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Records will be broken on Sunday when the Warriors host the Dragons in a history making Women's Premiership clash. Here are five things to keep an eye out for during the match.

Home away from home

Despite the match being a home game for the Warriors, a large portion of the Dragons will be heading back to New Zealand and playing in front of friends and family.

Six players from the Dragons hail from New Zealand including fullback Bo Vette-Welsh and playmaker Kimiora Nati. The stands will be filled with Warriors supporters but don't discount a strong Dragons contingent cheering on their New Zealand-born players wearing the Red V.

Nati watch

For followers on the women's game, it's no surprise Kimiora Nati will be an essential factor if the Dragons are to win on Sunday.

The New Zealand international and last year's Karyn Murphy Medallist (best on ground) in the first NRLW grand final, Nati's influence on any given game is evident.

Nati starred for the Dragons in their last start, setting up the Dragons' only try from a pinpoint kick and also had the fastest play the ball of any player on the ground (2.16s). Nati's impact holds the key to a Dragons victory.

Kimiora Nati in action for the Dragons
Kimiora Nati in action for the Dragons

History making clash 

The Warriors host St George Illawarra in Round 2 of the Women's Premiership at Mt Smart Stadium in the first standalone fixture in NRLW history. It is also the first Women's Premiership match held in New Zealand.

The Warriors have never beaten the Dragons and will no doubt see Sunday's history-making clash as a chance to do so.

Charntay Poko v Maddie Studdon 

Two vastly different playmakers but equally as influential, come head to head in this crucial match up.

Poko was the star of Round 1 last week, scoring an important try and also producing one line break, five tackle breaks and kicking for an impressive 515 metres.

While Studdon struggled to test the Broncos, her displays on the representative stage for both Australia and New South Wales in the past continue to highlight the threat she poses in attack.

Keep an eye on the two halfbacks and who has a bigger influence on the outcome.

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Now or never

With a short three-game season, Sunday's match is already a must win game for the Dragons.

The Warriors started strong with a victory over the Roosters while the Dragons came up short against the Broncos. If the Dragons are a chance to make the 2019 grand final, they will need to win their next two games and hope they have done enough to qualify for the big dance.

Acknowledgement of Country

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