As it happened: Wāhine toa! Warriors women win first NRLW match against Roosters with stellar defensive display

Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live updates of this afternoon's NRLW contest between the Roosters and Warriors at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

FT: SYD 4-10 WAR

The Warriors win it! Superb second half defence has brought them an upset win and they earned it. A composed first up performance and they've etched their names in the history books with it. They'll be annoyed their kicking game didn't quite pin down the Roosters the way they could've but a wins a win and tonight is a pretty special one. That does it for our coverage of this match but stay tuned for live updates of the Warriors and All Blacks later tonight!

59min: SYD 4-10 WAR

BOOM! THAT'S A MASSIVE SHOT FROM MARIU! Kelly looks to run down the left edge and she is smoked by captain. That should win the game. Warriors ball with 20s left.

58min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Knock on by the Warriors 30m from the Roosters line. One last chance for the Roosters.

57min: SYD 4-10 WAR

The defence does it again! Roosters go down the line to the left wing on their last tackle 20m out but the defence is there in numbers and forces another knock on. What a wall from the women this afternoon!

55min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Another stunning defensive set from the Warriors and they force the Roosters mistake! 10m out on the last tackle the Warriors line rushes the playmakers and there's a knock on. Superb pressure and the Kelly buckles under it! Warriors scrum 20m from their line.

54min: SYD 4-10 WAR

That might be the brain explosion the Roosters need to get into the contest. Smalley for some reason runs the ball on the last tackle with the Warriors still in their own half! She's taken down on halfway and gives the Roosters great attacking position.

53min: SYD 4-10 WAR

And still the game remains in a midfield deadlock. Both defences not letting anything through and forcing kicks on the last. Roosters go high once again but Apii Nicholls is all over it again. Warriors set on their 30m with seven minutes left.

50min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Roosters under all sorts of pressure as the Warriors defence swarms them for another impressive defensive set and there's a knock on! Warriors scrum 35m from their own line.

47min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Roosters grubber on the last tackle but Apii-Nicholls swoops across and slides in to take it 3m from her line. Warriors then get a penalty early in the set for getting held down too long so they get out of their half.

44min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Game continues to being fought in the middle of the field with neither side getting deep into the others' territory. This could come down to who cracks first as time ticks on.

42min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Strong set from the Warriors is finished by a pinpoint kick on the last tackle by Mariu. Roosters stuck inside their 10m.

41min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Warriors defence survives as the Roosters make another handling error. Warriors scrum 10m from their line.

38min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Roosters back on attack after a linebreak from Brown. They're 5m out on the last tackle but the Warriors are penalised for a two-player strip! More pressure on the Warriors.

36min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Big tackle from Apii-Nicholls on the last stops the Roosters from scoring. Warriors with the ball 2m from their line.

35min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Yikes. That's 30 seconds Vailea will want to forget. She drops the ball cold 2m from the Roosters line to hand the ball over before giving up a penalty 20s later for holding on to long in the next tackle. Roosters go from defending their line to a new set on halfway.

33min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Warriors get a good chance early after the Roosters are penalised for holding down in the tackle too long. Warriors kick for touch and get a new set 40m from Sydney's line.

30min: SYD 4-10 WAR

Warriors get things back underway.

HT: SYD 4-10 WAR

First half of the NRLW is wrapped up and the Warriors are in front! Rightfully so after owning the first 25 minutes of the match in all areas of the game but a lapse in discipline gave the Roosters their chance and they converted. If the Warriors can remain disciplined and keep using their pack to make big metres, they should win the first ever NRLW match. Exciting final 30 coming up.

28min: SYD 4-10 WAR

SYD TRY! Roosters get on the board with midfield weapon Kelly! She cuts back to the right from 10m out and sees a hole. Blitzes between two defenders and reaches out to score. Big two minutes before halftime coming up for the Warriors.

26min: SYD 0-10 WAR

Pressure continuing to mount as the Warriors give up another penalty. Roosters just 10m out now.

25min: SYD 0-10 WAR

Warriors are penalised for being offside and gives the Roosters a chance to get back in this contest. They'll start their set 40m from the Warriors' line.

23min: SYD 0-10 WAR

Roosters are again penalised after another handling error and it gives the Warriors more attacking chances. Kiwi club with a new set on halfway.

21min: SYD 0-10 WAR

Warriors with a knock on after the kick off. So that gives the Roosters a scrum 10m from halfway.

20min: SYD 0-10 WAR

WAR TRY! Gago goes in under the pasts off a beauty of a pass from Mariu in the midfield. Short, flat and timed for Gago to run onto and she hits the line with speed. Can't be stopped and the Warriors build on their lead.

17min: SYD 0-4 WAR

Warriors get a pair of penalties now so they're in great field position to launch an attack. New set 40m from the Roosters' line.

16min: SYD 0-4 WAR

Stoppage in play as Nuuausala receives some attention after absolutely flattening a Roosters runner. It looks like it's her knee. She's getting it strapped in the hopes of playing on. Warriors ball on their 10m.

15min: SYD 0-4 WAR

Pair of penalites gives Roosters some great territory. New set 20m out from the Warriors line.

12min: SYD 0-4 WAR

Roosters hold on with a big tackle as there's a knock on 2m from the line. Syndey scrum on their 10m. 

11min: SYD 0-4 WAR

Brilliant set after kickoff from the Warriors as they make 50m in the set. There's a deflection from the Roosters on the last tackle so it's six more and only 20m out!

10min: SYD 0-4 WAR

WAR TRY! HISTORY! Warriors winger Hilda Mariu scores the first try in NRLW history as the Kiwi club uses numbers on the right wing. Simple draw and pass and a classy finish in the corner from Mariu. Kiwis convert on all their early pressure.

7min: SYD 0-0 WAR

Warriors continue to dominate the early going as the Roosters remain pinned in there half and force yet another mistake! Knock on in the play the ball so the Warriors get a scrum just inside the Roosters' 20m. Big chance here.

5min: SYD 0-0 WAR

Strange move from Studdon. On the third tackle, she kicks the ball out on the full! Warriors say "thanks!" and get a scrum on halfway.

4min: SYD 0-0 WAR

Warriors get within 2m of the line before the last but can't break the Roosters so they go for a kick on the last tackle. It's high and too deep. Bounces dead for a Roosters 20m restart.

2min: SYD 0-0 WAR

Strong start for the Warriors witha 57m set. They go high on the last and the Roosters recover but a massive tackle sees Brown driven back inside her 10m. Roosters are swamped in their opening set and there's a knock on! Warriors scrum 25m from the Roosters line. Perfect start!


Roosters get things underway!


The Warriors women play their first competitive match against the Roosters this weekend.
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The Warriors women are set to make history as they feature in the first professional women's rugby league match this afternoon but they'll have their work cut out for them against a strong Roosters outfit.

The Kiwi club has been forced to make a few altercations to their line up for this afternoon's contest with Onjeurlina Laiataua shifting to the back-row and Tamika Jazz Noble-Bell dropping to the bench.

Sarina Clark has been promoted from the bench to start at centre while Lorina Papali'i, mother of Warriors player Isaiah, will come off the bench.

Against them is a star-studded Roosters pack filled with 10 NSW players.

A key combo the Warriors will need to shut down is halves pairing Maddie Studdon and Lavina O'Mealey but there will also be focus put on centre Isabelle Kelly.


SYD: 1. Botille Vette-Welsh, 2. Karina Brown, 3. Shontelle Stowers, 4. Isabelle Kelly, 5. Taleena Simon, 6. Lavina O'Mealey, 7. Maddie Studdon, 8. Simaima Taufa (c), 9. Kylie Hilder, 10. Elianna Walton, 11. Tazmin Gray, 12. Vanessa Foliaki, 13. Zahara Temara

Interchange: 14. Nita Maynard, 15. Sarah Togatuki, 16. Chloe Caldwell, 17. Victoria Latu

WAR: 1 Apii Nicholls, 2 Langi Veainu, 3 Shontelle Woodman, 14 Sarina Clark, 5 Hilda Mariu, 6 Laura Mariu (C), 7 Georgia Hale, 8 Annetta-Claudia Nuuausala, 9 Krystal Rota, 10 Aieshaleigh Smalley, 4 Onjeurlina Leiataua, 12 Alice Vailea, 13 Luisa Gago

Interchange: 11 Tanika-Jazz Noble-Bell, 15 Lorina Papali’i, 18 Sui Tauasa-Pauaraisa, 17 Kahurangi Peters


Former Warriors hardman Motu Tony wants to restore 'Kiwis family feel' to team after taking new role at NZRL

Rugby league's administration is full of former players looking to give back in some way, but it's fair to say only few deserve to be there as much as Motu Tony.

Having helped transform one of the UK's powerhouse clubs, he's now looking to do the same as the high performance manager behind the Kiwis.

After an illustrious 11-year career, Tony took on some serious advice from former team manager Sir Peter Lietch in 2012.

"I remember the Mad Butcher saying to me, ‘you're not Stacey Jones,' so I knew that quite early [in my career] I wasn't the most talented player."

An embarrassed Sir Peter admits he doesn’t quite remember dishing out the harsh dose of reality but knows what he meant by saying it.

"I would've only said that to help him because some guys are going to have a big career in football and some aren't."

Remembering the Mad Butcher's advice, the 13-Test Kiwi ended his career in the UK and started a bachelor's degree.

Just months into study, he returned to his former English club Hull as the youngest ever senior sports administrator in the game.

"I was told that I was the only Pacific islander in senior sports administration," Tony said.

"I know it's flattering for me but it’s something I’m keen to sort of change."

The best recruiters make a name taking risks.

Last year, the 37-year-old packed up his family of seven to take a role as interim CEO of Baseball New Zealand before joining the NZR as their general manager for high performance.

His first task - getting the Kiwis to restore pride against the Kangaroos next month.

"When you have the Junior Kiwis, the Kiwi Ferns and the Kiwis all playing on the one day, one venue, it promotes the Kiwi family feel again.

"That's something we haven't had in our sport for a very long time."

Tony will bring all his experiences as a player and sports administrator to the organisation. Source: 1 NEWS | Sky


Jason Taumalolo, Andrew Fifita headline strong Mate Ma'a Tonga squad for Kangaroos Test

Mate Ma’a Tonga’s head coach Kristian Woolf has named a strong 29-man squad to take on the Kangaroos in a historic Test match in Auckland next month.

NRL powerhouses Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita headline a squad full of talent and stars.

The New Zealand Warriors have four players in the squad - wing David Fusitu’a, centre Solomone Kata and forwards Agnatius Paasi and Leviaha Pulu.

"We are very pleased with the depth in the squad we have managed to name for this very important Test match," said Woolf.

"We feel it is representative of the depth of Tongan rugby league in both the NRL and English Super League and also rewards players that have made firm commitments to playing for their country of heritage.

"This will be a huge occasion for Tonga to take on the top-ranked rugby league country in the world, so we need every player we can committed to the goal."

The Test will be played at Mount Smart Stadium on October 20.

Mate Ma'a Tonga squad:

Andrew Fifita (Cronulla Sharks), Addin Fonua-Blake (Manly Sea Eagles), Mahe Fonua (Wests Tigers), Moeaki Fotuaika (Gold Coast Titans), David Fusitu’a (NZ Warriors), Siliva Havili (Canberra Raiders), Ata Hingano (Canberra Raiders), Will Hopoate (Canterbury Bulldogs), Konrad Hurrell (Gold Coast Titans), Michael Jennings (Parramatta Eels), Robert Jennings (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Solomone Kata (NZ Warriors), Sione Katoa (Penrith Panthers), Samisoni Langi (Catalans Dragons), Tuimoala Lolohea (Wests Tigers), Sika Manu (Hull FC), Sam Moa (Catalans Dragons), Ben Murdoch-Masilla (Warrington Wolves), Joe Ofahengaue (Brisbane Broncos), Tevita Pangai Junior (Brisbane Broncos), Agnatius Paasi (NZ Warriors), Leviaha Pulu (NZ Warriors), Scott Sorenson (Cronulla Sharks), Ukuma Ta’ai (Huddersfield Giants), Jason Taumalolo (North Queensland Cowboys), Tevita Tatola (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Sio Siua Taukeiaho (Sydney Roosters), Peni Terepo (Parramatta Eels), Daniel Tupou (Sydney Roosters).

Jason Taumalolo leads the Tongan haka.
England v Tonga, Semi-Final, Rugby League World Cup 2017. RLWC2017. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland New Zealand. Saturday 25 November 2017 © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga /
Jason Taumalolo has committed to Mate Ma'a Tonga. Source: Photosport



'They will be pumped to get one on their coach' - Warriors women to face Broncos mentor

If Brisbane star Teuila Fotu-Moala comes off second best with the Warriors' Onjeurlina Leiataua in Friday's NRL Women's Premiership clash, she will only have herself to blame.

Feared Kiwi Ferns back-rower Fotu-Moala has revealed she used to be the coach of her Warriors rival at hometown Auckland club Otahuhu Leopards, helping her cut her teeth in the sport.

In fact the bulk of the Warriors squad played under Fotu-Moala at the Leopards.

Now they line up against their mentor in the NRL Women's Premiership last round, with a grand final spot on the line for Brisbane.

"I have actually coached her (Leiataua) at club level. The bulk of those (Warriors) girls I have coached at clubland so I know how they play," Fotu-Moala said.

"When it comes to next level footy I don't know what they are like, but I am sure they will be pumped to get one on their coach."

Fotu-Moala has plenty of close friends at the Warriors after forging strong friendships with her Leopards charges.

But she had no problem using her inside knowledge against her ex-pupils, as the Broncos eye off a spot in the inaugural grand final.

Teuila Fotu-Moala on attack. Kiwi Ferns v England, Women’s Rugby League World Cup Semi Final at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney, Australia on 26 November 2017. Copyright Image: David Neilson /
Teuila Fotu-Moala on attack for the Kiwi Ferns against England. Source: Photosport

Brisbane are the competition's only unbeaten team, and can guarantee a grand final appearance with a third straight victory in Melbourne on Friday.

"I know from what I have learnt from my coaching what gets in her head," Fotu- Moala said of Leiataua.

"Whatever I know I will use it on the field."

Fotu-Moala is on a collision course with explosive Warriors back-rower Leiataua at AAMI Park, with Kiwi Ferns jumpers also on the line ahead of October's Auckland Test against the Jillaroos.

"I am pretty excited to come up against some of my best friends," Fotu-Moala said of the Warriors (1-1 record).

Onjeurlina Leiataua on attack. Roosters v Warriors, NRL Holden Women's Premiership.  ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia. 8th Sept 2018. Copyright Photo: David Neilson /
Warriors women player Onjeurlina Leiataua on attack against the Sydney Roosters. Source: Photosport

'I just want to protect my family' - Sam Burgess hopeful NRL finalises investigation into sexting scandal soon

An emotional Sam Burgess thanked his wife, family and club for their support during the NRL's investigation into a sexting scandal, suggesting the truth will come out before South Sydney's preliminary final on Saturday.

Burgess addressed reporters on Tuesday, speaking publicly for the first time about allegations lewd images were sent to a young woman from one of his social media accounts earlier this year.

The Englishman refused to discuss specifics, reiterating throughout the 12-minute press conference he is "happy for the truth to come out" but unable to comment publicly because the league's integrity unit is still probing the matter.

Burgess expects the NRL will finalise its investigation within 24-48 hours.

The 29-year-old possess some of the broadest shoulders in the league but it was clear on Tuesday the allegations, made public on the eve of the Rabbitohs' semi- final against St George Illawarra, have taken some toll.

Burgess struggled to speak at the start of Tuesday's interview then became deeply emotional when discussing his heavily-pregnant wife Phoebe.

"I just want to protect my family in this whole thing," Burgess said.

"I just want them to be safe and happy and with my current situation at home (photographers and TV cameras camped outside), there's no chance of that.

"I'm not angry. What hurts me the most is seeing my wife upset about what's out there.

"I've been in situations before, dealt with much harder things in my life ... and football has always been great for me.

"My poor family, they don't have the distraction I do. I will be fine come game time."

The league is in the final stages of its investigation.

Burgess could yet be suspended but Souths' talismanic forward, who won the Clive Churchill medal in their 2014 grand-final victory, is very much preparing to play the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.

"There's a lot of important things going on at the moment. I've got some serious football games in front of me, this process we're going through," he said.

"It's been a tough process to go through ... as someone said earlier, a bit of a circus.

"Fortunately I've got a strong wife.

"My teammates have been fantastic. We all have challenges at times. We get through them, we grow. It's brought us together.

"I'm grateful that two of my brothers are in the team ... I've got plenty of support around me."

Asked about the timing of the story about the incident in May, Burgess replied "you can make your own assumptions".

Burgess insisted he wasn't "running away and hiding from what's out there" but had to respect the integrity unit's process.

"I'm not going to put myself into a position that's going to get me into trouble," he said.

Burgess hopes the issue will be solved in the next two days. Source: 9 NEWS Sydney