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NRLW week two: Biggest questions yet to be answered

It was an exhilarating start to the NRLW season last week, capped off with Parramatta’s thrilling one-point win over Newcastle, with attention now turning to week two.

Any concerns surrounding fitness were brushed aside as all six clubs battled it out in the triple-header at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The competition now shifts to WIN Stadium in Woollongong for another triple header – with Newcastle taking on Brisbane, the Roosters looking to bounce back against the Titans and the Dragons and Eels to do battle.

Here are the big questions ahead of Round 2.

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Emily Bass scored twice against the Sydney Roosters. Photo: Broncos Media
Camera IconEmily Bass scored twice against the Sydney Roosters. Photo: Broncos Media Credit: News Corp Australia

CAN ANYONE TAKE DOWN THE BRONCOS?

The three-time premiership winners cast aside any doubts of complacency with a clinical 20-4 win over the Roosters last weekend – and they managed to get it done with six debutants in their team.

Winger Emily Bass (two tries) and backrower Roxette Murdoch (one try) both scored on debut while Nakita Sao, Jada Ferguson, Kaitlyn Phillips and Sara Sautia had some nice touches in their first match in Brisbane colours.

It was an ominous sign to the rest of the competition that the premiers just keep on getting better.

Emma Tonegato was terrific at the back for the Dragons. NRL PHOTOS
Camera IconEmma Tonegato was terrific at the back for the Dragons. NRL PHOTOS Credit: The Daily Telegraph

WHO IS THE BEST FULLBACK IN THE COMPETITION?

Every No. 1 put their hand up in the opening round of the competition with some scintillating performances.

Parramatta’s Botille Vette-Welsh produced a wonderful 75-metre linebreak off her tryline to get the Eels out of trouble in the 23rd minute.

The elusive Rockhampton rocket Tamika Upton pierced through the Roosters defence with her speed to set up a Millie Boyle try under the posts.

Meanwhile, the two Rugby Sevens gold medallists Emma Tonegato (Dragons) and Evania Pelite (Titans) both lit up the field in the opening game of the day.

Sunday’s clash will see Vette-Welsh come up against Tonegato while Newcastle No. 1 Romy Teizel will face off against her former teammate Upton in the opening game of the round.

ARE THE ROOSTERS UNDER PRESSURE?

Yes, it is only one week into the competition and their loss came against three-time NRLW premiers the Broncos, but the Roosters are on a three-game losing streak when you take into consideration the 2020 competition.

The team is brimming with talent – with Jess Sergis, Isabelle Kelly and Corban Baxter playing in the tricolours this year, so they have what it takes to make finals footy.

They will no doubt be looking to bounce back against the Titans on Sunday.

HOW DID THE NEW CLUBS FARE?

Expansion clubs Parramatta and Newcastle battled it out in a one-point thriller while the Titans came close to defeating established NRLW team the Dragons.

Gold Coast backrower Zara Canfield admitted there had been a few first game jitters but will only get better from here.

“There were probably a few nerves and a team coming together for the first time ever,” Canfield said.

“We’re only going up from here and we know what we need to do as a team.”

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