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Seniors Report Round 19: Bears Bested, Flegg Bounce Back

The North Sydney Bears were run down in the Frank Hyde Shield, while the Sydney Roosters Jersey Flegg side bounced back from defeat to record a comprehensive victory.

 

Bears Go Down in Narrow Defeat in Frank Hyde Shield

Members and supporters were in for a treat on Saturday afternoon as two foundation clubs went head to head for the Frank Hyde Shield on the hallowed turf of Henson Park, with the Bears going down in a narrow 14-20 defeat. 

Norths were the first to strike through Sandon Smith, and with Adam Keighran's boot providing two goals, the red and black were in control with a handy 8-nil lead.

Newtown struck back in quick succession upon resumption to take the lead, and extended it to a single score with 55 minutes played before young fullback Ethan King levelled the scores with a four-pointer of his own to set up a tense final quarter.

A try with fulltime looming to the home side saw the deficit return to six points for the Bears, who were unable to level as the hooter sounded, with the final score at 20-14 in favour of the Jets.

The North Sydney Bears will have the bye in Round 20, before returning to North Sydney Oval the following week to host the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

 

North Sydney Bears 14 (Sandon Smith, Ethan King tries; Adam Keighran 2 goals; Adam Keighran penalty goal) def by Newtown Jets 20

 

Jersey Flegg Bounce Back Against Sharks

The Sydney Roosters Jersey Flegg side bounced back from a narrow defeat to record a 20-point victory over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Ringrose Park in Wentworthville.

With conditions forcing the side to move their match from Waverley to western Sydney, the Tricolours were far from deterred, taking a 12-nil halftime lead with front rower Xavier Va'a and winger Xavier Chatfield-Mooka touching down.

It was a similar tale for the second stanza, with back rower Corey Ross crossing six minutes in and a penalty goal and a try to Benaiah Ioelu seeing the Roosters coast clear to a 26-nil scoreline with less than ten minutes remaining.

Their opponents crossed for a consolation try in the shadows of fulltime, but it mattered little as the Roosters continued their reign at the top of the Jersey Flegg ladder, 26-6.

The Sydney Roosters will enjoy the bye round this week, before hosting the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in Round 21.

 

Sydney Roosters 26 (Xavier Va'a, Xavier Chatfield-Mooka, Corey Ross, Benaiah Ioelu tries; Hugo Savala 4 goals; Hugo Savala penalty goal) def Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 6

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