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Seniors Report Round 16: Flegg Grind Out Win, Central Coast Pipped

The North Sydney Bears put in late charge against the Panthers, the Jersey Flegg ground out a famous win in Penrith while the Central Coast Roosters were pipped at the death in heartbreaking circumstances in this week's Pathways matches. 


Bears' Late Rally Unable to Claim Points in Penrith

The North Sydney Bears made a late charge against the top of the table Penrith Panthers on Friday night, but were unable to claim victory, going down 24-20.

On a night that featured constant rainfall at BlueBet Stadium, two of the Club's most promising youngsters in teenagers Siua Wong and Xavier Va'a made their debut in the red and black, looking right at home in the open men's competition. 

In a tough slog in the opening half hour, Norths were denied twice as Jesse Marshcke was pulled up for an obstruction before winger Tom Carr was denied through a forward pass, but it was the boot of Adam Keighran that got the Bears on the board through a 40/20 kick as Toa Mata'afa crashed over.

Kevin Naiqama broke through with tensions rising as Keighran took his side to a six-point lead following a penalty, however the Panthers were swift to reply with a try of their own soon after.

A second penalty goal to Keighran gave the Bears an 8-6 lead at the break, but the home side ran away to a handy lead after striking twice in succession before extending through an intercept try.

The Bears looked to counterattack as Naiqama dived over with five to go, and although Terrell May added his name to the scoresheet with a barnstorming effort, the Panthers held on with the Bears going down by four in a brave showing away from home. 

The North Sydney Bears will travel to Belconnen on Saturday afternoon to take on the Canberra Raiders at 3:00pm. 

North Sydney Bears 20 (Toa Mata'afa, Kevin Naiqama, Terrell May tries; Adam Keighran 2 goals; Adam Keighran 2 penalty goals) def by Penrith Panthers 24


Roosters Go Six Points Clear in Grinding Win at Penrith

The Sydney Roosters' dominance in the Jersey Flegg competition continued as they went six points clear of second place with an impressive 14-nil win over the Penrith Panthers.

Away from home on a cold and dreary night in Penrith, the Red, White and Blue looked comfortable from the outset, with five-eighth Hugo Savala scoring the side's first and only try of the opening half as they took a 6-nil lead at the break.

Despite being down to twelve men at the beginning of the second stanza, the Tricolours held off numerous raids from their opponents as the downpour continued, and got on the board through Jacob Preston.

A penalty goal with ten minutes remaining extended the lead to more than two converted tries, and the Roosters held on to keep their opponents scoreless in an impressive 14-nil victory. 

Along with the North Sydney Bears, the Sydney Roosters Jersey Flegg will take to the road and face the Canberra Raiders in Belconnen on Saturday afternoon, kicking off at 1:20pm. 

Sydney Roosters 14 (Hugo Savala, Jacob Preston tries; Hugo Savala 2 goals; Hugo Savala penalty goal) def Penrith Panthers 0


Central Coast Pipped in Heartbreaking Circumstances

In a brave showing which included two games in five days, the Central Coast Roosters were unfortunately unable to qualify for the finals of the Harvey Norman Women's Premiership. 

In their revised Round 7 fixture, the Roosters travelled to take on Mounties on Tuesday night and managed to grind out a 10-6 win which saw NRLW Premiership winners Jocelyn Kelleher and Keilee Joseph crossing the stripe.

On Saturday afternoon, taking on the fourth-placed Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks for a place in the finals, the Red, White and Blue were pipped by a late field goal, going down 11-10 in the last round of the regular season. 

Jasmin Strange crossed eleven minutes in for an early lead, while the Sharks took a narrow 6-4 lead at the break after a try in the 24th minute to set up a tense second half.

Eager to take the victory, both sides traded early blows on resumption, with Olivia Kernick going over for the Tricolours with a trademark four-pointer, before the Sharks levelled the scores five minutes after. 

In a tense ending to the match, the Sharks snagged a field goal with two minutes remaining to claim the result, with Central Coast's season coming to a close in 6th position on the ladder. 

The Sydney Roosters would like to congratulate the Central Coast Roosters on their season. 

Central Coast Roosters 10 (Jocelyn Kelleher, Keilee Joseph tries; Jessica Gentle goals) def St Marys 6

Central Coast Roosters 10 (Jasmin Strange, Olivia Kernick tries; Jessica Gentle goal) def by Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 11

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.