The Central Coast Roosters have claimed top spot on the Harvey Norman Women's Premiership ladder heading into the bye, while the Sydney Roosters Jersey Flegg side claimed a memorable comeback win as the Bears endured a tough night at Bankwest Stadium.
Roosters Coast to Victory At Redfern
The Central Coast Roosters have recorded another shutout, this time against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Redfern Oval in a 38-nil win.
After an initial softening up period which saw a number of errors made from both sides, a runaway Isabelle Kelly got on the scoresheet with a scything run through the middle of the ruck.
From there, the Tricolours ran amock, scoring three tries in five minutes with the left side was on song as Jasmin Strange, Alicia Martin and Claire Reed scored four-pointers to extend the lead to 20 at the break.
Tries to Jocelyn Kelleher and Roxette Murdoch ten minutes upon resumption extended the scoreline further, while Martin and Strange finished the match with doubles in another runaway victory.
The Harvey Norman Women's Premiership will have a competition-wide bye in Round 10, with the Roosters sitting at the top of the ladder with five rounds left to play before finals.
Central Coast Roosters 38 (Jasmine Strange 2, Alicia Martin 2, Isabelle Kelly, Claire Reed, Jocelyn Kelleher, Roxette Murdoch tries; Hannah Southwell 2, Jocelyn Kelleher goals) def South Sydney Rabbitohs 0
Eels no Matta for Roosters as Jersey Flegg Record Comeback
In what was a close match, the Sydney Roosters Jersey Flegg side claimed a 28-20 come-from-behind victory against the Parramatta Eels at Ringrose Oval.
Both sides traded blows early in the match, with the Eels scoring in the third minute before the Roosters replied through lock Vaiala Tamati.
Parramatta scored twice in quick succession before winger Michael Lyons touched down, but the home side got on the board once again to take a 20-12 lead at the break.
Match: Eels v Roosters
Round 9 -
Venue: Ringrose Park, Sydney
But the Tricolours would complete a second-half shutout, shooting out of the blocks as Vuate Karawalevu scored in the first minute of the second half, and from there the momentum was in full swing as Michael Coleman got on the board ten minutes later.
A sin-bin with six minutes left in the match opened up for the Roosters, who sealed the result through Jordan Swann in the shadows of full-time.
The Jersey Flegg Cup will have a competition-wide bye in Round 10, with the Roosters will host the Bulldogs in Round 11 as they return to Waverley Oval.
Sydney Roosters 28 (Vaiala Tamati, Michael Lyons, Vuate Karawalevu, Michael Coleman, Jordan Swann tries; Corey Fenning 3 goals; Corey Fenning penalty goal) def Parramatta Eels 20
Depleted Bears Downed Out At Bankwest
Unable to field any NRL contracted players, a depleted North Sydney Bears have been defeated by the Parramatta Eels at Bankwest Stadium prior to the NRL match.
A tough first half for the Bears saw their opponents up 12-nil after half an hour, before an arm-wrestle between the sides ensued. An error with half-time looming handed the Eels a prime opportunity to score again, and although a Josh Ralph dash down the sideline saw the Bears in sight of the line, the scores remained at the break.
The Eels struck again early in the second half through a late offload, and although the Bears continued to fight tooth and nail, their opponents hit back to extend their lead.
Just as the home side looked to add to the scoreboard, a brutal hit from second rower Jerry Key forced the ball free. Norths looked to make inroads as a break down the sideline saw them destined for points, only for the final pass to be intercepted.
Further errors hurt the side's momentum, and Parramatta took full advantage of their possession to claim victory.
The Bears will take on fellow foundation club Western Suburbs Magpies on Thursday night at North Sydney Oval in the only game of the round.
North Sydney Bears 0 def by Parramatta Eels 39