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Broncos sound warning with NRLW win

By AAP Newswire

Brisbane have all but cemented their spot in the NRLW final after overcoming some early nerves to convincingly beat the Sydney Roosters 14-4.

The win at Allianz Stadium on Friday was the Broncos' second from as many matches and confirmed their status as the team to beat in the inaugural women's competition.

However, Broncos coach Paul Dyer isn't certain that is the case.

"There's three sides still left in this competition. The Dragons will certainly improve and the Warriors are just what we knew they'd be.

"We're certainly not getting ahead of ourselves. We've got a lot of hard work over the next couple of weeks and we just hope it's enough to get us in the grand final."

The Roosters are winless after two games and out of the running to advance. To make matters worse, star prop Ruan Sims suffered a suspected broken thumb.

As well, they could be without star centre Isabelle Kelly next week after a crusher tackle on Meg Ward midway through the second half.

The Broncos led 10-0 at halftime but the scoreline could have easily been reversed after the Roosters bombed two tries in the opening 13 minutes.

Back-rower Vanessa Foliaki looked certain to score before being held up by a desperate Chelsea Baker.

Roosters fullback Karina Brown also let a try go begging when she failed to ground a loose grubber, and from there the Broncos took control.

Ali Brigginshaw dummied her way through the line before Teuila Fotu-Moala crashed over five minutes later to give the Broncos a healthy lead at the break.

Fotu-Moala was sensational, running for 122m as well as making two linebreaks and four tackle busts.

Broncos centre Ward delivered the coup de grace seven minutes after halftime.

Kelly got the Roosters' only points when she crossed on the back of a weight of possession with two minutes remaining.

After their 30-4 romp over the Dragons last week, the Broncos are the only unbeaten side in the competition.

They would have to lose to the Warriors next week and have several results run against them to miss the final.