As the Central Coast Roosters enjoyed the bye in Round 10, the North Sydney Bears took on the Western Suburbs Magpies in a Thursday night blockbuster, while the Sydney Roosters had a tussle with the Wests Tigers in their Round 2 catch up game.
Bears Downed In Throwback Thursday
The North Sydney Bears were downed 36-16 against fellow foundation club Western Suburbs Magpies on Thursday night in what was a welcomed return to night football at North Sydney Oval for Bears and Rugby League tragics alike.
Despite the result - which was broadcast on both Channel 9 and FoxSports while featuring two traditional clubs - the Bears fought hard to keep up with their opponents in a top-four battle.
In a tough softening up period, Wests struck in quick succession to take a 12-nil lead before Norths got on the board thanks to winger Tom Carr, who went over in the corner after a frantic period of play to bring the Bears back into the contest.
After an arm-wrestling period, the Magpies returned serve with two more quick-fire tries, with an unsuccessful penalty goal attempt from the home side leaving the scores at 24-4 at the break.
While the Bears landed the first blow in the second half through a barnstorming try to Naufahu Whyte to close the gap, Wests replicated their late first-half effort with another quick-fire double.
Despite Carr bagging his double in the shadows of full-time, it would be the Magpies claiming victory at North Sydney Oval.
The Bears will return to North Sydney Oval this Sunday 23 May to take on Mounties at 2pm.
North Sydney Bears 16 (Tom Carr 2, Naufahu Whyte tries; Tom Carr 2 goals) def by Western Suburbs Magpies 36
Roosters and Tigers Tussle in Drawn Contest
The Sydney Roosters Jersey Flegg side's contest against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Friday night ended in an 18-all draw.
Just falling short of a miraculous comeback after being down 18-nil at the break, the young Roosters rallied in the second half to equalise with their opponents.
Second rower Jacob Preston got the Tricolours on the board just two minutes into the second stanza to close the deficit, and soon after, centre Lani Graham-Taufa continued the fightback with a four-pointer of his own.
Match: Wests Tigers v Roosters
Round 2 -
Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
Despite two more tries to both Zac Montgomery and winger Corey Fenning, the Red, White and Blue were unable to lay the final blow after keeping their opponents scoreless in a much-improved second half.
The Sydney Roosters Jersey Flegg side return to their spiritual home of Waverley Oval on Saturday at 2pm to take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
Sydney Rooster 18 (Jacob Preston, Lani Graham-Taufa, Zac Montgomery, Corey Fenning tries; Corey Fenning goal) draw with Wests Tigers 18
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