Each week day NSWRL will showcase the best tries scored in each junior representative competition this year in these five categories: don’t argue tries, through-the-hands tries, kick tries, runaway tries and individual effort tries - starting with the UNE Harold Matthews Cup. Check back into this page for our rolling daily coverage.
UNE Harold Matthews Cup | Best don't argues
Canterbury- Bankstown Bulldogs centre and Paul Alamoti led the way for his side in their Round 2 clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, which they won 52-0. The skipper also booted five out of their six conversions.
Canberra Raiders prop Taulauniuotagoloa Mariota also had a cracking game in Round 2 against the St George Illawarra Dragons. Mariota stormed through in the 55th minute to give his side a ten-point lead. Leroy Murray booted the goal to take the final score to 20-8.
Newcastle Knights centre Ethan Ferguson certainly perfected palming the opposition out of the way in their Round 6 clash against the Raiders at Cessnock Sports Ground. Ferguson helped his side to a 14-4 victory.
UNE Harold Matthews Cup | Best through-the-hands tries
Cronulla Sharks centre Koby Douglas did extremely well to grab the ball mid-air from a juggling Rooster's grip and plant it down all in one motion. The Sharks won this Round 6 battle convincingly, putting on 42 points to the Roosters 12, with Douglas bagging a double.
Central Coast Roosters centre Oliver Juras finished off an excellent piece of play against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 3. It all started with some footwork from Roosters half Haydan Ritchie and his side went on to win the match 32-6.
The Rabbitohs were not giving up until they got this try against the Balmain Tigers in Round 4. The Tigers tried mightily to tackle their opposition but with no avail. South Sydney winger Jaxon Frintzilas using his speed at footwork at the end to get a meat pie in the 22nd minute of the match, which they won 24-18.
A soaring cut-out pass from Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs halfback Iverson Matai was the catalyst for Charlie Sorovi to score in the corner against the St George Illawarra Dragons in Round 3. Micqut Ngaata did a great job at holding up the pass and drawing in the defender, while Sorovi went on to score again four minutes later, his side running out 30-10 victors.
UNE Harold Matthews | Best kick tries
Canberra Raiders halfback Leroy Murray kicked for his winger Joshua Petrovic in Round 4 against the Sydney Roosters and Petrovic didn’t disappoint. He swoops in, kicks the ball for himself and grabs a handy four-pointer. The Green Machine went on to win the match 24-18 at Henson Park.
St George Dragons five-eighth Kye Beckett put in a nice, little grubber kick behind the goal line defence and just before it was about to go dead, Issac Petrus bats it back for second-rower Kobey O’Brien to score a great try but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to save the match as the Bulldogs ran out 30-10 winners in Round 3.
Newcastle Knights centre Gabe Stuart made it look effortless as he leapt above the crowd and volleyed the ball back to his five-eighth Taj Blackman to score untouched in Round 5 against St George. The Knights put on a masterclass at Mascot Oval that day, putting on 52 points to the Dragons 10.
Surely, they must have practiced this one at training? Bulldogs five-eighth Brooklyn Taumata with a bang-on, perfectly waited kick that lands straight into the arms of Micqut Ngaata against the Roosters in Round 5. The Roosters were unable to capitalise that day and the Bulldogs put 40 unanswered points on the tricolours.
Sharks halfback Max Demeio put up a cross-field kick for Koby Douglas who looks as though he is cruise mode as he jumps up and grabs the ball and plants it down confidently with one hand in Round 6. Cronulla won the game convincingly 42-12.
UNE Harold Matthews | Best runaway tries
Illawarra Steelers winger Bryden Rutledge anticipates the Magpies play perfectly, picking the ball up and freakishly staying in the field of play as he lobs it back to fellow winger Noah Guyatt who also toes the line in order to stay in and grabs his team a much-needed eight-point lead but the Steelers ended up losing this Round 4 clash 20-10.
Well before the pass from Parramatta was even thrown Raiders centre Siamani Leuluai knew it was coming. He grabbed the ball and was away in a flash and even though some Eels defenders were hot on his heels he managed to score untouched. The cheers of the home crowd at Belconnen seemed to help as well but the Raiders went down 14-4 in this Round 1 match-up.
The Knights thought they had a try in the bank in Round 4 but Bulldogs winger Charlie Sorovi wasn’t having any of it, using his pace to streak away, shrug off the opposition and come away with an impressive four-pointer in just the fourth minute of play. It set the Dogs up for a 34-12 conquest over Newcastle.
UNE Harold Matthews Best individual effort tries
Sea Eagles five-eighth Latu Fainu put the icing on the cake for his team in the 54th minute in Round 5 with this barging run. Manly ran rings around the Eels at Ringrose Park, recording a 30-18 victory.
Steelers winger Noah Guyatt backed himself completely and came up with this absolutely brilliant play in the 52nd minute of their Round 3 clash with the Knights but it was too little too late, as his side was already trailing by a big margin and they went down 34-10.
Raiders winger Suliasi Aho was not in the mood to be tackled in Round 1 against the Raiders, taking on five defenders and keeping himself moving to crash over the line in the 58th minute and help his side to a 14-4 win.