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The Dragons had to work for their victory against the Sydney Roosters on Sunday, but the 24-16 triumph has seen them qualify for the club's maiden NRLW grand final appearance against the Brisbane Broncos.

Take a look back at how the Dragons overcame a determined Tricolours to reach the big dance.

The breakdown 
Attack – Once the attacking cogs started turning, the Dragons were hard to stop and scored over 20 points for the second week in a row. The Dragons ran for 1,243 metres with 346 of those coming post-contact.

Throughout the match, the Dragons averaged 42.9 metres per set and also busted 29 tackles. Three line breaks and an 80 per cent goal conversion rate, all contributed to another impressive attacking display from the Red V.

Defence – Despite finishing behind on the scoreboard, the Roosters found some success against the Dragons defence. The Red V conceded more post-contact metres then the Roosters, and also conceded more line breaks. While making fewer tackles then the Roosters, the Dragons had more ineffective tackles.

Discipline – The Dragons left some clunky performances in the past on Sunday and produced their most clinical display of the season. The Dragons completed 25 of 29 sets (86 per cent) and offered the Roosters only one penalty during the entire match.

A solid tackle efficiency of 86.8 per cent (24 misses) with 58 per cent possession to boot rounded out a performance that was worthy of a grand final appearance.

NRLW match highlights: Round 3 v Roosters

Star performance 
Jessica Sergis 

Star centre Jessica Sergis was almost unstoppable on Sunday, turning defence into attack and wreaking havoc at Leichhardt Oval.

Sergis ran 11 times for an impressive 213 metres, including 38 post-contact metres. The 22-year-old also produced one try assist, two tries and six tackle breaks.

If you tally her stats into fantasy numbers, Sergis scored 69 points and would’ve been an excellent captaincy option.

Key numbers 

2,293 – The number of spectators which turned up to Leichhardt Oval to watch an afternoon of high-quality women's rugby league. Fans watched on as the future stars of the NRLW contested the curtain-raiser that saw the Dragons trump the Roosters convincingly 20-8. NRL stars from both the Dragons and Roosters were also in attendance to watch the main game.

Nine – The amount of Roosters players rampaging Dragons prop Maitua Feterika outdid in post-contact metres alone.

Acknowledgement of Country

St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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