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Juniors Report Round 6: SG Ball Roosters Rise to Second

A five-try second half inspired the Sydney Roosters SG Ball side to a big 36-16 win against North Sydney Bears on Saturday at Macquarie University Sports Field.

The game was an arm wrestle early as the Bears enjoyed a two-point lead at half time, but the Roosters dominated the second half to record a second straight win.

Roosters centre Evander Tere-Rongotaua scored a double, and five teammates also crossed the try-line to contribute to the big win.

It was the SG Ball’s side third consecutive win, and have won the three games by a combined 66 points. 

With three rounds remaining, the Tricolours have jumped to second on the SG Ball ladder and will expect to win this Saturday when they take second-last Western Suburbs Magpies.

The Roosters had mixed results in the Harold Matthews Cup, with Central Coast returning to its early-season form with a win and Sydney conceding its first defeat of the season.

Central Coast dominated the first half to race out to a 16-0 lead, which was enough for them to hang on for a 24-10 win against St George Dragons at Morry Breen Oval.

Fullback Oliver Juras sealed the win, with a try with just two minutes remaining after the Dragons managed to claw their way back into the contest during the second half.

The win elevates Central Coast to fifth on the ladder, but face a massive challenge this Saturday when they take on the league-leading Penrith Panthers.

Sydney now sits one spot above Central Coast, sliding from second on the ladder after losing 26-30 to North Sydney Bears.

After enjoying a 12-0 lead, the game started to swing in the Bears favour from midway through the first half.

The game appeared over when they Bears scored a converted try to take a 30-16 lead with 10 minutes remaining, but to the young Roosters credit, they scored two late tries in the final five minutes to almost snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Fullback Dane Towns continued his good form, scoring a double to have 5 tries from his past two games.

In the Tarsha Gale Cup, the Sydney Roosters lost to St George Dragons at Morry Breen Oval.

With three rounds remaining, the Roosters sit fifth on the ladder and are 1.5 wins above the seventh-placed Canberra Raiders.

After finishing top of the Andrew Johns Cup and Laurie Daley Cup ladders, the Central Coast Roosters will play finals footy this Saturday.

The team had a well-earned rest on the weekend as both competitions had catch-up games due to washouts earlier in the season.

Both teams will host Monaro Colts to headline a footy feast featuring all 6 Roosters juniors teams this Saturday at Wyong’s Morry Breen Oval.

 

ROUND 6 SCOREBOARD

 

SG BALL CUP

Sydney Roosters 36 (Evander Tere-Rongotaua 2, Kyron Fekitoa, Alan Holten, Sione Vaenuku, Petelo Kepaoa, Jordan Swann tries; Sandon Smith 4 goals) def North Sydney Bears 16

Next Round: Western Suburbs Magpies, 3pm Saturday at Morry Breen Oval, Wyong

 

HAROLD MATTHEWS CUP

Sydney Roosters 26 (Dane Towns 2, Nosa Obaseki, Miles Minto, Cooper Toy tries; Cassius Tia 2, Benjamin Dufficy goals) def by North Sydney Bears 30

Next Round: Western Suburbs Magpies, 1:30pm Saturday at Morry Breen Oval, Wyong

Central Coast Roosters 24 (Robert Toia, Hayden Ritchie, Noah Goodman, Oliver Juras tries; Hayden Ritchie 4 goals) def St George Dragons 10

Next Round: Penrith Panthers, 10:30am Saturday at Morry Breen Oval, Wyong

 

TARSHA GALE CUP

Sydney Roosters 8 (Ruby Smith 2 tries) def by St George Dragons 48

Next Round: Wests Tigers, 12pm Saturday at Morry Breen Oval, Wyong

 

LAURIE DALEY CUP

BYE – Wash out round

Next Round: Semi Final v Monaro Colts, TBC Saturday at Morry Breen Oval, Wyong

 

ANDREW JOHNS CUP

BYE – Wash out round

Next Round: Semi Final v Monaro Colts, TBC Saturday at Morry Breen Oval, Wyong