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The NRLW Dragons will take on the Newcastle Knights at Gosford's Central Coast Stadium on Sunday, September 18 (3:45pm). Here is your NRLW Round 5 game day guide.

Heavyweight clash

The Newcastle Knights have turned their fortunes around and now Sunday's clash shapes as a big test for both sides ahead of the 2022 finals series.

The Dragons will field an almost unchanged side from the one that dispatched the Broncos last week, with Tara McGrath-West's move into the starting side the biggest change.

Coach Jamie Soward is becoming renowned for his late changes so keep an eye on late mail before the match.

The Knights have named fullback Tamika Upton after she missed last week’s match forcing Shanice Parker back to the centres. Development player Kayla Romaniuk has been named to debut off the bench while Bobbi Law (hip) has been named in the reserves.

See you again next week

Regardless of the outcome on Sunday, the Dragons and Knights will face off in week one of the NRLW finals.

Keep a close eye on this match knowing both sides will need to play each other again next week with their seasons on the line.

McGrath-West's big day out

Riverina product Tara McGrath-West announced herself to the competition last weekend with a massive performance.

In just 40 minutes the barnstorming forward racked up 230 running metres, 72 post contact metres, 14 tackles and had the third fastest play the ball of any Dragon. There are exciting times ahead for the 21-year-old in what is her debut NRLW season.

Ferrari out of the garage

There's no doubt Emma Tonegato is one of the premier players in the NRLW competition and this was on full display when the Dragons clashed with the Knights last season.

Emma's two tries, two line breaks, four line break assists, two assists and 193 running metres picked apart the hapless Knights in front of their home crowd leading to a big 40-4 Dragons victory.

The reigning NRLW Dally M medallist can take a lot of confidence out of this performance ahead of Sunday.

Re-live that moment 

In the first-ever NRLW golden point Dragons halfback Rachael Pearson steps up and slots a stunning field goal from almost 30 metres to seal the deal in dramatic fashion. Take a look at the special moment and how the bench reacted.

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