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Around the Grounds | Junior Reps Round 6

All the best action from Round 6 of the NSWRL’s junior representative competitions.

Roche hat-trick in opening win for Dragons

The St George Dragons have recorded their first victory of the 2021 UNE SG Ball Cup with an eight-point win over the Thunderbolts at Gosch’s Paddock in Victoria. 

No.9 Mackenzie Roche was the standout for the Red V, scoring three four-pointers in just 36 minutes – along with tries to Mitch Reeve and Tom Pitkethley – to give the visitors a 28-6 lead moments into the second half.

With 25 minutes remaining the Thunderbolts fought back to within four points after a try to No.16 Ron Tooala and a brace for five-eighth Tui Ieremia. Despite a strong turnaround the Victorians’ momentum was halted by a late try for Dragons winger Mitch Reeve to seal the win.

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Raiders and Eels unable to push ahead in Tarsha Gale

The Canberra Raiders and Parramatta Eels couldn’t come up with the match-winning play in Saturday’s Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup clash, fighting out a 16-all draw at Seiffert Oval.

Eels centre Tahleisha Pugh crossed for first points in the eighth minute before Canberra’s Makayla Morris levelled the scores with a try in the 24th. Morris followed it up with a successful conversion to bring the halftime deficit to 6-4. 

The Raiders built on their narrow lead to start the second half with two converted tries and gave the Eels the difficult task of overcoming a 12-point margin with less than 15 minutes until fulltime. The Eels, however, only needed the final five minutes of play to score two tries of their own and earn themselves a draw. 

The Round 6 opponents are now equal on three competition points and sit at seventh and eighth on the ladder with a bye in hand, which leaves both sides needing at least one more win to secure a top six finals position.

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Feledy flies in Sea Eagles shutout

Sea Eagles centre Josh Feledy produced a huge captain’s knock in the UNE Harold Matthews Cup on Saturday, scoring six of seven tries in Manly Warringah’s 40-0 win over Newcastle at Cessnock Sports Ground.

Having secured his hat-trick within the first half, Feledy soon crossed for a fifth try by the 36-minute mark before adding to his tally 20 minutes later.

The Sea Eagles were just as accurate off the boot with six from seven conversions through hooker Ollie Davies (5/6) and five-eighth Latu Fainu (1/1). Following their victory Manly Warringah’s Harold Matthews side remain undefeated after five matches.

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