NRLW is faster and harder-hitting than last year

The NRLW season has started. The first round is done and dusted, and what a first round it was. It was even better than last year's opening round.

It was exactly what everyone hoped for - better, faster and harder-hitting than last year.

The quality in the footy has lifted dramatically on last year. The girls who were debuting on the weekend really stepped up and took ownership of their roles.

They were some of the most outstanding players of the weekend. The rookies are doing a fantastic job and it's really great to see that's where our game is going. The future is so bright. 

One standout performer was the Warriors' No.7 Charntay Poko - she was an absolute weapon. She came out and owned her spot. She led her team right from the starting whistle. She did her job and did it very well. 

For the Broncos girls, it felt really good to get out there and do the job that was tasked of us.

We did get the win but we're always looking to improve so we were straight back into training hard, looking forward to the next job.

A lot of people asked us how we were going to go playing the Dragons, against the girls who were Broncos last year. Honestly, that was so far in the back of our minds - we had bigger things to think about.

Whether they were the same team as last year or whether they had a big contingent of ex-Broncos, I didn't really think about it. My mindset going out there was "it's just another team". We've all played against ex team mates before, this was no different.

I think Round 2 will be another really exciting round.

The first ever women's game over in New Zealand is going to be an absolute cracker. For the Warriors ladies to get the opportunity to play in front of a very vocal and supportive home crowd - that's going to be super exciting for them and I think that might be what gives them the edge over the Dragons.

In saying that, the Dragons are going to come out firing hard.

After the loss on the weekend, and now the news of a massive player loss in Teuila Fotu-Moala, they will have re-evaluated and trained very hard this week, I have no doubts.

The Broncos will head down to Melbourne, going up against the Roosters, in a grand final re-match on Saturday.

Both teams have got slight changes to their player rosters. We've got an ex-Rooster, they've got an ex-Bronco. Both teams have a number of Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons players, so it will be great to see them pitted up against one another. It's going to be another fast, hard-hitting game. 

Bring on Round 2!