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Juniors Report Round 8: Andrew Johns Cup Claim Premiership, SG Ball Minor Premiers

It was another overly positive result for the Club's Junior Reps sides, with the Andrew Johns Cup side claiming the Premiership, while the SG Ball side solidified a Minor Premiership as they continued their undefeated run. 


Andrew Johns Cup | Roosters Claim Back-To-Back Titles

Central Coast Roosters 20 def Macarthur Wests Tigers 12

The Central Coast Roosters became the first team in the Andrew Johns Cup to complete back-to-back titles in an emphatic 20-12 victory in their Grand Final at Cessnock Sportsground. 

The Roosters started quickly with winger Semi Leweniqila scoring off a cut-out pass in the right corner in just the second minute.

A second try to interchange prop Blessing Foini in the 23rd minute, with both being converted by halfback Owen Knowles, gave the Roosters a comfortable 12-0 half-time lead.

The Roosters third try came six minutes after the break, when five-eighth Jack Dean-Potaka stepped inside and swivelled in the tackle to bounce over, stretching the lead to 16-0.

Within 10 minutes the Roosters had their fourth with centre Koby Houghton finishing off a left-edge move after his side were awarded a penalty 15 metres out, and despite two late tries to MacArthur, the Roosters held on for a famous victory.

The Sydney Roosters would like to congratulate the players and staff of the Central Coast Roosters on their 2024 season.

Lisa Fiaola Cup | Roosters Post 40 On Opponents

Sydney Roosters 44 def Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 8 

The Sydney Roosters' Lisa Fiaola Cup side piled on nine tries in their 44-8 demolition of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in their Round 8 clash at Brookvale Oval. 

Manly struck first in the sixth minute of play, but from there it was a Red, White and Blue tsunami with Lacey Cross, Jaydariah Mapusua, Talea Tonga and Irae Savea touching down before the break for a handy 18-4 lead. 

The second stanza resembled the first with the home side striking to close the deficit, but once again it was the Roosters on a roll with Ayva Papalii crossing, before four tries in the final ten minutes saw Lacey Cross (50th minute), Anastasia Leatupue (53th), Evanjelika Phillips (56th) and Tsharnti Jerrard (58th) adding their names to the scoresheet. 

The Sydney Roosters Lisa Fiaola Cup side will enjoy the bye in the final round of the regular season. 

Central Coast Roosters 42 def St George Dragons 4 

On a similar note, the Central Coast Roosters dished out a big win against the St George Dragons 42-4 at Forshaw Park, with Breanna Bigeni bagging four tries and kicking five goals for a personal haul of 26 points. 

It was appropriate the centre struck first in the seventh minute, with Molly Pittman and Mahlie Cashin also crossing in the first half for an 18-nil lead. 

The Dragons struck their only blow to open the second half, but once again it was the Tricolours doing the rest of the damage, with Mia Vaotuua replying soon after before Bigeni touched down for her hat-trick in a matter of minutes. 

Vaotuua would have her second in the dying stages, before Bigeni put the finishing touches on a five-star performance. 

The Central Coast Roosters will face the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Bill Hicks Oval in the final round of the regular season. 

Harold Matthews Cup | Sydney Fall to Wests, Central Coast Postponed 

Sydney Roosters 22 def by Western Suburbs Magpies 32

A fast start in the first half gave the Western Suburbs Magpies a chance to leapfrog the Sydney Roosters at Kirkham Oval in Round 8 of the Harold Matthews Cup.

The sides went tit-for-tat in the first half, with the Magpies taking a 24-12 lead as Bailey Roberts-Lintmeijer and Brooklyn Heath touched down for the Roosters. 

The Tricolours closed the deficit as their momentum continued with Lachlan Metcalfe scoring just after the break, and despite EJ Mahu-Delamere crossed for a late four-pointer, the comeback was undone as the Magpies ran away with the victory.

The Roosters will face the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Shark Park in their final match of the regular season. 

Central Coast Roosters vs Melbourne Storm postponed 

Meanwhile, the Central Coast Roosters' match against the Melbourne Storm was postponed, with a future date to play to be decided. 

Tarsha Gale Cup | Roosters Pip Manly in Bird Battle

Sydney Roosters 14 def Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 12

It was a close battle at Brookvale Oval between the Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, with the Tricolours coming away with a 14-12 win in Round 8.

The Roosters trailed at the break with Aliyah Nasio crossing, but with Manly converting their sole try, there was just two points between the sides at half-time.

The difference would remain the same but in favour of the Red, White and Blue in the second stanza, as Tyra Ekepati and Ashley Ketuu touched down as the Roosters clawed their way back to claim a close victory. 

In Round 9, the Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy will enjoy the bye in the final round as they look toward defending their title with finals on the horizon.

SG Ball Cup | Roosters Continue Unbelievable Run

Sydney Roosters 42 def Western Suburbs Magpies 14

The Sydney Roosters' SG Ball side have continued their undefeated run with a 42-16 thumping of the Western Suburbs Magpies in Round 8 at Kirkham Oval.

The Roosters couldn't wait to jump out of the blocks, with two tries in the first seven minutes to Tyreece Tait and Julius Mitchell giving a handy 10-nil lead. Wests hit back but Tait soon had his double, with a late four-pointer to the hosts bringing the scores to 14-10 at the break.

The floodgates opened in the second stanza as the Roosters ran in a further five tries, with a late flurry seeing Enzo Griffier with a double and Jake Elliott adding his name to the scoresheet in the final ten minutes.

Jake Friend's outfit will take on the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Shark Park, having wrapped up the Minor Premiership with the victory. 


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.