It was a strong start for the Sydney Roosters Junior Reps to kick-off 2022, with all three sides overcoming half-time deficits to claim victory in their opening round matches.
Allen Double Gets Harold Matts Home
The Harold Matthews side claimed a 22-14 win over the Parramatta Eels in a scrappy match at Mascot Oval.
Hooker Jaxson Allen was the standout for the Roosters, burrowing over to give the side a 6-nil lead before the Eel struck back with two tries to see the side trailing at the break.
But the Red, White and Blue overcame the wet conditions, regaining the lead just minutes into the second stanza as centre Lachlan Dooner crashed over, before extending with Ethan Roberts crossing minutes later.
Allen stole the show with a darting run from dummy-half to score a memorable four-pointer, and although Parramatta scored late, the Roosters held on for a 22-14 win.
Sydney Roosters 22 (Jaxson Allen 2, Lachlan Dooner, Ethan Roberts; Lachlan Dooner 3 goals) def Parramatta Eels 14
SG Ball Overcome Eels in Close Encounter
It was a low-scoring match for our SG Ball boys, grinding out a 14-8 win over the Eels at Morry Breen Oval on the Central Coast.
The visitors scored first after ten minutes, but it was hooker Tyler Moriarty who got the Tricolours on the board soon after before the Eels crossed again to hold a half-time lead 8-6.
But the plucky Roosters failed to yield, and despite the score remaining for the best part of half an hour, Moriarty gave his side the lead again before backrower Michael Abdow sealed the result with just minutes remaining on the clock.
Sydney Roosters 14 (Tyler Moriarty 2, Michael Abdow tries; Connor McMullen goal) def Parramatta Eels 8
Tarsha Gale Roosters Surge in Second Half
The Tarsha Gale Cup side began their quest to return to the Grand Final with a strong win, defeating Parramatta 22-10 at Mascot Oval.
Hooker Ally Bullman got the Roosters on the board after just six minutes, and it was the tale of the tape as the Eels returned serve to lead at the break 6-4.
But much like their respective sides over the weekend, the Roosters surged to score three tries in sixteen minutes, with barnstorming second rower Otesa Pule bagging a double as fullback Maddie Binding also crossed the stripe.
Their opponents crossed late to close the deficit to six points, but Pule's second four-pointer in the dying stages sealed the result for the Red, White and Blue.
Sydney Roosters 22 (Otesa Pule 2, Ally Bullman, Maddie Binding tries; Aneeka Reilly 3 goals) def Parramatta Eels 10
All three sides will take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs this Saturday 12 January at Morry Breen Oval on the Central Coast.