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AROUND THE GROUNDS | Harvey Norman NSW Women's Premiership Rd 3


They endured two gruelling losses to open their new campaign but CRL Newcastle have had their persistence rewarded, recording a gutsy 26-22 victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.

Trailing 16-8 at half-time, back-to-back tries in quick succession saw CRL Newcastle take a brief lead before they found themselves behind after Inangaro Maraeara crossed with 15 minutes to play. 

Just when it looked all but over, a try to Amy Broadhead in the final two minutes catapulted CRL Newcastle to the lead, with the ensuing conversion icing a remarkable come-from-behind victory and their first win of the season.

Jillaroos centre Isabelle Kelly starred for her side with an impressive two-try performance, while Broadhead also proved tough to handle in the hard-fought contest.



South Sydney were facing their toughest task of the season when they met a Cronulla-Caringbah outfit who were brimming with confidence following their 108-0 thumping of Wentworthville in Round 2.

Although the mouth-watering clash was expected to go down to the wire, the Rabbitohs burst out of the blocks with four unanswered tries– all within a relentless 17-minute period – to put the Sharks immediately out of reach. 

Although Courtney-Rae Yasserie gave Cronulla a glimmer of hope with a try in the 31st minute, it was all one-way traffic in the second-half as Souths posted four more tries to record a 40-6 victory – the win their third-consecutive success in the new season.



The Bears were well-rested following their Round 2 Bye, but couldn’t capitalise on their fresh legs as they battled out a 24-all draw with Penrith Brothers on Sunday afternoon.

Two tries to fullback Shenai Lendill and another to Josephine Maejiirs sparked a perfect start for the Bears as they were looking to post their first win of the season, but Penrith hit back with two tries in quick succession, shortly after.

Although North Sydney were leading with just 15 minutes to play, Penrith scored a vital try through Elise Short which was enough to hold on for a point – neither side able to clinch a much-needed victory in the dying stages.



Cabramatta were desperate to bounce back from their 20-10 loss to Penrith Brothers in Round 2, and did so in fitting style with a comfortable 82-12 victory over Wentworthville.

Botille Vette-Welsh provided a significant impact off the bench with four tries in a barnstorming performance, while Teina Clark, Montana Fonua got two of their own to round off a perfect team performance 

Cabramatta will take on the undefeated Rabbitohs in Round 4 while Wentworthville will do battle with the North Sydney Bears in the hope of recording their first win of the season.

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