Fifth-eighth Zahara Temara was a standout at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday as the Sydney Roosters earned their second win of the NRLW season against the Brisbane Broncos.
In a thrilling match-up that provided plenty of fiery moments for both sides, the Roosters continue to send a strong message to the rest of the competition taking down Brisbane 28-8.
Despite an injury scare in the second-half which saw the 25-year-old involved in a heavy tackle, Temara was also among the on-field action. She made converted five out of six attempts while having ten tackles to her name during the afternoon.
The Roosters were in-form right from the opening seconds which culminated in Destiny Brill’s impressive try.
It was a few great passages of play which amounted in two tries in the five minutes leading to halftime from Olivia Kernick and Samantha Bremner for Sydney. With the current ladder leaders taking advantage of the game, it put the Broncos in a precarious situation as they headed into the second half.
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The Broncos shifted gears in the second half as they provided a response to the dominant Roosters.
Slowly closing the score margin, the Broncos found a glimmer of hope through Aitken who scored again five minutes later. The fire didn’t seem to last as long for Brisbane, as they were once again overpowered by the Roosters.
A few final tries courtesy of Olivia Kernick and Jayme Fressard saw the Roosters comfortably take out the win.
The concerns coming out of the game for the Roosters were the injuries to star centre Jessica Sergis and Sarah Togatuki with a grand final rematch for the Roosters next week.
The Roosters next challenge will be against the Illawarra Dragons on Friday night, whilst the Broncos take on the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday afternoon.
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