Newcastle’s international sensation Isabelle Kelly may have crossed for the Sydney Roosters in their opening NRL Womens Premiership fixture against the New Zealand Warriors, but it wasn’t enough as the tri-colours were downed 4-10 at ANZ Stadium.
Roosters coach Adam Hartigan said the club’s first outing into the newly founded national competition was “disappointing” after much of the opening 30 minute half was marred by mistakes and errors from the nervous debutantes.
While Hartigan was obviously not pleased with the one-try-to-two result, he said the 60 minute clash was “pretty special”.
“It was a great first hit out, and we know we need to get better,” he said.
Disappointment – mixed with jubilation – was the story of the weekend for the Hunter’s league cohort, as Hannah Southwell and Holli Wheeler were on the wrong side of a 30-4 scoreline with the St George Illawarra Dragons.
Wheeler moved to a starting second row position for the clash against the Brisbane Broncos, who were guided to their 26 point win with a massive performance by fullback Chelsea Baker.
Baker recorded the NRLW’s first ever double, while also slotting four goals in front of 18,853 at Suncorp Stadium as part of the curtain-raiser for the NRL elimination final between the Broncos and Dragons.
The NRLW’s second round fixtures will be revealed later in the week.