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Juniors Report Round 2: Roosters Rout Rabbitohs

The Sydney Roosters Junior Reps have gone two from two to start their seasons, with all three sides claiming big wins over South Sydney at Morry Breen Oval on the Central Coast. 

The Central Coast Roosters Harold Matthews, Laurie Daley Cup and Andrew Johns Cup sides also came away with victories on the weekend in their respective competitions. 


Pair of Doubles Propel Sydney Roosters Harold Matts to Big Win 

The Sydney Roosters Harold Matthews Roosters claimed a big 38-8 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Morry Breen Oval, with a pair of doubles propelling them to victory in the second half. 

In a low-scoring first period, the Tricolours crossed first through second rower Ethan Roberts, while the Rabbitohs replied with a try of their own for a 6-8 half-time score. 

But the Roosters got into their groove in the second stanza, scoring five tries through some enterprising play including doubles to Lachlan Dooner and Zach Fittler, which saw Dooner score eighteen points with five goals. 


Sydney Roosters 38 (Lachlan Dooner 2, Zach Fittler 2, Ethan Roberts, De Lasalle Va'a, Jaxson Allen tries; Lachlan Dooner 5 tries) def South Sydney Rabbitohs 8


Central Coast Harold Matthews Whitewash Steelers

The Central Coast Roosters Harold Matthews side claimed a big scalp over the Illawarra Steelers, scoring five tries in a 26-nil victory at Collegians Sporting Complex in Wollongong. 

The Red, White and Blue charged to a 22-nil half-time lead with a double to halfback Jake Elliott and tries to Aymn Hamilton and Noa Hill.

Only one try was required in the second half, with lock Atticus Fotofili crossing to seal the result, with the side's defensive efforts keeping their opponents scoreless.


Central Coast Roosters 26 (Jake Elliott 2, Aymn Hamilton, Noah Hill, Atticus Fotofili tries; Matthew Humphries 3 goals) def Illawarra Steelers 0


SG Ball Bounce Bunnies in High-Scoring Affair

The SG Ball side also managed a big win over arch-rivals South Sydney in a match that saw 64 points scored in total. 

In contrast to the Harold Matthews match, the SG Ball Roosters cruised to a 28-6 lead at the break thanks to five first-half tries through Xavier Va'a, Robert Toia, Kyron Fekitoa, Xavier Chatfield-Mooka and Cassius Tia in quick succession.

Souths closed the deficit with a try of their own, but with Chatfield-Mooka's second and Josh Wong crossing in the dying stages, the consolation tries were all too late as the match finished 38-26 in favour of the Red, White and Blue. 


Sydney Roosters 38 (Xavier Chatfield-Mooka 2, Xavier Va'a, Robert Toia, Kyron Fekitoa, Cassius Tia, Joshua Wong; Conor McMullen 4, Cassius Tia goals) def South Sydney Rabbitohs 26


Tarsha Gale Keep Rabbits Scoreless

The Tarsha Gale Cup side continued their strong form with a 30-nil crushing of the Rabbitohs, with second rower Otesa Pule bagging her second double in as many weeks. 

Similarly to the Harold Matthews' match, it was a slow start for last year's Grand Finalists, highlighted by scrambling and committed defence to lead 8-nil at the break with Pule and Indee Brown crossing within five minutes of one another.

The Tricolours' attack clicked in the second half, with fullback Maddie Binding, Pule, Jessica Whitehead, Kalosipani Hopoate and Zoe Cass adding their name to the scoresheet and rounding off a great day for the Sydney Roosters' pathways. 


Sydney Roosters 30 (Otesa Pule 2, Indee Brown, Maddie Binding, Jessica Whitehead, Kalosipani Hopoate, Zoe Cass tries; Aneeka Reilly goal) def South Sydney Rabbitohs 0

The Sydney Roosters Harold Matthews and SG Ball sides will both have the bye in Round 3, while the Tarsha Gale Cup Roosters will travel to Belconnen Oval to take on the Canberra Raiders this Saturday February 19 at 3:00pm. 


Andrew Johns Roosters Triumph in Tight Contest

It was a tight affair for the Andrew Johns Cup Roosters against the Northern Tigers with only two points separating the sides at full-time in Singleton. 

With Cooper Tippett scoring in the first minute of play and Sean Bullen crossing in the eighth minute, the Tricolours were in control with a 12-nil lead. Despite Northern crossing soon after, a second to Tippett saw the Roosters with a 16-4 lead at the break. 

The second stanza saw their opponents cross twice in quick succession to reduce the deficit, and while Lachlan Jeffrey scored to extend the lead, a last-minute try to the Tigers saw the game in the balance, with the Roosters holding on 20-18. 


Central Coast Roosters 20 (Cooper Tippett 2, Sean Bullen, Lachlan Jeffrey tries; Chaice Bayley 2 goals) def Northern Tigers 18 


Laurie Daley Cup Roosters Trounce Tigers 

The Laurie Daley Cup Central Coast Roosters put on an eleven tries to one performance against the Northern Tigers at Pirtek Park, Singleton.

Central Coast scored within the first minute of play much like the Andrew Johns Cup side, and had scored twice more within the first ten minutes. Despite a reply from the Tigers, the Red, White and Blue took a 32-6 lead heading into the break.

The momentum continued in the second half as halfback Haydan Ritchie scored four, with winger Jack Kidd completing a hat-trick, with the Roosters going home with an emphatic 60-6 victory. 


Central Coast Roosters 60 (Haydan Ritchie 4, Jack Kidd 3, Benaiah Ioelu 2, Benjamin Taylor, Noah Goodman tries; Jack Kidd 3, Oliver Juras 5 goals) def Northern Tigers 6


All three Central Coast sides will play host at Morry Breen Oval on the Central Coast in Round 3 this Sunday February 20, with the Laurie Daley and Andrew Johns Cup playing Riverina, while the Harold Matthews will take on St George Illawarra. 

Acknowledgement of Country

Sydney Roosters respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.