Broncos boost NRLW finals chances with Wests Tigers win

A late fightback has helped Brisbane hang on to one of the box seats in the race for the NRLW finals with a 22-18 win over Wests Tigers in Newcastle.

Shenae Ciesiolka's 67th-minute try completed an impressive come-from-behind win for the Broncos, who had looked in massive trouble trailing 16-6 early in the second half before finding the last three tries of the contest.

The Tigers will still be wondering how they didn't win.

They were not only 10 points in front after 46 minutes, but also had a player advantage after vital Brisbane prop Annetta Nu'uausala was sent to the sin bin for a hip-drop tackle on opposite number Sarah Togatuki.

The loss ruled the Tigers -- along with Cronulla and St George Illawarra -- out of finals contention with one round of the regular season remaining, and reduced the race for the top four to five teams.

Canberra need to beat North Queensland on Sunday to keep their chances alive.

Whatever happens in that match, Brisbane would seal finals by beating the Dragons next weekend.

The Broncos' comeback started with a bursting try for prop Brianna Clark, while they tied the score behind hooker Destiny Brill's dummy-half dive after a big run from Chelsea Lenarduzzi put them in scoring position.

Smart play from halfback Ali Brigginshaw allowed Ciesiolka to get over late and seal the vital win.

Brisbane would have been wondering how they only led 6-4 at the break after a brilliant first half that featured everything other than bulk points.

They won 75 per cent of territory, forced three goal-line dropouts, had a try chalked off by the bunker and were tackled inside the opposition 20-metre line on 22 occasions.

But Tigers winger Jakiya Whitfeld scored against the run of play to keep her side in it.

Second-rower Kezie Apps and bench hooker Salma Nour put the Tigers well in front early in the second half before the Broncos flipped the script.