The NRLW Sharks are set to head into a clash with the Brisbane Broncos without two key members of the backline for a match they need to win to keep their 2023 Finals hopes alive.
Powerhouse centre Anessa Biddle will miss the match after accepting a one-match suspension for what was deemed to be a hip drop tackle, while winger Andie Robinson will be sidelined for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in her team’s last start loss to the Knights.
Robinson, who has been strong for the Sharks through the first six rounds, injured her lateral meniscus, is visiting a surgeon today and is scheduled for surgery tomorrow.
The return to play period for Robinson is expected to be four months.
“Andie has done a really good job for us this season, whether it was when she was on the wing or the games she played at fullback while Jada was sidelined. The injury is disappointing for her and for the team and she will certainly be missed,” Coach Tony Herman said.
In a positive for the Sharks, they have two experienced campaigners to call on, with Cassie Staples named to play in the centres, Kiana Takairangi on the wing.
Otherwise the Sharks have named a team with no further changes to the one which fought back strongly but came up just short in the 22-14 Newcastle loss.
The NRLW clash between the Sharks and Broncos is the first game of an NRLW double header and is scheduled for a 12:50pm kick off in neutral territory in Townsville.
See below the Sharks and Broncos 22-player team lists.
Match: Broncos v Sharks
Round 7 -
Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Hayley MaddickFullback for Sharks is number 1 Jada Taylor
Winger for Broncos is number 2 Julia RobinsonWinger for Sharks is number 2 Georgia Ravics
Centre for Broncos is number 3 Mele HufangaCentre for Sharks is number 3 Tiana Penitani
Centre for Broncos is number 4 Shenae CiesiolkaCentre for Sharks is number 4 Cassie Staples
Winger for Broncos is number 5 Ashleigh WernerWinger for Sharks is number 5 Kiana Takairangi
Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Gayle BroughtonFive-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Emma Tonegato
Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Ali BrigginshawHalfback for Sharks is number 7 Tayla Preston
Prop for Broncos is number 8 Annetta-Claudia Nu'uausalaProp for Sharks is number 8 Ellie Johnston
Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Destiny BrillHooker for Sharks is number 9 Quincy Dodd
Prop for Broncos is number 10 Brianna ClarkProp for Sharks is number 17 Tegan Dymock
2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Tazmin Gray2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Talei Holmes
2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Romy Teitzel2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Vanessa Foliaki
Lock for Broncos is number 13 Mariah DenmanLock for Sharks is number 13 Holli Wheeler
Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Jada FergusonInterchange for Sharks is number 10 Chloe Saunders
Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Tafito LafaeleInterchange for Sharks is number 14 Sereana Naitokatoka
Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Chelsea LenarduzziInterchange for Sharks is number 15 Harata Butler
Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Lauren DamInterchange for Sharks is number 16 Brooke Anderson
Replacement for Broncos is number 18 Jasmine FogaviniReplacement for Sharks is number 19 Maddie Studdon
- Senior Review Official: Belinda Sharpe