. 

In the first-ever sporting event at Allianz Stadium, the Tricolours overcame an early deficit to streak away with pinpoint kicking from Zahara Temara and Raecene McGregor a highlight. 

Utility Jocelyn Kelleher scored a double, while pathways graduate Otesa Pule touched down for her first try in the NRLW as the Roosters ran in six tries to one in a monumental effort. 

The Roosters found themselves under early pressure, with Sam Bremner taking down a charging Holli Wheeler just metres from the line and Leianne Tufuga shutting down a two-on-one overlap to deny their opponents. 

Tufuga Collects a McGregor Kick

Jessica Sergis' cover tackle took down a runaway Tahlia Fuimaono before Isabelle Kelly crunched Emma Tonegato, but the mountain of possession saw the deadlock finally broken as the Dragons crossed in the corner.

The successful conversion saw the Roosters trail 6-nil after a physical seventeen minutes. 

A kick out on the full saw the Bondi Wall under further pressure, but desperation from Sergis and Tufuga held up Page McGregor to save a certain try, however handling continued to cruel the Red, White and Blue.

That was until a pinpoint kick from McGregor found Tufuga out wide, who outleapt her opponent to slam the ball down and score the first try for the Roosters on their new home ground.

Kelleher Slices Through

With just under ten minutes remaining in the first half, Zahara Temara levelled the scores with a booming sideline conversion.

Desperation from both sides in defence throughout the latter stages of the half saw no change to the scoreline, reading 6-all after a closely fought battle. 

The Roosters trundled downfield following a short kickoff, and while the next kick saw Sam Bremner pinned behind the try line, the diminutive fullback escaped with a miraculous charge.

Kelleher Slices Through

Handling proved to be troublesome in the slippery conditions, but the Bondi Wall's defensive fortitude stood up, with Temara and Mya Hill-Moana doing enough the force an error over the line. 

A mammoth effort then denied Elsie Albert as McGregor's cunning saw her scoop up a deft grubber before Jocelyn Kelleher split the defence to slam the ball down and give her side the lead for the very first time.

Perfect Placement From McGregor for Temara

The five-eighth's boot produced further points after a towering bomb forced an error, and although Destiny Brill was unable to force the ball on the ground before Temara scored herself after chasing down a McGregor kick to perfection.

Converting her own try, Temara took Easts' advantage to two twelve points with just over fifteen minutes remaining. 

The desperation continued from the Tricolours as they absorbed wave after wave of attack, and although a narrow 40/30 attempt from Temara fell agonisingly short, a brilliant individual effort from Bremner saw the custodian streak away to seal the match.

Bremner's Classy Run Ices the Cake

Easts weren't done there, however, as young backrower Otesa Pule touched down for her first four-pointer in the NRLW after running off a McGregor pass, while Kelleher added a second after finishing off a left-side maneuver as the Roosters ran in a famous 34-6 victory. 

The Sydney Roosters will face the Newcastle Knights in a highly-anticipated top four clash, with a venue and date to be confirmed next week. 

Pule Runs Off McGregor to Score Her First NRLW Try

Sydney Roosters 34 (Jocelyn Kelleher 2, Leianne Tufuga, Zahara Temara, Sam Bremner, Otesa Pule tries; Zahara Temara 5 goals) def St George Illawarra Dragons 6 (Monalisa Soliola try; Rachael Pearson goals) 


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.