Newly topped Roosters captain Isabelle Kelly nabbed her first NRLW double to get her staff’s premiership defence off to a flying start with a 38-16 win over Parramatta at CommBank Stadium.
The Roosters by no means let go of the lead, scoring 4 tries within the first half and one other three within the second.
They have been ably led by new skipper Kelly whose factors early within the first half arrange the Roosters win.
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Winger Jayme Fressard, a brand new recruit from Newcastle, additionally scored a double.
The free-spirited scoring had commentators diving for the report books to discover out if the Roosters haul was the very best in NRLW historical past.
However ultimately they fell two in need of the Dragons 40-4 drubbing of the Knights in 2021.
The sport was eye-catching in different methods other than the avalanche of factors.
Parramatta’s New Zealand Sevens star Gayle Broughton made her rugby league debut at fullback, whereas the primary AFLW convert Brooke Walker took on the goal-kicking duties for the Eels after kicking 14 targets for Carlton up to now 4 AFLW seasons.
Former Jillaroo fullback Sam Bremner was making her return to the NRLW – this time in Roosters colors – after a two-year absence to have a second little one.
After two glowing runs by Bremner and prop Sarah Togatuk, it was a 3rd Roosters NSW Origin participant in Kelly to put winger Jayme Fressard over on the left nook for first factors,with the match solely seven minutes previous.
Three minutes later and Kelly did all of it herself in a 30-metre run, keeping off Eels centre Abbi Church and dragging fullback Gayle Broughton over the road.
After scoring on the left it was Kelly once more – however this time on the precise – combining with Bremner to get her double for the afternoon, within the area of three minutes.
Zahara Tamara missed her first three conversions – two from the sideline.
However the 12-0 lead off the again of 64 per cent possession appeared to put the Roosters in a useful place.
Momentum swung the Eels manner with hooker Seli Mailangi barging over from dummy-half, earlier than Simaima Taufa once more pushed by flimsy defence after choosing up a free ball shut to the traces.
Scores have been locked up 12-12 as half-time approached.
However Bremner as soon as once more injected herself with a darting run earlier than off-loading to Jess Sergis.
The 2019 Dally M winner hit the line of defense at velocity, spun round and over for the Roosters fourth strive.
It gave the guests the lead 18-12 because the hooter sounded.
It was a see-sawing start to the second half, when former Roosters participant Vanessa Foliaki celebrated her twenty ninth birthday with a strive for the Eels, earlier than Olivia Kernick’s angled run stored the Roosters in entrance 24-16.
However Roosters tries to back-rower Shaniah Energy, a second to Fressard, after which right-side winger Leianne Tufuga put the consequence past doubt.