2019 SG Ball Round 1 - St George v Balmain. Photo: Allan Barry

BACK-TO-BACK DRAWS OPEN JUNIOR REPS WEEKEND

You might be lucky to have one draw every so often in Rugby League but the third round of the UNE SG Ball Cup delivered two thrilling contests within the mere space of a few minutes. 

The Parramatta Eels and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles opened Round 3 with a 20-all draw at New Era Stadium as a late try to Sea Eagles winger Simon Tito, and ensuing conversion from Jack Birt, levelled the scores at full-time. 

Meanwhile, the Illawarra Steelers and Balmain Tigers were also playing out an enthralling affair with a quick-fire double to Tigers centre Josh Rizk in the dying stages ensured a 32-all draw at Collegians Sporting Complex. 

WEATHERALL BLITZ HELPS STEELERS DOMINATE

Maddison Weatherall has continued her scintillating 2018 form for the Illawarra Steelers in the Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup with a mammoth four-try effort helping her side to a comfortable 60-6 victory over the Bulldogs. 

The 13-try haul saw a ridiculous eight tries from the Steelers in the opening 20-minutes of play as the Bulldogs managed to cross for their only try early in the contest through Jasmine Peters. 

But Weatherall ensured the Steelers would claim their third consecutive victory to start the 2019 season as they comfortably sit in first place on the competition ladder. 

The Steelers have not scored less than 40 points in each of their three games this season – a record that boasts 31 tries while conceding just six.

BULLDOGS SHUT-OUT LUCKLESS DRAGONS 

The Bulldogs have finally found their groove after two disappointing losses to open their UNE Harold Matthews Cup campaign with a dominant 30-0 victory over the Dragons on Saturday. 

The Dragons were fresh off the bye after a tough opening round loss to Balmain Tigers but were unable to stop a rampaging Bulldogs outfit as they ran in six unanswered tries. 

The performance included a barnstorming display from Solomone Saukuru as the prop-forward scored two tries and worked tirelessly on either side of the ball. 

The Bulldogs now sit 11th on the competition ladder while the Dragons remain without a win for 2019. 

BYE DOES WONDERS FOR RELENTLESS SHARKS

The week off proved to pay dividends for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks after a 36-4 defeat to the Steelers in Round One of the UNE SG Ball Cup as they recorded a 66-6 thumping of the West Coast Pirates on Saturday.  

The Sharks were ruthless with the ball in the opening stages as they ran in six unanswered tries in the first-half, and were just as impressive in defence with some brutal efforts. 

The win also included a hat-trick to winger Samuel Stonestreet as the Sharks stormed into sixth place on the ladder.