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Seniors Report Round 8: Bears and Flegg Beat Dogs, Central Coast Upset

The North Sydney Bears and Sydney Roosters Jersey Flegg side have both bounced back from defeat, while a new-look Central Coast Roosters were upset in their opening round of the Harvey Norman Women's Premiership.

Karawalevu Double Propels Bears to Victory Over Dogs

A double to flying Fijian winger Vuate Karawalevu has propelled the North Sydney Bears into the top two of the NSW Cup in a close 18-12 victory over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Accor Stadium.

As part of a triple-header alongside the Jersey Flegg and NRL matches, the Bears were forced to overcome an early 6-nil deficit in order to bounce back from last week's defeat as the Bulldogs opened the scoring. 

Hulking forward Tuku Hau Tapuha got the Bears on board with a four-pointer of his own, while the home side replied soon after to claim a 12-6 halftime lead.

But the Bears would not be deterred from their deficit as Karawalevu touched down ten minutes into the second stanza, and the young winger went in again with the final quarter looming to give his side the lead for the first time. 

NSW Cup Round 8 Highlights: Bears vs Bulldogs

A Ronald Volkman penalty goal ten minutes from fulltime saw Norths extend to a six-point buffer, which saw them hold on to claim the two competition points 18-12. 

The North Sydney Bears will take on fellow foundation club Newtown this Sunday at the family-friendly time of 3:00pm at North Sydney Oval. 


North Sydney Bears 18 (Vuate Karawalevu 2, Tuku Hau Tapuha tries; Tom Carr, Ronald Volkman goals; Ronald Volkman penalty goal) def Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12 


Dominant First Half Sets Up Flegg Victory

The Sydney Roosters Jersey Flegg side bounced back in fashion with a 36-4 win over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in a dominant seven-tries-to-one victory in Round 8.

Four tries in a 25-minute period saw the Tricolours race out to an 18-4 halftime lead, which saw makeshift five-eighth Tevita Masima bag an early double before Jacob Preston and Corey Ross added their names to the scoresheet.

Ross was quick to match Masima with another try just minutes after the break, and the one-way traffic continued as lock Jack Stringer and centre Vaiala Tamati crossed for four-pointers with the Red, White and Blue icing a dominant 32-point win.

The Jersey Flegg side will travel to Shark Park next Sunday afternoon to take on the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at 1:40pm in what will be an exciting top-four battle. 


Sydney Roosters 36 (Tevita Masima 2, Corey Ross 2, Jacob Preston, Jack Stringer, Vaiala Tamati tries; Vaiala Tamati 4 goals) def Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 4


New-Look Central Coast Roosters Upset by Wests Tigers

It was not an ideal start for the Central Coast Roosters to open their Harvey Norman Women's Premiership account for 2022, upset by the Wests Tigers 16-4 in the second round of the competition at Morry Breen Oval. 

Following a first-round bye, the new-look Roosters were defeated in a low-scoring contest, with the Tigers taking advantage through two quick-fire tries in the first half to take a 10-nil lead.

The Roosters' NRLW Rookie of the Year Olivia Kernick stamped her authority with a try just after halftime, but a third try to the visitors ultimately sealed the result. 

The Central Coast Roosters will host Mounties at Morry Breen Oval this Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm. 


Central Coast Roosters 4 (Olivia Kernick try) def by Wests Tigers 16

Acknowledgement of Country

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