From the opening minute it was clear the Brisbane Broncos had turned up at ANZ Stadium on Sunday ready to defend their NRL Women's premiership.
A try to hooker Lavinia Gould just three minutes into the match put Brisbane on the front foot and St George Illawarra never had a chance throughout the remaining 57.
The shellshocked Dragons had no answer for the Broncos big forwards, with the Brisbane pack rolling through the middle of the field.
While the Dragons defended valiantly throughout the match, the Broncos dominance eventually reflected itself on the scoreboard.
Three second half tries allowed Brisbane to close out the match in front of 36,785 fans at ANZ Stadium, the final scoreline finishing 30-6.
While the Broncos were impressive, the Dragons were their own worst enemy, numerous errors within their half preventing the side from building any pressure.
St George Illawarra had just one attacking set of six in the first half and Daniel Lacey's side almost made the most of it.
Halfback Maddie Studdon produced a pinpoint grubber, with Kezie Apps coming agonisingly close to grounding the ball before a flying Tamika Upton batted it away.
The chance to get back into the match was soon lost with an error from the ensuing line dropout handing the ball straight back to Brisbane.
The Broncos controlled the final eight minutes of the half and St George Illawarra were fortunate to head to the break trailing just 10-0 after winger Meg Ward was denied by the video referee due to an obstruction.
The disallowed try was one of numerous opportunities Brisbane had to kick clear in the first half, however they were denied by the Dragons desperate defence.
The second half started in similar fashion to the first, St George Illawarra producing error after error to hand the Broncos the ball in attacking territory.
Eventually Brisbane made their opponents pay, Julia Robinson crossing in the corner to hand her team an 18-0 lead in the 40th minute.
As the match wore on, the physicality of the match took its toll on the Dragons. Maddison Weatherall left the field late in the first half with a severe gash, while Holli Wheeler injured her shoulder and Studdon played through an elbow injury.
The final 20 minutes saw the Broncos kick 30 points clear with two more tries before St George Illawarra finally found themselves in attacking field position.
After she was denied in the first half, Apps was made sure of it in the second, the Dragons captain crossing for a consolation try in the 51st minute.
That was where the scoring would finish, with St George Illawarra suffering a 24-point defeat.
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