The Warriors host St George Illawarra in round two of the Holden Women's Premiership at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday, for the first time in NRLW history.
First-round winners the Warriors were impressive against the Roosters and now get their chance to play a standalone fixture in front of friends and family in Auckland.
A victory could book the Warriors into the 2019 grand final if results go their way, while a Dragons victory will keep them in reach of making the decider.
Match: Warriors v Dragons
Round 2 -
Venue: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
- Nine Network
Warriors: Onjeurlina Leiataua has been elevated to the starting line-up at second row along with left winger Roela Radiniyavuni. Tyler Reid has been promoted from the reserves to the bench with Kathleen Wharton-Keremete dropping dfrom the second row to the interchange.
Dragons: The Dragons have brought in Rikeya Horne from the reserves to the right wing, while Keeley Davis has also been elevated into the starting side at five-eighth. Najvada George and Aaliyah Fasavalu-Fa'amusili are the new faces on the interchange.
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Apii NichollsFullback for Dragons is number 1 Botille Vette-Welsh
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Hilda MariuWinger for Dragons is number 19 Rikeya Horne
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Atawhai TupaeaCentre for Dragons is number 3 Jessica Sergis
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Jules NewmanCentre for Dragons is number 4 Tiana Penitani
Winger for Warriors is number 18 Roela RadiniyavuniWinger for Dragons is number 5 Shakiah Tungai
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Timaima RavisaFive-Eighth for Dragons is number 14 Keeley Davis
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Charntay PokoHalfback for Dragons is number 7 Maddie Studdon
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Annetta NuuausalaProp for Dragons is number 10 Maitua Feterika
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Krystal RotaHooker for Dragons is number 9 Brittany Breayley
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Aieshaleigh SmalleyProp for Dragons is number 17 Ngatokotoru Arakua
2nd Row for Warriors is number 24 Onjeurlina Leiataua2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Kezie Apps
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Crystal Tamarua2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Shaylee Bent
Lock for Warriors is number 13 Georgia HaleLock for Dragons is number 13 Holli Wheeler
Interchange for Warriors is number 11 Kathleen WhartonInterchange for Dragons is number 15 Takilele Katoa
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Kanyon PaulInterchange for Dragons is number 16 Maddison Weatherall
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Billy-Jean AleInterchange for Dragons is number 18 Najvada George
Interchange for Warriors is number 25 Tyler ReidInterchange for Dragons is number 21 Aaliyah Fasavalu-Fa'amausili
They're team-mates at international level but now Annetta Nuuausala and Maitua Feterika will go head-to-head in a front-row battle that could play a huge part in the game. Both forwards like to stamp their authority early. The Warriors did a job on the Roosters forward pack and the Dragons should expect a similar challenge.
For the Warriors to win
The creativity of Charntay Poko was the difference against the Roosters last start and the Warriors will be relying on her combination with Timaima Ravisa to keep on improving. If Poko can produce a similar game on home turf then the Dragons could be chasing their season in the final round of the competition.
For the Dragons to win
Put simply they need to just hold the ball. They had plenty of chances against the Broncos but were their own worst enemies with a 62 per cent completion rate in the second half. It was always going to take time for the side to jell but it's time they don't have in such a short competition.
Tarsha Gale says ...
This will be the first NRLW game to be held in New Zealand and the Warriors are looking forward to the home ground advantage. They are coming off an impressive win last week against the Roosters. It looks like the odds are stacked against the Dragons, but I'm predicting an upset. The forwards, led by Kezie Apps, will all find that little bit extra to make up for the loss of Teuila Fotu-Moala. Dragons by 4
The kicking game of Poko was enormous for the Warriors with a whopping 515 metres off the boot. However, Poko was the only player in the line-up to kick the ball against the Roosters, which should allow the Dragons to focus on her as the main playmaker in terms of kick pressure.
And another thing ...
The clash will include at least six Dragons players with a Kiwi background returning home to New Zealand.