NRLW Gold Coast Titans break through for first NRLW win over Sydney Roosters – ESPN

Gold Coast are celebrating their history-making first NRLW victory after shutting down the Sydney Roosters in Wollongong.

Their win highlighted Sunday afternoon’s round two action, where Brisbane and St George Illawarra also won.

In their first season in the competition, the Titans were dominant from the outset, running for almost 200 more metres and breaking 28 more tackles in a 26-16 triumph.

Gold Coast captain Brittany Breayley-Nati dedicated the win to those impacted by Queensland’s flooding.

“It was so good … good to improve on last week’s performance,” she told the Nine Network.

“The girls really did it tough, we had a big week training to come back bigger and better and we really did that this week.

“Special mention to the people in Logan and southeast Queensland … that game was for you guys.”

Teenage debutant Jasmine Peters opened the scoring with a significant solo effort, fighting off Roosters’ defenders with pure strength to find the line on four minutes.

A brilliant kick from Grace Griffin found Karina Brown in the corner for her first NRLW try, but Roosters winger Leianne Tufuga benefitted from strong team play to pull it back to 10-6 following an outstanding sideline conversion from Hannah Southwell.

The Titans immediately responded with a bulldozing try from former Rooster Tazmin Gray before Breayley-Nati bruised her way through to score under the post for 22-6.

The Roosters found tries through Sarah Togatuki and Olivia Kernick and were within six with three minutes to play, but Breayley-Nati finished it off with her second try in the final minute.

Earlier, superstar Brisbane duo Millie Boyle and Tamika Upton led the Broncos to a 28-10 triumph against Newcastle to go 2-0 for the season.

Boyle particularly continued her hot form, running for another 193m to back up last week’s record 223m, and she opened the scoring on 14 minutes by barging through the Knights’ line.

Soon after NRLW all-time leading tryscorer Upton was in on the act, combining with Shenae Ciesiolka in a slick one-two that allowed her to cruise through and make it 12-0, while she returned the favour to Ciesiolka with a brilliant assist for 18-0.

Newcastle found some second-half points through Maitua Feterika and Jayme Fressard, who gave her side a chance with a stunning 70m run that saw her break a number of tackles.

Newcastle struggled with ball security throughout the contest, completing just 54 per cent of their sets.

The Dragons completed the triple-header beating Parramatta 10-0 to also make it an unblemished start to the season in a dour affair.

They came out hot and forced a knock-on that allowed Rachael Pearson to cruise over on 10 minutes, while she slotted a penalty 50 minutes later to extend the margin to 8-0.

She added another penalty to make it 10-0 to score all of the points in the match.

Dragon Kody House came as close to anyone else as scoring the game’s second try, with only a desperate dive from Eels fullback Botille Vette-Welsh preventing her crossing on 56 minutes.

“It was pretty crazy … the girls dug so deep and I’m so proud of them all,” Dragons captain Keeley Davis said.

“We worked really hard on (defence) … in years gone by we’ve been pretty poor in that area so it’s been a massive emphasis for us.”