The Roosters will be keen to break their head-to-head duck when they meet two-time defending premiers Brisbane in a grand final preview at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
The Lady Tricolours have had their most successful NRLW season this year but one very large mountain looms - their 0-3 record against the competition heavyweights, including a crushing loss in the inaugural grand final in 2018.
Brisbane triumphed 14-4 in their first-ever clash, 34-12 in the 2018 decider and 20-0 when the Roosters went winless last season and finished at the bottom of the table.
The Broncos have lost just once since the NRLW debuted, to the Warriors in the final round of the 2019 regular season, and are well on course for a three-peat after 14-point victories over the Warriors and Dragons this season.
Match: Roosters v Broncos
Round 3 -
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Roosters: Zehara Tamara will start at fullback after Charlotte Caslick was ruled out for the rest of the season due to a back injury. With a grand final spot locked up, coach Jamie Feeney is resting several stars and experimenting with positions. Melanie Howard has been given a chance in the halves and Amelia Mafi has come in at prop.
Yasmin Meakes is in the centres, Grace Hamilton and Vanessa Foliaki move into the starting pack and Amelia Mafi shifts to the bench. Simaima Taufa and Grace Hamilton dropped off the extended bench on game day after Caslick and Hannah Southwell were omitted 24 hours before kick-off.
Brydie Parker has gone from wing to centre and Taleena Simon has come in on the wing. Kennedy Cherrington will start at lock and Kaitlyn Phillips has joined the interchange.
Broncos: Tyer Birch replaces Jayme Fressard at centre, Shannon Mato starts at prop and Chelsea Lenarduzzi shifts to the bench. Ali Brigginshaw will play lock once more in the No.7 jersey. Zara Canfield and Fressard were omitted from the squad an hour before kick-off after Nakita Sao dropped off the bench on Friday.
Shenae Ciesiolka has moved into the starting side on the wing with Lauren Brown shifting to hooker for the injured Lavinia Gould. Jessica Elliston is set to start in the back row with Amber Hall suspended for her dangerous tackle on Isabelle Kelly last week. Chante Temara and Romy Teitzel are the new faces on the bench.
Match: Roosters v Broncos
Round 3 -
Fullback for Roosters is number 18 Zahara TemaraFullback for Broncos is number 1 Tamika Upton
Winger for Roosters is number 2 Shanice ParkerWinger for Broncos is number 2 Shenae Ciesiolka
Centre for Roosters is number 3 Brydie ParkerCentre for Broncos is number 3 Julia Robinson
Centre for Roosters is number 11 Yasmin MeakesCentre for Broncos is number 18 Tyler Birch
Winger for Roosters is number 5 Taleena SimonWinger for Broncos is number 5 Meg Ward
Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Corban McGregorFive-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Raecene McGregor
Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Melanie HowardHalfback for Broncos is number 13 Tarryn Aiken
Prop for Roosters is number 10 Filomina HanisiProp for Broncos is number 8 Millie Boyle
Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Nita MaynardHooker for Broncos is number 9 Lauren Brown
Prop for Roosters is number 21 Grace HamiltonProp for Broncos is number 16 Shannon Mato
2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sarah Togatuki2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Tallisha Harden
2nd Row for Roosters is number 16 Vanessa Foliaki2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Jessika Elliston
Lock for Roosters is number 13 Kennedy CherringtonLock for Broncos is number 7 Ali Brigginshaw
Interchange for Roosters is number 8 Amelia MafiInterchange for Broncos is number 10 Chelsea Lenarduzzi
Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Quincy DoddInterchange for Broncos is number 14 Annette Brander
Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Kaitlyn PhillipsInterchange for Broncos is number 15 Romy Teitzel
Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Jocelyn KelleherInterchange for Broncos is number 17 Chante Temara
- Referee: Liam Kennedy
- Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
- Senior Review Official: Steve Clark
Zahara Temara v Ali Brigginshaw: The Roosters half, the competition's top scorer through two rounds (16 points), tallied a try and three goals against the Warriors last time out. She also impressed with her playmaking. Her Broncos rival may be yet to win the women's Dally M but Jillaroos captain Brigginshaw is one of the most influential players in the competition.
The Broncos are the competition's most formidable attacking unit. Brisbane rank first for points (46), tries (8), goals (7), tackle breaks (65) and try assists (4); tied for first in line breaks (14); and second for offloads (18) and line-break assists (5).