All three Senior Representative sides were back in action last weekend, which saw the North Sydney Bears and Central Coast Roosters fall short in narrow defeats, while the Jersey Flegg side claimed a big win to maintain top spot.
Bears Fall Short in Comeback
The North Sydney Bears clawed their way back from a thirteen point halftime deficit but were just pipped by the top of the table Penrith Panthers 17-12 on Friday night at North Sydney Oval.
The visitors took the lead for the first time after fifteen minutes, before the Bears replied in kind with Adam Keighran crossing, but two quickfire tries and a field goal in the dying stages of the first half handed Penrith a 17-4 lead at the break.
Not deterred by the scoreline, Norths got to work and after a tough opening to the second stanza, a four-pointer to Kevin Naiqama closed the gap, and with Keighran bagging his brace there was just five points between the sides.
Match: Bears v Panthers
Round 11 -
Venue: North Sydney Oval, Sydney
The final quarter of the match failed to produce any points, and while the Bears kept their opponents scoreless for the entirety of the second half, it was the Panthers who took home the two competition points, 17-12.
The North Sydney Bears will host the South Sydney Rabbitohs at 2pm on Saturday afternoon at North Sydney Oval.
North Sydney Bears 12 (Adam Keighran 2, Kevin Naiqama tries) def by Penrith Panthers 17
Flegg Claim Major Scalp With Big Win Over Panthers
The Sydney Roosters Jersey Flegg side is outright first on the competition table following a dominant 34-10 win over the Penrith Panthers at Leichhardt Oval.
Easts started fast against their highly-favoured opponents, scoring all five of their tries in the first half, starting with Jack Mossman, Thomas Deakin and Riley Meyn in the opening sixteen minutes.
Match: Roosters v Panthers
Round 11 -
Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
Hooker Thomas Deakin claimed his brace soon after, before backrower Jacob Preston put the cherry on top of a magic first half for a 30-nil lead at the halftime break.
While the Panthers hit back with two tries of their own, a further four points via penalty goals to Mossman ensured a 24-point victory as the Tricolours went home 34-10.
The Sydney Roosters Jersey Flegg side will host the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Waverley Oval on Sunday at 3pm.
Sydney Roosters 34 (Thomas Deakin 2, Jack Mossman, Riley Meyn, Jacob Preston tries; Hugo Savala 4, Jack Mossman goals; Jack Mossman 2 penalty goals) def Penrith Panthers 10
Roosters Pipped By Bears in Monday Night Football
It was a close encounter at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence last night as the Central Coast Roosters were narrowly defeated 14-10 by the North Sydney Bears.
The youthful Roosters kept their opponents to just one try in the first half with the only try going to Luisa Yaranamua in the fifteenth minute as the Bears took a slender 4-nil lead at the break.
Match: Bears v CC Roosters
Round 4 -
Venue: NSWRL Centre of Excellence, Sydney
Jayme Fressard got the Tricolours on the board in the 53rd minute, and the teams went tit-for-tat as Norths hit back before Olivia Kernick went over to set up a grandstand finish.
Unfortunately for the brave Roosters, a try in the final minute stole victory for the Bears, with the final scoreline reading 14-10.
The Central Coast Roosters will host the Wentworthville Magpies this Sunday at Morry Breen Oval with kick-off at 1pm.
Central Coast Roosters 10 (Jayme Fressard, Olivia Kernick tries; Jessica Gentle goal) def by North Sydney Bears 14