The Sydney Roosters SG Ball team overcame arch rivals South Sydney to progress to the SG Ball Grand Final to be held at 2:00pm this Saturday at Leichhardt Oval.
The SG Ball team proved to classy to overpower the Rabbits 34 – 26 at St Mary’s stadium in a tough encounter. The Roosters ran all over the South Sydney pack with our front rowers scoring 4 of the 6 tries. It was the boot of Paul Momorovski which proved the final difference with 5 from 6 conversions to see the boys through.
Sydney Roosters 34 (Samet Erten, Poasa Foamausili, Darren Schonig, Travis Edwards, Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu, Latrell Mitchell tries; Paul Momirovski 5 goals) def. South Sydney 26 (Tom Perrin 2, Teuta Cottrell, Nat Butcher, Haimona Hiroti, Liam Coleman tries; Siosifa Talakai goal)
This year’s SG Ball have been an attacking powerhouse this season with the likes of Johnny Tuivasa-Scheck, Paul Momorovski and Chevi Ellis out wide, Travis Edwards and Grant Garvey directing the team around the park and the attacking genius of Latrell Mitchell at Fullback, scoring points is not a problem for this team. Up the middle the forwards are relentless with Poasa Foamausili and Shiem Fuimaono leading the way. Defense on the other hand hasn’t been a strong part of the team’s armory this year and it is something coach Anthony Barnes has been working hard on at training. “we are spending plenty of time on defense in video and training, but just not implementing effectively during the entire game” Barnes said.
The boys will be taking on the might of the Penrith Panthers in this weekend’s Grand Final. The teams have played each other twice this year with a victory each. The Panthers held off a late Roosters charge 20 -16 in Round 5 and the Roosters got the victory in the epic Preliminary Final 46 – 42. Both teams will go into the match confident, and it is shaping up as a classic.
Besides the title of SG Ball champions being on the line this weekend, a place in the National Final against the winner of the Queensland equivalent Mal Meninga Cup is also awaiting the winner.
It would be great to have a huge red, white and blue presence at Leichhardt to cheer the boys home.
SG Ball Grand Final
When: Saturday, May 10 at 2pm
Where: Leichhardt Oval
Opponent: Penrith Panthers