Roosters belt Tigers for biggest win in NRLW history

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Captain Isabelle Kelly believes the Sydney Roosters still have room for improvement even after breaking the record for biggest NRLW victory in their 48-10 annihilation of Wests Tigers.

A record-equalling first-half set the ladder-leading Roosters on the path to Saturday's victory in which they scored 10 tries to the Tigers' two.

The Tricolours crossed six times in the opening 24 minutes at Allianz Stadium to put the result beyond doubt and took a 28-10 lead into half-time. 

When Jocelyn Kelleher dived over from dummy half following a Jess Sergis line break in the final two minutes, the Tricolours eclipsed the previous record for biggest margin of victory, set by St George Illawarra in the 2021 season, by two points.

"It's only round six so I'm excited to see how far we've come," Kelly said.

"We haven't hit our full straps just yet but that's the exciting thing that we're going out there and we're playing really good footy."

It was a tough day all round for the Tigers, book-ended by captain Kezie Apps suffering a concussion inside seven minutes and star prop Sarah Togatuki leaving to the sin bin in the final seven minutes.

The Tigers looked likely once in position but struggled to make it through resolute Roosters' defence up-field - missing halfback Emily Curtain to injury did not help their bid to gain the ascendancy.

"It's a lesson for us," said Tigers coach Brett Kimmorley.

"Inaugural year for us, we've got a number of players that are new to NRLW.

"If we had've had a 50-50 share of the ball in the first half and defended really well for 20 minutes (to begin the game), who knows what the result would've been?"

A last-minute field goal for Gold Coast's Lauren Brown won her side a thrilling encounter against St George Illawarra 23-22, despite a stunning four-try outing from Dragons fullback Teagan Berry.

Brown's 30m effort - her second match-winning field goal of the season - sunk a brilliant Dragons fightback, where Berry's heroics carried them from 14-0 down into a grandstand finish.

Berry, who's already the NRLW's all-time leading try-scorer, grabbed a share of the all-time record for most tries in a match, her fourth a stunning effort three minutes from time to tie the scores at 22-22.

Brown, who had three try assists in an impressive display, slotted the single-pointer with precision, taking her side to 4-2 for the season in their fight for finals.

Earlier, Parramatta broke through for their first win of the season with winger Kimberley Hunt collecting a try double in a hard-fought 16-12 victory over North Queensland.

The Eels had to withstand a fightback from the Cowboys, who scored two late tries to roar back from 14-0 down.

The Cowboys looked down and out until debutante Libby Surha charged over the line in the 59th minute, followed by Tiana Raftstrand-Smith two minutes later to set up a thrilling finale.

Last year's losing grand-finalists, Parramatta have had a miserable start to the season, winless through five rounds to sit at the bottom of the ladder.

But they held their nerve to hang on and secure the win at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.