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The Dragons and the Broncos will do battle in the 2019 NRLW grand final on Sunday setting up one of the biggest clashes in the history of the competition.

There is plenty to look forward to in this decider, but we've condensed everything into just five things.

The final countdown

The Dragons are just one win away from claiming their first-ever NRLW premiership and becoming the first side outside of Queensland to do so.

They face a tough Brisbane Broncos side who up until last week, had never lost a game in the women's format. The Broncos will be looking to go back-to-back after taking out last year's competition and will bank on their experience this time around to help.

A shaky start in Round 1 finished with the Broncos defeating the Dragons in a close 14-4 encounter. But the Dragons have gone from strength to strength and are riding a tidal wave of momentum into the final.

Strike power

You won't find a more lethal back five in the NRLW than the Dragons'. Loaded with pace, power and agility, the Dragons will need their outside backs to fire on Sunday.

Centre Jessica Sergis almost single handily took down the Roosters last week, while Tiana Penitani has scored two tries in her last two games. On the flanks, Shakiah Tungai can finish a try with the best of them in the NRL, and pocket rocket Rikeya Horne is always a danger.

Tying it all together is Bo Vette-Welsh who was nominated for Dally M Female Player of the Year and averaging 160 metres per game. 

Penitani lauds 'lethal' Horne

Maitua Feterika v Millie Boyle

The battle of the forwards will be a massive determiner in which side finishes as champions on Sunday.

Feterika has been one of the Dragons' best this season and also one of the most damaging forwards in the competition. Feterika outdid nine of the Roosters' squad in post contact metres alone last week, and averages 157 metres per game.

While in just her first season in the NRLW, Boyle has made a name for herself as one of the best props in the game. Boyle is a tireless worker while on the paddock, with 68 tackles and 315 metres to her name in 110 minutes this season.

Big stage

It doesn't get much bigger than playing the curtain-raiser to the NRL grand final at a rapidly filling ANZ Stadium – that’s the scenario for both sides on Sunday, making experience on the big stage a valuable commodity.

The Broncos have experience on their side with up to 10 players remaining from the squad that won the title last year. But the Dragons have three former Broncos from the same premiership-winning side last year set to feature.

The Dragons have several players who have played in big matches – Origins, Test matches, World Cup games – so grand final day shouldn't be too much an ask.

Dally M represent

With the likes of Brittany Breayley and Jessica Sergis in the Dragons' side, the Red V will field both female Dally M winners from the NRLW era on Sunday.

Breayley was the first to be awarded the highest individual honour in the new women's format last year, while Jessica Sergis was presented with the award on Wednesday. Their talent and experience will be invaluable on Sunday. 

Acknowledgement of Country

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