02/03/2024

The Dragons won the first ever NRLW golden point game in tough battle with the Broncos. (Image: NRLW/Twitter)

The Dragons’ dummy halves controlled the attack around the ruck, key in guiding their side to victory in a the NRLW’s first ever golden point finish.

Keeley Davis and Quincy Dodd sparked the offence into helping the Dragons score three tries.

Both had a try assist, setting up their teammates when they were in the red zone of the Broncos’ territory, while Dodd scored one of her own as well.

The Broncos started strong, opening up the scoring in the sixth minute with smooth ball movement on the right edge. 

The combination of Ali Brigginshaw and Hayley Maddick managed to find Julia Robinson for a try in the corner.

The Dragons struggled in the first 25 minutes to find a spark in the offence before Dodd shifted the ball to Kezie Apps close to the line, using her length to score under the posts.

Just before half-time, the Dragons were able to fire again, with Dodd deceiving the Broncos’ try line defence, finding space under the posts to go up to 12-4.

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The Broncos’ poor errors late in the half led to the Dragons scoring 12 points in a short period of time.

In the 45th minute, Shenae Ciesiolka found an opening on the right edge, running over 40 metres to score to shrink the lead the Dragons had built so quickly before half-time.

The right-edge attack the Broncos displayed has significantly improved since the season started with their struggles.

After a penalty conceded by the Broncos that would send Chelsea Lenarduzzi to the sin-bin for ten minutes, Davis shifted the ball right to Elsie Albert with a few metres before the try-line, who used her strength and turns around to score close to the posts. 

Speedster Jaime Chapman has found her home at centre after struggling at full-back, scoring an 80-metre run in open space created in the back half to put the game within a try difference.

The Broncos’ offensive spark continued, with Ali Brigginshaw stepping Dragons defenders to score under the posts with under two minutes to go to lead the game to golden point: the first in NRLW history.

After the Broncos conceded a penalty to start golden point, the Dragons gained quick field position before Rachael Pearson kicked the game-winning field goal. 

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