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Juniors Report Round 5: Mixed Results for Roosters

There were mixed results for the Sydney Roosters Junior Representative sides, which saw three wins, three defeats, a draw and a bye in Round 5. 


Lisa Fiaola Cup | Roosters Downed in Fiaola Cup

Sydney Roosters 10 def by Illawarra Steelers 26

It was a frustrating outing for the Sydney Roosters' Round 5 clash with the Illawarra Steelers, down in Figtree, downed 26-10. 

The home side raced out to a 14-nil lead at the break, with the visiting Roosters unable to trouble the scoreboard in the first half.

Two quickfire tries in the second stanza to fullback Logan Fletcher and winger Ayva Papalii put the Tricolours back into the contest, but the Steelers put the result beyond doubt with a late four-pointer in the dying stages. 

The Sydney Roosters Lisa Fiaola Cup side will face the Parramatta Eels at Eric Tweedle Stadium, Granville for their Round 6 clash. 

Central Coast Roosters 16 def by Wests Tigers 26

After a close first half, the Central Coast Roosters were upset in the back end of their Round 5 match against the Wests Tigers at Kirkham Oval, downed 26-16. 

The Red, White and Blue kept things close in the opening stanza, with centre Breanna Bigeni replying to an early Tigers try before lock Molly Pittman touched down just minutes before the break for a 12-all stalemate. 

Fellow centre Mia Vaotuua gave the Roosters their first lead of the match with a four-pointer in the 42nd minute, but the side were unable to respond to the Tigers' response in their ten-point defeat. 

The Central Coast Roosters Lisa Fiaola Cup side will host the Penrith Panthers at Woy Woy Oval in their Round 6 clash with the Penrith Panthers. 

Harold Matthews Cup | Coast Keep it Close with Bears 

Central Coast Roosters 14 def North Sydney Bears 10

Sydney Roosters Bye

The Central Coast Roosters were victorious in a closely fought 14-10 match against the North Sydney Bears at Hill Grammar High School in Kenthurst. 

A double to Tyriq Campbell laid the foundation for the victory, with the Roosters building a handy 10-nil lead at half-time thanks to the winger's efforts. 

The Bears returned serve to start the second 40, but it was five-eighth Isaac Fotu-Moala crossing for the Tricolours in what was ultimately the match-winning try, with Norths' second four-pointer not enough to overcome the Roosters. 

The Central Coast Roosters will host the Parramatta Eels in Round 6, while the Sydney Roosters will return to the field following their Round 5 bye against the St George Dragons, with both matches at Woy Woy Oval. 

Tarsha Gale Cup | Roosters Streak Ends in Disappointing Defeat

Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy 6 def by Illawarra Steelers 28

The Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy's incredible winning streak has finally come to an end after they were defeated 28-6 at the hands of the Illawarra Steelers in their Round 5 clash. 

Having not tasted defeat since the 2021 Tarsha Gale Cup Grand Final, the Tricolours were upset by Illawarra, who ran in four quick-fire first-half tries to take a 22-nil lead.

The second half was a much closer affair, with winger Mele Ketuu scoring the Tricolours' sole four-pointer, but their opponents held off to hand the Roosters their first defeat in over two seasons. 

The Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy will look to bounce back in Round 6 when they face the Parramatta Eels at Eric Tweedale Stadium, Granville. 

SG Ball Cup | Tricolours Take Top Spot After Thumping Norths

Sydney Roosters 48 def North Sydney Bears 16

Jake Friend's side sits atop of the SG Ball Cup ladder following a 32-point thumping of the North Sydney Bears at Hills Grammar High School in Kenthurst. 

Easts hit the ground running with tries to De La Salle Va'a (5th minute), Tyreece Tait (8th), Kade Maguire (10th) and Zac Sarfati (13th) all crossing in nine minutes to set up a 24-12 lead at the break. 

The second stanza saw the Tricolours break away even further, with Tait and Sarfati bagging doubles while Toby Rodwell and Jake Elliott added their names to the scoresheet as they closed in on a half-century. 

The Sydney Roosters will turn their attention to the St George Dragons in their Round 6 clash at Woy Woy Oval.

Andrew Johns Cup | Roosters and Knights End Regular Season with Draw

Central Coast Roosters 24 draw with Newcastle-Maitland Region Knights 24

Neither the Central Coast Roosters nor the Newcastle-Maitland Region Knights were able to be separated after 60 minutes at Cessnock Sportsground in the final regular season round of the Andrew Johns Cup.

Both sides went tit for tat in a see-sawing first half hour, with six tries scored as the Roosters took a slender 18-14 lead with Chase Kapua, Duncan Gatt-Smith 
and Jack Dean-Potaka putting their names on the scoresheet. 

Second rower Cooper Gibbs extended the Roosters' lead, but two late four-pointers to the Knights saw the scores level at full-time.

Laurie Daley Cup | Roosters Thump Knights in Final Round

Central Coast Roosters 40 def Newcastle-Maitland Region Knights 14

The Central Coast Roosters completed the regular season of the Laurie Daley Cup with a thumping of the Newcastle-Maitland Region Knights, 40-14 at Cessnock Sportsground. 

Six tries in the opening half saw the Tricolours race out to a 28-nil lead, with doubles to Zahn McKay and Tumeke Huriwai giving the side a more than handy lead. 

Bailey Simpson also added his name to the list of players with doubles in the second stanza as the Roosters ran away with a 26-point lead, ending the regular season undefeated with four wins and a draw.  

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.