The Brisbane Broncos comfortably lead the NRLW for points scored, but it’s their work without the ball that is most satisfying for coach Paul Dyer.
Brisbane kept the Sydney Roosters scoreless until the dying minutes of Friday’s 14-4 win at Allianz Stadium, backing up a 30-4 demolition of the Dragons the round prior.
Speaking after the Roosters victory, Dyer explained the significance his side places on defence.
“I suppose it’s an old cliché when they say defence wins matches but certainly it’s something that the girls have been working really, really hard on the last couple of weeks,” Dyer said.
“We identified pretty early in the piece that it’s an area we needed to work on as a group. So if I’m saying what’s made me most pleased as a coach, it’s definitely defence.”
Given Brisbane has conceded just the lone try in each match so far, Dyer has every right to be over the moon.
And while the Broncos are now all but assured of a Grand Final berth, he said there are still facets of their game that need tweaking before then.
“There are certainly lots of things out there that we’ve still got to work on,” Dyer said.
“A couple of times on our edge [there were] really simple, basic dropped balls. Just some little things that are going to be really critical for us if we are to play in a big game later on in the year.”
There was the initial worry for star Broncos centre Meg Ward yesterday after she injured her neck in a crusher tackle by Roosters counterpart Isabelle Kelly. It appears Ward is okay.
Brisbane captain Ali Brigginshaw said she didn’t believe there was any malice intended from Kelly.