It was not an easy win but the Brisbane Broncos fought hard to secure an 18-4 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons in the NRLW.
The Dragons, whose loss was compounded by the injuries to star duo Kezie Apps and Isabelle Kelly, with their season now finished.
Both sides will also face nervous waits with Ali Brigginshaw (dangerous contact) and Shaylee Bent (crusher) put on report.
Despite sustaining some early pressure, the Broncos would hold on and be the first team to score.
After her four-try effort last week, Tamika Upton would turn provider to set up the Broncos opening try.
Taking the line on, she spiralled a ball out to Julia Robinson who cut inside, went low and grounded the ball to score.
Brigginshaw then stepped up when she burst through the line and found prop Millie Boyle on her inside to score under the posts.
At 12-0 at the break, the Dragons were not down and out, and they would open the scoring in the second half.
Opting to run it on the last tackle, Jess Sergis ran the perfect line off a Keeley Davis pass to crash over and cut the deficit to just eight points.
With the game evenly poised, the icing on the cake came when Lauren Brown burrowed over from dummy half.
Her try would seal the Broncos win, confirming their status as the most consistent side in the NRLW competition.
Despite his side’s win, the number of errors frustrated Broncos coach Kelvin Wright.
“As a performance, I wasn’t very pleased,” he said.
“I thought there was just too many errors.
“The start of the game I thought we created plenty of opportunities but we just pushed it too early.
“I just thought our end-of-sets were quite poor as well. We didn’t really get to our kick much and our choices weren’t great.”
Dragons coach Daniel Lacey was not happy post-match, particularly at the hair-pulling incident that then saw Isabelle Kelly injured.
“I’ve coached women’s footy for a while now and I’ve coached a lot of young girls, and when you pull someone’s hair you let go. You let go. You don’t go on with it,” Lacey said post-match.
“I don’t think it’s a reportable offence by the rules, but you’ve seen the consequences of what happened.
“I’ve lost my best player, my best outside back. She’s shattered, she’s in a moon boot. Just let go. It’s all that needs to be said.”
NRL News Player of the Game
3. Millie Boyle (BRI)
2. Jess Sergis (SGI)
- Tallisha Harden (BRI)