The Warriors host St George Illawarra in round two of the Holden Women's Premiership at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday, for the first time in NRLW history.

First-round winners the Warriors were impressive against the Roosters and now get their chance to play a standalone fixture in front of friends and family in Auckland. 

A victory could book the Warriors into the 2019 grand final if results go their way, while a Dragons victory will keep them in reach of making the decider.

Match: Warriors v Dragons

Round 2 -

Full Time
Warriors

Home Team

Warriors

Scored 6 points
Dragons

Away Team

Dragons

Scored 26 points

Venue: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland

Match broadcasters:

  • Nine Network
  • GEM

The Rundown

Team news

Warriors: Onjeurlina Leiataua has been elevated to the starting line-up at second row along with left winger Roela Radiniyavuni. Tyler Reid has been promoted from the reserves to the bench with Kathleen Wharton-Keremete dropping dfrom the second row to the interchange.

Dragons: The Dragons have brought in Rikeya Horne from the reserves to the right wing, while Keeley Davis has also been elevated into the starting side at five-eighth. Najvada George and Aaliyah Fasavalu-Fa'amusili are the new faces on the interchange.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Apii Nicholls
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Botille Vette-Welsh
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 Hilda Mariu
    Winger for Dragons is number 19 Rikeya Horne
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Atawhai Tupaea
    Centre for Dragons is number 3 Jessica Sergis
  • Centre for Warriors is number 4 Jules Newman
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Tiana Penitani
  • Winger for Warriors is number 18 Roela Radiniyavuni
    Winger for Dragons is number 5 Shakiah Tungai
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Timaima Ravisa
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 14 Keeley Davis
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Charntay Poko
    Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Maddie Studdon

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Annetta Nuuausala
    Prop for Dragons is number 10 Maitua Feterika
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Krystal Rota
    Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Brittany Breayley
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Aieshaleigh Smalley
    Prop for Dragons is number 17 Ngatokotoru Arakua
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 24 Onjeurlina Leiataua
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Kezie Apps
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Crystal Tamarua
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Shaylee Bent
  • Lock for Warriors is number 13 Georgia Hale
    Lock for Dragons is number 13 Holli Wheeler

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 11 Kathleen Wharton
    Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Takilele Katoa
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Kanyon Paul
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Maddison Weatherall
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Billy-Jean Ale
    Interchange for Dragons is number 18 Najvada George
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 25 Tyler Reid
    Interchange for Dragons is number 21 Aaliyah Fasavalu-Fa'amausili

Key match-up

They're team-mates at international level but now Annetta Nuuausala and Maitua Feterika will go head-to-head in a front-row battle that could play a huge part in the game. Both forwards like to stamp their authority early. The Warriors did a job on the Roosters forward pack and the Dragons should expect a similar challenge.

For the Warriors to win

The creativity of Charntay Poko was the difference against the Roosters last start and the Warriors will be relying on her combination with Timaima Ravisa to keep on improving. If Poko can produce a similar game on home turf then the Dragons could be chasing their season in the final round of the competition.

For the Dragons to win

Put simply they need to just hold the ball. They had plenty of chances against the Broncos but were their own worst enemies with a 62 per cent completion rate in the second half. It was always going to take time for the side to jell but it's time they don't have in such a short competition.

Tarsha Gale says ...

This will be the first NRLW game to be held in New Zealand and the Warriors are looking forward to the home ground advantage. They are coming off an impressive win last week against the Roosters. It looks like the odds are stacked against the Dragons, but I'm predicting an upset. The forwards, led by Kezie Apps, will all find that little bit extra to make up for the loss of Teuila Fotu-Moala.  Dragons by 4

Stat Attack

The kicking game of Poko was enormous for the Warriors with a whopping 515 metres off the boot. However, Poko was the only player in the line-up to kick the ball against the Roosters, which should allow the Dragons to focus on her as the main playmaker in terms of kick pressure.

And another thing ...

The clash will include at least six Dragons players with a Kiwi background returning home to New Zealand.