Game Day Guide: NRLW Round 4 v Broncos

The NRLW Dragons take on the Brisbane Broncos at Melbourne’s AAMI Park on Saturday, September 10 (2:50 p.m.). Here’s your NRLW Round 4 matchday guide

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Following last week’s historic opener at the Allianz Stadium, the NRLW will break new ground again this Saturday, with Melbourne hosting its first-ever Women’s Premiership matches. The triple header will see the Titans take on the Eels at 1:05 p.m. before the Dragons take on the Broncos and the Storm-Raiders elimination final.

Back to the final

The Dragons are looking to bounce back into the winner’s circle this weekend. They also added motivation, with a win over the Broncos putting the team on six competitive points with one game to play, guaranteeing a top-four berth and a place in the Finals.

Companion vs Companion

Last year, Teagan Berry and Jaime Chapman formed the deadly combination at the central right wing for the Red V. This season they both move to the left with ‘Chappo’ also switching to Brisbane colours, but their form has not given up.

The two are tied for first in scoring tries (three) this NRLW season as well as the top two in line breaks (Chapman six and Berry five). Although they won’t come face to face too often this weekend, playing on opposite flanks, expect these two to have a big impact on the outcome of the game.

Kick after the second phase

Thanks to halfback Rachel Pearson’s leg in the first three weeks of the NRLW season, the Dragons started their path to supremacy.

With the most kicks (49) and kick counters (1,273) this season, the No. 7 Red V will need to keep throwing the ball downfield to keep the Broncos at their own end. Brisbane are the league’s most damaging second stage team with 39 offloads so far in the first rounds. The Dragons’ last start opponents, the Roosters, were a distant second with 22.

Look for effective defending and tackling to play an important role in this game.

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