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NRLW 2022 semi-finals: Broncos vs Roosters, Dragons vs Titans, SAS Australia star Millie Boyle eyeing another title

Taking on the challenge of SAS Australia and playing footy are two very different though physically-demanding tasks.

One requires passing a gruelling military-inspired course. The other requires running into a defensive line of players.

For Broncos workhorse and SAS Australia winner Millie Boyle, the correlation between the two is not physical, but mental strength.

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Boyle passed the intense selection course in the recent season of the television show – filmed at the end of last year – before lining up for the Broncos in the NRLW competition.

The 23-year-old prop said the lessons learnt in SAS Australia had flowed onto the footy field.

Millie Boyle was a star on SAS Australia. Channel 7/Remco Jansen
Camera IconMillie Boyle was a star on SAS Australia. Channel 7/Remco Jansen Credit: Channel 7

“(I learnt to) take the opportunities when they come,” Boyle said. “We’ve only got a short (NRLW) season so you want to make the most out of every round and every game.

“A challenge like (SAS Australia) is only going to make you stronger mentally, so I guess it could have some correlation with footy.”

From the SAS selection course to the footy field, Boyle will line up for the Broncos in Sunday’s NRLW semi-final showdown against the Roosters at Leichhardt Oval following a massive season of women’s rugby league.

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With three new teams and extra playing time, Boyle said the standard of play had improved with the NRLW now in its fourth season.

“It’s been great to have those extra teams so we can play a little bit more footy,” she said.

“It’s given other players a chance to play at this level.

“The game has been very entertaining and great to watch.

“The girls are getting fitter, faster and stronger as well.

“The standard has definitely gone to another level and it will no doubt go to another level again at the end of the year and when it expands to more teams next year.

“You definitely notice it out there but I think it’s great that the new teams who have joined the comp have been really competitive.”

This season of the NRLW has been a ratings bonanza, with an average audience of 59,000 across Kayo, Foxtel Now and Foxtel Go.

And Sunday’s semi-final showdown is set to be another must-watch with each club battling for a spot in next weekend’s grand final.

The minor premiership-winning Broncos will face the fourth-placed Roosters and Boyle admitted they were wary of their opposition’s strike power, set to be unleashed this weekend.

“A loss now for anyone means they’re out, so everyone is going to be playing with everything they’ve got,” she said. “There’s no point looking to the grand final next week if you can’t get the job done this weekend.

“Roosters are an amazing team, especially on paper. They’re playing for everything this weekend but we’re ready for that. We’ve got some players back who are ready to take it to another level.”

NRLW SEM-FINALS

DRAGONS v TITANS

Sunday, 12.00pm, Leichhardt Oval

DRAGONS

1. Emma Tonegato, 2. Teagan Berry, 3. Jaime Chapman, 4. Paige McGregor, 5. Madison Bartlett, 6. Taliah Fuimaono, 7. Rachael Pearson, 8. Elsie Albert, 9. Keeley Davis, 10. Kezie Apps, 11. Talei Holmes, 12. Shaylee Bent, 13. Holli Wheeler

Bench: 14. Quincy Dodd, 15. Kody House, 16. Tegan Dymock, 17. Janelle Williams

Resreves: 18. Renee Targett, 19. Keele Browne, 20. Shellie Long, 21. Aliti Namoce-Sagano, 22. Alexandra Sulusi, 23. Matilda Power, 24. Chantel Tugaga

TITANS

1. Jetaya Faifua, 2. Karina Brown, 3. Jasmine Peters, 4. Shaniah Power, 5. Hailee-Jay Maunsell, 6. Grace Griffin, 7. Kimiora Breayley-Nati, 8. Brianna Clark, 9. Brittany Breayley-Nati, 10. Stephanie Hancock, 11. Tiana Raftstrand-Smith, 12. Tazmin Gray, 13. Destiny Brill

Bench: 14. Georgia Hale, 15. Jessika Elliston, 16. Laikha Clarke, 19. April Ngatupuna

Reserves: 18. Cobie-Jane Morgan, 20. Karli Hansen, 21. Zara Canfield, 22. Evania Pelite, 23. Lauren Dam, 24. Lauren Moss

BRONCOS v ROOSTERS

Sunday, 1.45pm, Leichhardt Oval

BRONCOS

1. Tamika Upton, 2. Julia Robinson, 3. Amy Turner, 4. Shenae Ciesiolka, 5. Emily Bass, 6. Tarryn Aiken, 7. Ali Brigginshaw, 8. Millie Boyle, 9. Lauren Brown, 10. Chelsea Lenarduzzi, 11. Kaitlyn Phillips, 12. Amber Hall, 13. Lavinia Gould

Bench: 14. Hayley Maddick, 15. Tallisha Harden, 16. Roxette Murdoch, 17. Sara Sautia

Resreves: 18. Jada Ferguson, 19. Hagiga Mosby, 20. China Polata, 21. Toni Hunt, 22. Jessikah Reeves, 24. Lesa Kaleti Mata’afa

ROOSTERS

1. Corban Baxter, 2. Leianne Tufuga, 3. Jessica Sergis, 4. Isabelle Kelly, 5. Brydie Parker, 6. Zhara Temara, 7. Raecene McGregor, 8. Sarah Togatuki, 9. Olivia Higgins, 10. Mya Hill-Moana, 11. Yasmin Meakes, 12. Olivia Kernick, 13. Hannah Southwell

Bench: 14. Jocelyn Kelleher, 15. Keilee Joseph, 16. Tayla Predebon, 17. Simone Karpani

Reserves: 18. Joeli Morris, 19. Kalosipani Hopoate, 20. Lauretta Leao-Seve, 21. Otesa Pule, 22. Shawden Burton, 23. Taylor-Adeline Mapusua, 24. Taneka Todhunter

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