The Central Coast Roosters have well and truly cemented themselves as one of the top contenders to take out the NSW Harvey Norman Women’s premiership title after beating the North Sydney Bears 16-6.
It was destined to be the match of the round, and this battle of brilliance definitely lived up to the hype but the Roosters dominant efforts in the last 20 minutes earnt them the win.
Central Coast prop, Tayla Predebon, opened the scoreboard in the sixth minute of the match, producing the only try for the first half that was successfully converted by halfback Melanie Howard.
North Sydney came out determined in the second half to deliver a four-pointer and fullback Shanice Parker was the woman to make that happen, converted by Kirra Dibb to level the score 6-all.
It was the power and speed of Roosters centre Jayme Fressard who cemented the win for the red, white and blue as she surged through the Bears defence to score in the 43rd minute and followed that up with another try 10 minutes later.
Another successful conversion by Howard granted an extra two points and the final whistle blew at 16-6.
The Cronulla Sharks have won a low-scoring tight contest at Hammondville Oval, defeating the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 14-8.
The Sharks wasted no time to trouble the scorekeeper when back-rower Kennedy Cherrington crossed within four minutes.
Bulldogs superstar Maddison Weatherall continued the flavour of forwards scoring when she crashed over, but the Sharks remained ahead by two points as the try could not be converted.
That excitement for the Bulldogs was short lived when Sharks centre Talei Holmes scored and they extended their lead to 14 when the other centre Jamie-Anne Wright scored. It seemed as though the Sharks would kick on with their lead but the Bulldogs defence for the rest of the game was simply outside.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs they only scored one more try in the game and the Sharks won what was an incredibly tough game.
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