The Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy Under 18s came into Round 3 looking for their first win of the season.
It was a slow start for the Roosters as they found themselves trailing to the Canberra Raiders in the opening quarter of the match.
There were some missed opportunities and a couple of lapses on the defensive end that saw the Raiders capitalise to take a 16 point lead at the end of the first third.
The Roosters came out firing in the second third and looked to be in complete control of the game.
Brandi Davis-Welsh changed the game with her heavy involvement, running hard on the line which led to the first try.
Some big run by our forwards, Tymekqwa Duckett, Seini Tesinia, Rease Casey, Keilee Joseph and Janaya Trapman laid the platform for a fight back as we finished the second third trailing 16 – 10.
They continued to lift their energy levels in the last third and looked to fight back, which rattled the Raiders outfit.
Despite a strong defensive effort, five straight attacking sets saw the Raiders eventually break the line close to the posts.
The Roosters fought hard, but unfortunately the game ended in a narrow 22-16 score line.
It was a great finish and performance heading into Round 4 against Illawarra.
TRIES: Brandi DAVIS-WELSH (22m), Keilee JOSEPH (28m), Shakaya WILLIAMS (55m)
CONVERSIONS: Rease CASEY (25m), Rease CASEY (53m)