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Brisbane and Parramatta are set to collide for the first time in NRLW history to wrap up the final round of the competition with spots in the top four on the line at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

The Broncos surrendered top spot on the NRLW ladder after a shock loss to the Titans last week while Parramatta's inconsistent season continued with a one-point defeat to the Roosters.

It sets up a vital clash to round out the regular season with Brisbane requiring a big win over the Eels, and relying on the Dragons to lose, to wrap up their fourth minor premiership.

Parramatta face a big challenge to not only beat the Broncos but fend off the Titans and Roosters to reach the finals. A positive for the blue and gold will be they'll know where they stand before they run out onto Suncorp Stadium.

The match-up promises to be a fiery clash with plenty of State of Origin talent from NSW and Queensland in both sides.

The Rundown

Team news

Broncos: Tamika Upton has been ruled out with COVID and her place at fullback is taken by Hayley Maddick with Jada Ferguson joining the bench.

Millie Boyle and Emily Bass are named to return for the huge clash against the Eels. Amber Hall moves back to her preferred edge role with Tallisha Harden to come off the bench.

Eels: Ellie Johnston has come into the starting side on Saturday with Jamie-Ann Wright dropping out. Tommaya Kelly-Sines joins the bench after originally being named among the reserves on Tuesday.

Abbi Church maintains her spot in the centres with Jocephy Daniels listed as 18th player. 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Broncos is number 14 Hayley Maddick
    Fullback for Eels is number 1 Botille Vette-Welsh
  • Winger for Broncos is number 2 Hagiga Mosby
    Winger for Eels is number 2 Taina Naividi
  • Centre for Broncos is number 3 Amy Turner
    Centre for Eels is number 3 Tiana Penitani
  • Centre for Broncos is number 4 Shenae Ciesiolka
    Centre for Eels is number 15 Abbi Church
  • Winger for Broncos is number 5 Emily Bass
    Winger for Eels is number 5 Rikeya Horne
  • Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Tarryn Aiken
    Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Emily Curtain
  • Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Ali Brigginshaw
    Halfback for Eels is number 7 Maddie Studdon

Forwards

  • Prop for Broncos is number 8 Millie Boyle
    Prop for Eels is number 8 Filomina Hanisi
  • Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Lauren Brown
    Hooker for Eels is number 9 Nita Maynard
  • Prop for Broncos is number 10 Chelsea Lenarduzzi
    Prop for Eels is number 10 Kennedy Cherrington
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Kaitlyn Phillips
    2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Christian Pio
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Amber Hall
    2nd Row for Eels is number 17 Ellie Johnston
  • Lock for Broncos is number 13 Lavinia Gould
    Lock for Eels is number 13 Simaima Taufa

Interchange

  • Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Tallisha Harden
    Interchange for Eels is number 4 Tommaya Kelly-Sines
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Roxette Murdoch
    Interchange for Eels is number 14 Shirley Mailangi
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Sara Sautia
    Interchange for Eels is number 16 Sereana Naitokatoka
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 18 Jada Ferguson
    Interchange for Eels is number 19 Christine Pauli

Reserves

  • Reserve for Broncos is number 20 China Polata
    Reserve for Eels is number 18 Jocephy Daniels

Match Officials

  • Referee: Kasey Badger

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Key match-up

Millie Boyle v Kennedy Cherrington: The front-row battle between the NSW team-mates could almost be worth the price of admission alone. Boyle was being touted as one of the best players in the NRLW after her early season performances for the Broncos but Kennedy will have plenty to say about that when the pair come face-to-face. The Eels enforcer rarely takes a backward step and with so much riding on the result she will be looking to inspire her team-mates with a strong performance up front.

Stat attack

If the Eels can take anything away from how the Dragons and Titans have played the Broncos in the past fortnight, it's been with no fear. The Broncos have remarkably been dominant with possession (57%) on average throughout the season but defensively have fallen away in recent weeks in an area that will concern coach Kelvin Wright. Parramatta have won both their games when they've had an even share of the ball.

Acknowledgement of Country

Parramatta Eels respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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