TRY TIME: The Brisbane Broncos celebrate a try to Amber Paris-Hall against the Dragons.
TRY TIME: The Brisbane Broncos celebrate a try to Amber Paris-Hall against the Dragons. BRENDON THORNE

Hancock impressive in Broncos NRLW opener

RUGBY LEAGUE: Steph Hancock made an impressive start to the NRLW season as the Broncos claimed a 14-4 defeat of St George Illawarra earlier.

The Killarney forward was called into the fray in the 14th minute, replacing front-rower Amber Paris-Hall, who barged her way over to get the Broncos on the board.

She made an immediate impact in her first spell, picking up 12 metres with her first touch of the football.

Despite that being her only opportunity in attack, she was strong in defence, making all 13 of her attempted tackles as teams went into the sheds tied at 4-all.

She saw more of the ball in the second half, as her charges continued to get the reigning premiers onto the front foot.

Hancock was replaced by Millie Boyle in the 41st minute, finishing with 56 run metres from her four hit-ups, to go along with 22 post contact metres and 22 tackles at a 100% efficiency.

A try in the 49th minute to Rona Peters helped the Broncos open up a 14-4 lead deep in the contest, helping Brisbane to an ideal start to the season, and maintaining its perfect run since the start of the NRLW last year.

Former Warwick student Heather Ballinger was named in the extended 21-woman squad heading into the contest, however was not chosen in the final 17.

The Broncos will next play the Roosters on Saturday afternoon, who suffered a shock opening round loss to the Warriors.



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