NRLW Weekend Wrap – Round 4

Gold Coast claimed the first ever all Queensland derby in round 4 of the NRLW. Photo: @NRLWomens /Twitter

It was a crazy round of action in the NRLW, with two games going down to the wire before a massive win by the Dragons saw them go to the top of the ladder.

Here’s what we learned about your club.

Gold Coast Titans vs Brisbane Broncos

The Gold Coast Titans have stunned the competition, handing the reigning premiers their first loss since 2019 at CBUS Super Stadium.

Gold Coast started the game in red hot form with two tries in the opening six minutes before the Broncos hit back with two of their own. Both sides picked up a try each in the remainder of the half, and in a high scoring affair, the Broncos would lead by two points at halftime.

Both sides would get a try in the second half, Gold Coast through Jasmine Peters and Brisbane through Tarryn Aiken. However, when Brianna Clark scored a field goal with just three minutes remaining, the Titans would hold on for the upset of the season, claiming bragging rights in the NRLW’s first-ever all Queensland encounter.

Gold Coast fans can largely thank Peters for their upset victory as she was simply outstanding. She was immense with three line breaks, five tackle breaks, and a two tries. Peters’ second try also would come in the 60th minute, levelling back the scores and wrestling momentum back the Titans way.

The victory is the Gold Coast’s second of the season and is massive for their finals chances, as they skyrocket themselves into the top four.

The loss gives the Broncos the wake-up call that they needed to revitalise their season. Brisbane have fallen to second on the NRLW ladder, trailing the Dragons only on points difference.

Roxy Murdoch fought hard all afternoon for the Broncos, gaining 116 metres from 12 runs and four tackle breaks. Elsewhere, Hagiga Mosby continued her terrific rookie season, collecting another try in the shock loss.

Final Score: Titans 28-26 Broncos

Next weekend, the Titans will stay in Queensland, taking on the Newcastle Knights as they look to secure finals. Meanwhile, Brisbane will be at home for the first time this season, taking on the Parramatta Eels.

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Paramatta Eeels vs Sydney Roosters

The tight contests in round four of the NRLW continued when the Parramatta Eels hosted the Sydney Roosters at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Sydney started the game on fire with two tries in the opening ten minutes of the clash, first through Brydie Hill in just the third minute, followed by a tenth minute try to Mya Hill-Moana. However, Paramatta fought back through an Abbi Church try in the 18th minute of the match, making a contest into the half.

In the second half, the Eels started how they finished. They burst out of the blocks with a 43rd minute try through Christian Pio and, just three minutes later, struck again through Tiana Penitani. This gave the Eels a shock lead after Maddie Studdon converted again.

However, in the 54th minute, Roosters star Sarah Togatuki hit back with a try, levelling the scoreboard with just 15 minutes to play in the contest. Enter Zahara Temara.

Having converted all three of the Roosters’ tries throughout the game, it was clear that Temara had her kicking boots on. So, with just two minutes remaining in the match, she converted a field goal from long range to give Sydney an unlikely victory.

For Paramatta, Bo Vette-Welsh was once again electric all afternoon. Vette-Welsh was pivotal in the opening try, assisting Church over the line and making key passes all afternoon.

Temara was the star of the show all afternoon, converting all three tries, kicking the winning field goal, and was involved with key passes throughout the match. The win, which gives the Roosters their second of the season, places them in fifth. However, they are equal with Paramatta (third) as the race for the top four heats up.

Final Score: Eels 18-19 Roosters

Next week, the Roosters will face the top of the table Dragons, looking to secure their place in the finals. Paramatta will travel to Brisbane to face the reigning premiers, hoping to secure their finals fate.

Newcastle Knights vs St. George Illawarra Dragons

St. George have stormed to the top of the table in stylish fashion, following a 36-point victory over the Dragons on Sunday afternoon at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Remarkably, Newcastle scored the opening try of the match when Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly scored a try in the sixth minute of the game.

However, from there, it was all the Dragons.

St. George scored four tries in the opening half through Page McGregor, Teagan Berry, and two through Maddison Bartlett. This allowed the Dragons to take a 16-4 lead into the main break.

The second half would start the way the first one finished with tries to Emma Tonegato, Berry and Jaime Chapman. This would leave the Dragons with four multiple try scorers, as they held Newcastle scoreless in the second half, capping off one of the most dominant displays in NRLW history.

Remarkably, St. George only converted one of their nine tries in the victory, preventing the margin from being a lot bigger.

While Chapman, Berry and Bartlett all scored multiple tries in the victory, it was tough to go past superstar fullback Emma Tonegato for best afield.

Tonegato had her best match of the season, not only scoring two tries but also making several key offloads and try assists in the victory. Meanwhile, for the Knights, Romy Teitzel again showed her commitment in the tough defeat with a solid outing.

Final Score: Knights 4-40 Dragons

Next week, Newcastle travel to Suncorp Stadium to take on the Titans, looking to finish their season on a high. Meanwhile, the Dragons will host the Roosters at Netsrata Jubilee Stadium as they look to hold onto top spot.

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