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The Broncos are the only team to have lifted the NRLW trophy and they're aiming for a three-peat when they face the Roosters at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

Brisbane, who have lost just one match in their NRLW history, beat their opponents in a dress rehearsal of the decider in round three.

Coach Kelvin Wright thought the Broncos "played within themselves" in the 24-16 victory, but the Roosters will regain troops and showed plenty of promising signs with some expansive footy.

The teams met in the 2018 grand final, with Brisbane prevailing 34-12 before smashing the Dragons in last year's decider.

The rundown

Team news

Broncos: As they have done earlier in the season, Ali Brigginshaw will start at lock and Tarryn Aiken moves from lock to halfback. In other late changes, Shannon Mato will start at prop with Chelsea Lanarduzzi dropping back to the bench.

Romy Teitzel and Tyler Birch were the last two players dropped from the squad.

Lauren Brown and Chante Temara have been training at dummy half, while Jayme Fressard has been named to return at centre.

Zara Canfield and Lavinia Gould were omitted from the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off.

Roosters: In changes announced an hour before kick-off, Botille Vette-Welsh (No.19) moves into the side and will start at fullback with Shanice Parker moving onto the wing and Taleena Simon dropping out of the 17. 

Amelia Mafi and Simon were the two omitted an hour before the match.

Prop Simaima Taufa and lock Hannah Southwell will return after being rested last week. Grace Hamilton and Kennedy Cherrington have dropped to the bench.

Bobbi Law and Kaitlyn Phillips were the players trimmed from the reserves on Saturday.

The Roosters have lost all three games at ANZ Stadium.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Tamika Upton
    Fullback for Roosters is number 19 Botille Vette-Welsh
  • Winger for Broncos is number 2 Shenae Ciesiolka
    Winger for Roosters is number 1 Shanice Parker
  • Centre for Broncos is number 3 Julia Robinson
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Corban McGregor
  • Centre for Broncos is number 4 Jayme Fressard
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Yasmin Meakes
  • Winger for Broncos is number 5 Meg Ward
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brydie Parker
  • Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Raecene McGregor
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Melanie Howard
  • Halfback for Broncos is number 13 Tarryn Aiken
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Zahara Temara

Forwards

  • Prop for Broncos is number 8 Millie Boyle
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Simaima Taufa
  • Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Lauren Brown
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Nita Maynard
  • Prop for Broncos is number 16 Shannon Mato
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Filomina Hanisi
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Amber Hall
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Vanessa Foliaki
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Tallisha Harden
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sarah Togatuki
  • Lock for Broncos is number 7 Ali Brigginshaw
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Hannah Southwell

Interchange

  • Interchange for Broncos is number 10 Chelsea Lenarduzzi
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Quincy Dodd
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Annette Brander
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Kennedy Cherrington
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Jessika Elliston
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Grace Hamilton
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Chante Temara
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Jocelyn Kelleher

Match Officials

  • Referee: Belinda Sharpe
  • Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
  • Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
  • Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell

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Key match-up

Ali Brigginshaw v Zahara Temara. Whether at halfback or lock, Brigginshaw is undoubtedly Brisbane's chief playmaker and has been in typically sparkling form. Temara is a huge attacking threat with the ability to score tries, set them up as well as kicking goals.

Stat attack

The Broncos have won their two grand finals against the Roosters and Dragons by a combined margin of 64-18.