Sydney Roosters crown incredible comeback campaign with first NRLW premiership

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Inspirational striker Sarah Togatuki was the best player on the pitch and duly received the player of the match award.

“She is the heart and soul of the club,” Strange said. “Obviously when she was cleared to play she worked so hard to play in the grand final and obviously get the win. It was great. It was a really good comeback for the players when she was cleared to play .

The Roosters celebrate with the NRLW Premier Trophy.Credit:Getty

The Habs were delighted but Dragons coach Jamie Soward used just one word to describe the feelings in the Red V hangars.

“Shit,” Soward said. “Yeah, it hurts. I’m sorry for the girls. They broke their ass for six weeks and during pre-season. Really hurt for them.

“They’re such a great group, and they’ve given me their attention and bought into everything I’ve tried to put together with the culture, and I’m hurt for them. I’m sorry for them. This will burn for a little while, but someone had to win, someone had to lose.

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Trailing 4-0 at half-time, the Roosters ran in three tries in the second half and kept the Dragons scoreless in a sensational performance.

The opportunity seemed to have been right on Strange’s side early on, as it took less than 90 seconds for the Dragons to open their account.

Emma Tonegato charged from the back of a scrum from midfield from 25 yards, drew two defenders and created an overlap for Madison Bartlett, who scored her sixth try of the season.

The Tricolores conceded the first try of the match, but they dominated the next 10 minutes. Rachael Pearson’s defense then saved a certain try from the Roosters, before there was a heartbreak for the Habs.

Brydie Parker, playing in her third NRLW Grand Final, walked off the court in tears after suffering what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

As Parker fell, Taliah Fuimaono’s shoulder made contact with the winger’s head. This saw Fuimaono sent to sin bin by referee Belinda Sharpe, and the Roosters sent wave after wave of attack to the Red V.

But their defense did not weaken. The closest the Habs managed to score was a Jess Sergis burrow from the dummy half, but the center of the star was held off.

Sergis returned the favor six minutes into the second half, ensuring the Dragons’ lead remained at just four points.

Tonegato was talked about this week after winning the Dally M and RLPA Players’ Champion awards, but it was one of her former Australian sevens teammate Yasmin Meakes who finally tied the game at 4-all .

Meakes popped up close which gave the Roosters a second wind.

A brilliant run and offload from Roosters captain Corban Baxter then created space for Isabelle Kelly, who ran through a hole to put her team ahead with 15 minutes to play. Olivia Higgins sealed the result four minutes from time.

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