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Sydneys big wet made for extreme playing conditions for the young Roosters and Raiders last weekend. The Harold Matthews had the best of terrible conditions it wasnt until a second half downpour during the SG Ball game that the ground almost became unplayable.

The Sydney Roosters Harold Matthews let one slip away against a young Raiders team looking for their first win. The young Roosters dominated for much of the game and held a commanding 18 6 halftime lead, only to get out played in the second half. The young Raiders dominated field position by playing smart wet weather footy, while the Roosters got bogged down in their own half. Coach With a couple of soft tries the Raiders ran out winners 22-18. It leaves the Harold Matthews just out of the top 8. There was a couple of outstanding performances, Alex Sama was simply outstanding and was the best player on the field. Hooker Josh Bradstock, Luke Delailoa, Chris Thomas and Cameron Mazelli also had excellent games.

Scores: Canberra Raiders 22, Sydney Roosters 18 (Luke Delailoa, Alex Sama, Chris Thomas tries. Jake Prindiville 3 goals).

The SG Ball continued their improvement from Round 2 to run out winners 24-16. In conditions made for ducks rather than footy the boys outmuscled a enthusiastic Raiders outfit. The Raiders got off to a flying start and lead 12-0 after 20 minutes. A great individual try from halfback Delayne Ashby seem to kick the Roosters into gear. Braden Uele then crashed over for the first of his 3 tries had the Rooster back in the game at 12-10 at the break. As the rain poured down during the second half the Roosters forward pack poured down the field to eventually over power the Raiders. Braden Uele had a very strong game up front, while Delayne Ashby and Brad Deitz controlled the game in the trying conditions. Perry Ioane was strong in attack and defence and Vincent Leuluai worked tirelessly all game.

The SG Ball was looking to put behind them a very unexpected poor start to the season in Round 1. The Steelers also showed very strong trial form also started the season with a loss, so it set the scene for a fierce encounter, and it didnt disappoint. The Sydney Roosters started very aggressively and took a the lead with a great try to Piki Rogers. For the next 65 minutes both teams shared the lead until a couple of late errors by the Roosters allowed the Steelers to get field position and score the match deciding try. Piki Rogers and Vincent Leuluai were great for the Roosters and Joseph Manu was good at the back.

Scores: Sydney Roosters 24 (Braden Uele 3, Lucas Aldous, Delayne Ashby tries. Travis Edwards 2 goals).

This week sees the young Roosters take on arch enemy Rabbitohs at Erskinville Oval. It will be no place for the faint hearted and is an ideal appetizer for the NYC and NRL Round 1 clash next Thursday. Harold Matthews will be kicking off at 9:30am and the SG Ball starting at 11:00am.