Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy took on the Canberra raiders (10-18) in the fourth round of the Tarsha Gale Cup at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon.
It was a tough start to the game for the Roosters as the Raiders converted their early dominance into an advantage of 6-0 within the first six minutes of the match.
The opening try was scored by Raiders centre Valasi Asomua, converted by five eighth Makayla Morris.
Minutes later for the second try of the afternoon, a comeback effort by the Roosters after a run towards the right wing by centre Jada Karam, before second rower Teisha Saunders scored the first points for the team (4-6).
The Roosters re-gained some confidence, but the visitors stayed strong and their lead was further increased throughout the first half, leading with 14-4 into the second stanza.
Coming into the second half, the Roosters’ confidence had evaporated and the Raiders took this to their advantage, scoring their third try of the afternoon (4-18).
While both teams struggled to complete their sets early in the second half, the Raiders defence dominated the game.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon compared to the rainy game from last week.
The Roosters were left with one player down during the last ten minutes, after Tarnee Evans was sent to the sin bin.
Just as the Raiders tried to take advantage of this situation, hooker Jessica Deakin hit back with a brilliant try, converted by centre Jada Karam, making it 10-18.
It was a tough day for the Roosters, but with two victories already in their pockets they won't be feeling too outraged with their efforts.
The Roosters will face the Wests Tigers next weekend in Round five of the Tarsha Gale Cup.
Tries: Teisha Saunders and Jessica Deakin
Conversions: Jada Karam 1/2