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WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 06: Tazmin Gray of the Titans scores a try ​during the round two NRLW match between the Sydney Roosters and the Gold Coast Titans at WIN Stadium, on March 06, 2022, in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

They were tipped by some to be the main challengers for Brisbane’s title, but the Roosters are in real danger of slipping out of contention after a 26-16 loss to the Titans.

The two-time NRLW finalists are winless through the opening two rounds and there were some worrying signs in Sunday’s loss to the competition newcomers.

Coach John Strange was critical of his side’s abysmal handling in Round 1, but nothing changed at WIN Stadium as they coughed up 14 errors to gift Gold Coast their first-ever win.

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The enthusiastic Titans proved too good for the Roosters.
The enthusiastic Titans proved too good for the Roosters.

Even when they showed glimpses of their best, they found ways to shoot themselves in the foot like when they mucked up the restart moments after Leianne Tufuga went over to get them on the board.

This is a team that boasts some of the biggest names in the women’s game, but it’s hard for their speedy backs to get in space when they get beaten through the middle; something not helped by the loss of several key forwards from the 2020 season.

They did close the gap to six points when Olivia Kernick crashed over with four minutes to go, but that’s as good as it got for the Roosters who need more from attacking weapons Jess Sergis and Isabelle Kelly, who combined for 118 meters.

DRUGHT IS OVER

She’s one of the game’s most prolific players at rep level, and Titans winger Karina Brown can now call herself an NRLW try-scorer.

Brown has had no problems scoring for the Maroons and Jillaroos, but it took her 12 games to get on the board in the NRLW.

It only took the Titans two games to pick up their first NRLW win after they joined the comp this year, and there should be more of those this season if experienced heads like Tazmin Gray and Brittany Breayley-Nati continue to dominate after they combined for three tries.

The news isn’t so good for Shannon Mato who was chaired from the field late with a lower-leg injury that left Mya Hill-Moana on report.

DAM SPILLS OVER

Spare a thought for Titans winger Lauren Dam who found out that when it rains on a footy field, it invariably pours.

Dam dropped two balls over the line in the second half, but in her defence, the ball was like a bar of soap after two weeks of non-stop rain.

Brilliant Broncos may now have two best players in world

Broncos star forward Millie Boyle might just be the best player in the world after another dazzling display in Brisbane’s comfortable 28-10 win over the Newcastle Knights.

After she scored and ran riot in the opening round, Boyle doubled down with her second four-pointer in the space of seven days as she terrorized her opposition middles on a sodden track in Wollongong.

Boyle and her incredible motor had 105 meters in the first half alone and finished the day with a whopping 181 – the most by a forward in NRLW history – to stake her claim as the best in the world.

Millie Boyle monsters Georgia Page with a big front-on tackle.
Millie Boyle monsters Georgia Page with a big front-on tackle.

The scary thing for other teams is that Boyle might not even be the best player at the Broncos. Fullback Tamika Upton continues to excel and added another try to extend her lead at the top of the NRLW charts with the seventh four-pointer of her career.

She is the best support player in the comp with silky hands, and those two skills were on show when she backed up a break and then looked inside to set up Shenae Ciesiolka for the first try of the second half.

CLOUD NINE

It’s not easy to get raps when you’re not one of the big names at the best club in the league, but Lauren Brown is proof that there are hidden gems waiting to be found.

Brown was an important part of the team that won in 2020 but she’s taken her game to new heights this year. She set the tone with a 40/30 in the first set with the wind at her back, played short to set up Boyle’s try and then forced a line dropout all in the first half.

Tamika Upton grabs a four-pointer against the Knights.
Tamika Upton grabs a four-pointer against the Knights.

FLASH FINISH

The Knights are still waiting for their first NRLW win, but they’ll take a lot out of their finish to Sunday’s game against the competition heavyweights.

Newcastle really struggled to handle the wet and windy conditions for much of the contest, but at least they showed promising signs with a couple of late tries to give themselves a sniff before Amy Turner’s superb solo try sealed the deal for Brisbane.

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