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Round 1 Match Preview: Showdown on the Sunshine Coast

The Roosters 2023 NRLW campaign kicks off on Saturday evening with a highly anticipated battle with the Brisbane Broncos at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Recent History: Sydney Roosters vs Brisbane Broncos

Since the competition’s inception in 2018, the Roosters and Broncos have gone head-to-head a total of eight times, building a fierce rivalry as NRLW foundation Clubs.

Brisbane claimed six straight wins before Easts turned the tides in 2022 to record back-to-back victories.

In their last encounter, Olivia Kernick claimed a double for the Roosters in a comfortable 28-8 win for the Tricolours, with 2023-recruit Tarryn Aiken scoring the Broncos only two tries.

How They Line Up

Roosters Coach John Strange has named Tarryn Aiken, Millie Boyle, Keeley Davis and Amber Hall named to make their Club debuts on Saturday evening.

Corban Baxter and Brydie Parker make their returns in the backline alongside Jayme Fressard, Jessica Sergis and Isabelle Kelly.

Aiken will partner Jocelyn Kelleher in the halves, while NSW Blues duo Boyle and Davis unite with Māori All Star and New Zealand Fern, Mya Hill-Moana, in the front row. 

Hall will make her Club debut in the second row, alongside Dally M Team of the Year back-rowers Olivia Kernick and Keilee Joseph. 

Shawden Burton, Kalosipani Hopoate, Otesa Pule and Joeli Morris make up the interchange bench, with Alexandrea Kiriwi, Teuila Fotu-Moala, Lily Rogan, Tyler Bentley and Amelia Pasikala rounding out the line-up on the extended bench. 

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Hayley Maddick
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 Corban Baxter
  • Winger for Broncos is number 2 Julia Robinson
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Brydie Parker
  • Centre for Broncos is number 3 Mele Hufanga
    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 Ashleigh Werner
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Jayme Fressard
  • Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Gayle Broughton
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Tarryn Aiken
  • Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Ali Brigginshaw
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Jocelyn Kelleher


  • Prop for Broncos is number 8 Annetta-Claudia Nu'uausala
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Millie Boyle
  • Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Destiny Brill
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Keeley Davis
  • Prop for Broncos is number 10 Chelsea Lenarduzzi
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Mya Hill-Moana
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Tazmin Gray
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Amber Hall
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Romy Teitzel
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Olivia Kernick
  • Lock for Broncos is number 13 Mariah Denman
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Keilee Joseph


  • Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Jada Ferguson
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Shawden Burton
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Filomina Hanisi
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Pani Hopoate
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Lauren Dam
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Otesa Pule
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 20 Breanna Eales
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Joeli Morris


  • Replacement for Broncos is number 18 Lavinia Gould
    Replacement for Roosters is number 18 Lexi Kiriwi

Match Officials

  • Referee: Wyatt Raymond
  • Senior Review Official: Ben Cummins

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Broncos coach Scott Prince has named three NRLW debutants with Mele Hufanga and Ash Werner in the back line and forward Tafito Lafaele to come off the interchange. Gayle Broughton will make her Club debut in the halves alongside veteran Ali Brigginshaw.

Key Match Up: Olivia Kernick and Romy Teitzel

Two Origin stars go head-to-head on the edge this week when NSW Sky Blue Olivia Kernick meets Queensland Maroon Romy Teitzel. 

Both back-rowers have played a total of 13 NRLW games, with Kernick debuting for the Roosters in 2021, while Teitzel debuted for the Broncos in 2020. 

Kernick leads the count when it comes to try-scoring, claiming six to Teitzel's five. But the 24-year-old Bronco has the upper hand in average run metres, after featuring at fullback and in the back-row. 

With both sides looking to commence their season with a dominant victory, keep your eyes on Kernick and Teitzel, whose brutal defence and attacking flair has the ability to guide their respective teams to the two competition points on Saturday evening. 

What They Said

“Obviously having a nine-round season is really exciting, it also gives us time to build on our combinations, there’s no real pressure for us to get it right in game one but obviously we want to and we’ve been building throughout pre-season so hopefully we can perform well together on the weekend.” – Tarryn Aiken

“I’ve been loving my time here and all the girls have been great, I’m absolutely loving the coaching staff too and I can’t wait to be able to play in these colours.” – Keeley Davis

Final Verdict

The NRLW is finally back – and the Roosters begin their quest for another title against a formidable opponent in enemy territory.

With a host of International representatives, Central Coast products and returning campaigners; expect Saturday’s clash to be one of the grittiest battles of the season.

For those looking to attend the match, be sure to grab your tickets here, and support the women's game and our NRLW side with 2023 NRLW Membership!

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.