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St George Illawarra and the Sydney Roosters square off in the final round of the NRL Telstra Women's Premiership with both foundation clubs having plenty to play for ahead of the finals.

The Dragons have all but locked in a top four finish but could wrap up the minor premiership with another win after thrashing the Knights 40-4 last week.

St George Illawarra lead Brisbane by a +14 points differential on for and against but face a Roosters outfit who all but need to win to keep their finals hopes alive.

After two losses to start their campaign, John Strange's side has bounced back with two wins. They currently sit outside the top four by the smallest of margins.

If they were to lose, they will be relying on the results of the other two matches to go their way.

Traditionally both sides have enjoyed healthy battles against each other in recent years with the Roosters leading the head-to-head clash 2-1.

It will be the second time the Dragons and Roosters faced each other in a standalone fixture after meeting at Leichhardt Oval in 2019.

The Rundown

Team news

Dragons: The Dragons will line up as named with no late changes.

Rachael Pearson (back) drops out of the squad with Quincy Dodd set to come in at halfback. Kody House will also start in place of Talei Holmes as per last week's late change, with Janelle Williams, Renee Targett and Aliti Namoce named to join her on the bench.

Roosters: No late changes for the Roosters. Star centre Jess Sergis (ankle) and Indigenous All Stars representative Keilee Joseph (COVID-19) have been named to return for the must-win clash at Kogarah. Brydie Parker returns to the wing with Yasmin Meakes shifting back to the forwards.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Emma Tonegato
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 Corban Baxter
  • Winger for Dragons is number 2 Teagan Berry
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Leianne Tufuga
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Jaime Chapman
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Jessica Sergis
  • Centre for Dragons is number 4 Page McGregor
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Isabelle Kelly
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Madison Bartlett
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brydie Parker
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Taliah Fuimaono
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Zahara Temara
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 14 Quincy Dodd
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Raecene McGregor

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Elsie Albert
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Sarah Togatuki
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Keeley Davis
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Olivia Higgins
  • Prop for Dragons is number 10 Kezie Apps
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Mya Hill-Moana
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Shaylee Bent
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Yasmin Meakes
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 15 Kody House
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Olivia Kernick
  • Lock for Dragons is number 13 Holli Wheeler
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Hannah Southwell

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 11 Talei Holmes
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Jocelyn Kelleher
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Janelle Williams
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Keilee Joseph
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 18 Renee Targett
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Tayla Predebon
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 21 Aliti Namoce-Sagano
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Simone Karpani

Reserves

  • Replacement for Dragons is number 19 Keele Browne
    Replacement for Roosters is number 19 Kalosipani Hopoate

Match Officials

  • Referee: Belinda Sharpe
  • Senior Review Official: Chris Butler

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Key match-up

Page McGregor v Jessica Sergis: Forget the sibling battle between the McGregor sisters, the Dragons will have one eye on former star Jess Sergis after she left the club for the Roosters in 2022. McGregor has held her own outstandingly since making her return to rugby league from sevens last year and will be looking to hold her own against 2019 Dally M medal winner Sergis on home turf.

Stat attack

Both sides are excelling in the post-contact metres department with St George Illawarra (1909 metres) and the Roosters (1810 metres) ranked first and second respectively ahead of the other four NRLW clubs. Dragons prop Elsie Albert leads the competition on 235 with Isabelle Kelly not far behind on 229.

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