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Uncharacteristic Roosters Cruelled by Errors in Semi Final

The Sydney Roosters have been defeated by the Parramatta Eels in their NRLW semi final at Suncorp Stadium, 24-10, after an uncharacteristic, scrappy performance. 

A frustrating, error-riddled battle saw the Tricolours unable to maintain momentum throughout, which saw numerous try-scoring opportunities squandered throughout the match. 

The result marks the conclusion of the side's 2022 campaign, which saw them claim the Minor Premiership after five undefeated matches to start the season. 

Isabelle Kelly and Jessica Sergis got the Roosters rolling downfield through powerful charges before both sides traded penalties as they desperately looked to get on the board first - with the Bondi Wall holding on after their first test of the afternoon.

Raecene McGregor's boot proved to be troublesome for the opposition, firstly forcing a line drop out before nearly providing for Sergis, and after multiple sets defending the line, eventually, the mountain of possession saw Ashleigh Quinlan score.

But it wasn't long before John Strange's side hit back; a blockbusting run from Pani Hopoate saw the young front rower stream through the line and with a McGregor kick finding the grass, Shaniah Power leapt to score the side's first try. 

Another near miss saw Leianne Tufuga denied centimetres from the, however, after a kick forced a drop out, the Eels struck back immediately to extend their lead to eight points. 

An offside call denied their opponents soon after, but ill-discipline on both sides of the ball continued to cruel the Roosters - with a monumental defensive effort from Sergis denying a certain try.

Power Takes a McGregor Bounce

But Parramatta's own poor handling handed over a perfect opportunity to strike in the shadows of halftime, but a further loss of possession close to the line saw the Roosters head to the sheds with an eight-point deficit. 

Strong charges from Otesa Pule and Zahara Temara followed by ferocious defence saw Easts pin the Eels well into their own territory upon resumption, but frustrations came to fruition after yet another dropped ball over the line. 

An ugly shot on Sam Bremner saw the diminutive fullback down but not out, with back-to-back penalties sending the Roosters downfield, but it was another case of what-if after Shawden Burton burrowed over, only to be held up. 

The Tricolours survived an aerial assault on the other end of the field and they looked likely to score again following a half break from Bremner and a repeat set fromTemara, but a forward pass saw another opportunity slip. 

The Eels were able to capitalise after a second consecutive forward pass call, and the bounce of the ball landed with the Eels as they scored through a dangerous kick.

Togatuki Crashes Over Late

With 20 minutes remaining to save their season and with a 14-point deficit, the Red, White and Blue desperately defended their line and question the opposition line, but the Eels sealed the result with yet another try.

Sarah Togatuki charged over for a late four-pointer to return the deficit back to 14 points, with the side's season coming to a close in disappointing circumstances, 24-10.  

Sydney Roosters 10 (Shaniah Power, Sarah Togatuki tries; Zahara Temara goals) def by Parramatta Eels 24 (Ashleigh Quinlan, Abbi Church, Tayla Preston, Rikeya Horne tries; Tayla Preston 4 goals) 

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.