NSW Girls v Queensland Girls, 7.45pm Friday, GIO Stadium
They’ve received the reigning Dally M medallists at fullback and prop and a pair of Golden Boot winners within the centres, so it’s little surprise NSW arrive in Canberra as favourites.
Jess Sergis and Isabelle Kelly have so usually been the Sky Blues’ most potent strike weapons however the arrival of dual-international Emma Tonegato on the again will take some weight off their shoulders. Millie Boyle will lay the platform up entrance, however you’d be courageous to jot down off a Queensland aspect when hooker Brittany Breayley-Nati and halfback Ali Brigginshaw are pulling the strings. Brigginshaw continues to be the sport’s premier playmaker regardless of a quieter NRLW marketing campaign than we’re used to from her. It means the warmth is on new Sky Blues halves Rachael Pearson and Kirra Dibb to ship a pinpoint kicking sport. Sky Blues by 6.
New Zealand v Tonga, 3.20pm Saturday, Mt Sensible Stadium
What an absolute belter of a sport this will likely be that includes two international locations who will likely be combating it out within the World Cup. Tonga have a superb ahead pack and Kotoni Staggs to plug the halves, which stays their Achilles heel. However it’s unattainable to be not impressed by the Kiwis’ backbone, particularly with Joey Manu at fullback. Anticipate the Rooster to push for man-of-the-match honours. Manu, Jahrome Hughes, Dylan Brown and Brandon Smith are the 4 easy causes New Zealand will win comfortably in entrance of a league-starved dwelling crowd. New Zealand by 14.
Samoa v Prepare dinner Islands, 5.40pm Saturday, Campbelltown Sports activities Stadium
May Samoa be the subsequent Tonga? There may be an abundance of expertise on this Samoan squad and if coach Matt Parish can harness it, they may trigger main upsets on the World Cup. Josh Schuster, Anthony Milford, Taylan Might, Spencer Leniu, Martin Taupau and Izack Tago are simply a few of the promising or established stars which have made themselves obtainable for the conflict towards Prepare dinner Islands. It is a great alternative for Schuster to point out what he’s able to as he prepares to shift into the halves as soon as Kieran Foran leaves Manly on the finish of the 12 months. Samoa at present sit behind France in eighth spot on the planet rankings, however must be the large improver by the top of the 12 months. The Prepare dinner Islands solely have a handful of gamers with NRL expertise and must be no match for his or her extra fancied opponents. Samoa by 14.
Papua New Guinea v Fiji, 7.50pm Saturday, Campbelltown Sports activities Stadium
By no means a boring second on the subject of both of those sides, with Justin Olam’s behavior of ironing out unsuspecting ball-carriers shared by quite a lot of of his outdated PNG Hunters teammates referred to as as much as nationwide responsibility right here. That mentioned, the Fijians pack loads of venom too. Viliame Kikau, Mikaele Ravalawa and Maika Sivo can all lay declare to being among the many NRL’s heaviest hitters. Fiji Bati boast the expertise and NRL names and will likely be too sturdy for the Kumuls, however among the many faces you already know, maintain a watch out for Fijian fullback Sunia Turuva. This Penrith teenager is very rated and had Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins chasing him in a big way earlier than re-signing with the Panthers a number of weeks in the past. Fiji by 16.
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