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Affiliate Wrap: Silktails Officially Launch Season

It was a tough week for the club's affiliate sides, with all four coming close but unable to claim victories throughout their matches over the weekend. 

Sydney Shield and Ron Massey Cup | Defeat for Glebe

Glebe Dirty Reds 18 def by Mounties 26

The Glebe Dirty Reds Sydney Shield side competed gamely in their clash with Mounties, going down 26-18. The Reds fought back from an early 10-point deficit to lead 12-10 after 35 minutes following tries to Lachlan Gibbs and Oshay Tyerman.

But three Mounties tries in the next nine minutes saw the contest finish in high-stakes circumstances. Glebe got to within eight points following a converted try to Saiyasi Ikanidrodro after 50 minutes, however, that’s where the scoring ended. 

Forwards Casey Morgan and Brodie Briggs were among the best for Glebe, with half Connor Garetty and winger Oshay Tyreman also turning in strong performances.

The Glebe Dirty Reds Sydney Shield side faces off against Manly Leagues this weekend at St Marys Leagues Stadium at 2pm on Saturday afternoon.

Glebe Dirty Reds 22 def by Mounties 28

The Dirty Reds Sydney Shield side squandered a 16-point lead against Mounties midway through the first half, to ultimately lose 28-22 at Aubrey Keech Reserve on Saturday. 

It was all one-way traffic early on, with Harry McKeon, Adam Fearnley, Ratu Temesia Jilicevece and Joe Taipari crossing for tries. But with regular kicker Taipari prevented from goal-kicking due to injury, all four conversion attempts were unsuccessful.

Mounties snagged two late tries in the closing minutes of the first half and converted both, to close the margin to just four points at the break.

The inability to convert their dominance into a healthy lead seemed to play havoc with Glebe’s confidence and the second half ultimately resembled the previous week’s late collapse against the Bulldogs, with the Reds ultimately going down by 6.

Fullback Jade Anderson and winger Harry McKeon were solid at the back with Craig Garvey menacing out of dummy half. Kane Evans and Apisalome Saukuru were the best of the big men.

The Glebe Dirty Reds Ron Massey Cup side will take on Brothers this Sunday at St Marys Leagues Stadium, kicking off at 10am. 

Jersey Flegg Cup | Silktails Celebrate Season Launch

Kaiviti Silktails 14 def by Penrith Panthers 52

A big defeat at the hands of the Penrith Panthers failed to dampen the mood for the Kaiviti Silktails, who officially launched the club's season while having some special guests on hand to watch their Round 6 match. 

The Panthers came out hard and fast in a physical opening 15 minutes, with a number of errors allowing their opponents to capitalise, with winger Jone Navunidreudreu the lone tryscorer for the Silktails in the first half. 

Penrith's momentum continued in the second half, however, it was a positive finish for the Silktails who scored two quickfire tries in the final minutes through Michael Poulter and Navunidreudreu.

Hooker Seru Kalouvivalu in particular had a strong game, making 41 tackles.

Silktails General Manager, Damon Spooner, spoke about the week which saw a number of special guests make an appearance at the club. 

"It was a hot and humid week, where our boys continued to learn about themselves, their physical limits and maintaining intensity, which is a good type of pressure for the team to grow," he said. 

"We were very lucky to have Sydney Roosters Head of Junior Recruitment & Development Dean Feeney come across and visit the national schools' carnivals across two weekends, and the locals were very excited.

"Dean also provided a staff development coaching clinic at a Silktails feeder high school in Lautoka and of course support and develop our local staff and players while in Fiji.

"We were very lucky to have the Fijian Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka at Churchill Park to come and watch the game as well."

The Kaiviti Silktails will travel to Sydney in Round 7 to take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Saturday afternoon at Erskineville Oval. 

QLD Cup | Jets Bested by Bears

Ipswich Jets 18 def by Burleigh Bears 28 

A late charge at the death consigned the Ipswich Jets to a near-miss defeat at the hands of the Burleigh Bears, going down 18-28 at North Ipswich Reserve.

Burleigh began proceedings with a try just three minutes in, but it was Arama Hau doing the damage to get the Jets on the board fourteen minutes later.

The Bears responded in kind to regain the lead as the Jets continued to trouble their opponents to go into the sheds at 12-apiece thanks to a Dray Ngatuere-Wroe four-pointer. 

Both sides continued to go back and forth as the visitors crossed before the Jets continued to threaten an upset, with winger Jaylan De Groot adding his name to the scoresheet, locked in a stalemate with half an hour remaining. 

Unfortunately, the final stanza of the match saw the Jets commit a number of errors on both sides of the ball, gifting the Bears an opportunity to strike twice more and seal victory.

The Ipswich Jets will turn their attention to the Tweed Seagulls, who they host at CBus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast at 3:05pm on Saturday afternoon.

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