Broncos kick-off NRLW defence with tough win over new-look DragonsSeptember 15, 2019
Brisbane have kicked off their NRLW premiership defence in style with a 14-4 defeat of St George Illawarra.
With five members of the Broncos' inaugural title-winning side running out for the Dragons at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday, it was questioned how far the Broncos would fall this year but they showed they were well placed to go back-to-back.
Meg Ward busts through to score for the Broncos in their NRLW opener against the Dragons. Credit:Getty
The Dragons were in the contest going into the final 15 minutes but two key errors cruelled their chances.
After Meg Ward scored to give the Broncos an 8-4 lead 10 minutes into the second half, the Dragons were threatening to even things up.
They looked to have scored when Shakiah Tungai reeled in former Broncos half Kimiora Nati's bomb but was ruled to have knocked on by the bunker.
Botille Vette-Welsh had until that point enjoyed a strong game but came up with a poor error when she knocked on just 10 metres out from her own line and from the next set Rona Peters reached out from dummy-half for the match-clincher.
The Dragons finished with the wooden spoon last year with just one win but bolstered their stocks by signing five members of the Broncos' premiership team headlined by Dally M female player of the year Brittany Breayley.
The Broncos celebrate Rona Peters four-pointer on Sunday at Bankwest Stadium.Credit:Getty
The Red V's brigade of former Broncos all had strong outings with Maitua Feterika running for 125m.
Breayley's replacement in the Broncos No.9 jumper, Lavinia Gould, enjoyed a strong hitout and helped open the scoring when she turned Amber Paris-Hall inside for a barge-over try to make it 4-0.
The Dragons hit back in style with Nati grubbering through for Tungai, who received a room service bounce to make it 4-4 at the break however they ran out of steam in the second 30 minutes.
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