The St George Illawarra Dragons will meet the Sydney Roosters on Thursday, August 3rd at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Round 3 of the 2023 NRLW season. This is your game day guide.
Clancy earns NRLW debut
Sophie Clancy is set to become the 78th NRLW player to don the Red V when she takes the field on Thursday night against the Roosters.
A Singleton-native who spent last season on a development deal with the Knights, Clancy comes onto the interchange for Round 3 and is expected to share hooking duties with Round 2 debutant Kaarla Cowan.
The 20-year-old turned heads as a multi-sport athlete excelling at rugby union, Australian rules football, and touch football as a teenager before settling on rugby league.
Where: Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park
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Wingers looking to back up dream debuts
Fresh off debut doubles against the Eels, Margot Vella and Cortez Te Pou will look to back up their efforts against the Roosters on Thursday night.
Vella finished the afternoon with two tries, two line breaks, and 76 run metres whilst Te Pou scored twice and ran for 91 metres.
The duo will again line up on either wing as Jamie Soward’s squad looks to secure back-to-back wins and entrench themselves in the top four.
A day out for Dragons Debutantes
Berry vs. Baxter
Two of the NRLW’s standout fullbacks – Teagan Berry and Corban Baxter – will match-up against each other in Round 3.
Berry has been in scorching hot form since making the move to fullback to start the season having scored back-to-back doubles, assisted on a try, and run for a premiership-leading 474 metres with 13 tackle breaks.
A former NSW representative, Baxter has scored twice and run for 242 metres with three tackle breaks in her two games at the back for the Tricolours.
Jess Sergis makes her way back from a hamstring issue to line-up in the centres for the Roosters with Jayme Fressard shifting to the wing and Joeli Morris dropping back to the reserves.
Mya Hill-Moana is out after suffering a head knock last week with Teuila Fotu-Moala coming into the front row and Grace Hamilton joining the interchange.
Amelia Pasikala will start on an edge with Otesa Pule reverting to the bench and Kalosipani Hopoate listed among the reserves.
Familiar faces clash
Several players will come up against their former club when the Dragons and Roosters do battle on Thursday night.
Raecene McGregor, Bobbi Law, and Angelina Teakaraanga-Katoa are former-Roosters whilst Keeley Davis, Jess Sergis, Isabelle Kelly and Teuila Fotu-Moala have all spent time with the Red V.
McGregor took home the Dally M Medal with the Roosters a season ago and won a premiership with the club in 2021.
Davis, meanwhile, is the Dragons’ all-time leader in NRLW appearances and spent time over the past two seasons captaining the squad.