Women's First Grade Preliminary Final Preview

Women’s First Grade Preview

 

Two teams who both had close encounters whilst on either sides of the results will be looking to keep their season alive with a victory this week.

 

The Roosters were narrowly beaten by Truganina while the Steelers narrowly overcame the Warriors in a close extra-time affair.

 

However, it will be all forgotten come Saturday when these two teams will look to book their place in the Grand Final next week.

 

In their first meeting in the season, the Roosters and Steelers played out a 24-all draw. Lydia Quedley was a force in attack for the Roosters, scoring two tries, while Alofa Mekuli and Katalina Okusitino-Felise were able to do the same for the Steelers.

 

Converting these tries was key last time around, with Roosters being marginally better, scoring one less try than the Steelers, converting twice.

 

In their most recent match-up however, the Roosters were able to dominate from the outset, exposing the Steelers defence and being too strong offensively in a 30-6 victory.

 

The Roosters had six individual try-scorers in the win, including the talented Ngahuia Blair who performed well. The Steelers were disappointing, and will look be aiming to continue last week’s strong performance going into this week’s game.

 

The Roosters will be disappointed with last week’s defeat and having a chance to get the week’s rest. They will be coming out of the blocks at the start of the game, and look to apply scoreboard pressure from the outset. While the Steelers will have the belief that they can match it with the Roosters, despite their last meeting and the first 15 minutes will be a crucial factor for both sides.

 

Predictions:

 

Altona Roosters v Doveton Steelers – Altona by 8




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