All the best action from week eight of the NSWRL’s junior representative competitions.
Roosters win two from two in regional deciders
The Central Coast Roosters, minor premiers in the SLE Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cups, have recorded two grand final victories on Sunday to cap off an outstanding season in both competitions.
At Blacktown’s HE Laybutt Field, the Johns Cup side kicked off the day to beat the Illawarra South Coast Dragons 14-2 in a strong defensive display. In the Daley Cup decider the Roosters turned around a six-point deficit to run away with a 24-14 win.
Click here for the full match report from the SLE Andrew Johns Cup.
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Guyan scores four in 60-point rout
Balmain Tigers lock and captain Braydon Guyan crossed the stripe four times in his side’s clinical 64-4 win over the North Sydney Bears in the UNE SG Ball Cup.
Guyan scored the opening two tries in the first 10 minutes of play before sealing his hat-trick at the 28-minute mark. The first half saw a further four tries for the Tigers through five-eight Corey Thomas, centre Livai Suakuru, winger Oscar Enasio and fullback Jayme Elias.
Guyan’s fourth try of the afternoon came in the 43rd minute followed by tries to Harrison Henson and hooker Trent Borthwick, and a second for Elias. Saukuru converted an additional 10 from 11 off the boot for an individual tally of 24 points.
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Sharks prevail with late winner
The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks have managed an 18-14 victory over the Wests Tigers in the Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup, coming up with the match-winning play just six minutes from fulltime.
After the Sharks led 6-4 at the break, both sides traded four-pointers in the second half before the scores were locked at 14-all with 10 minutes remaining.
It was Sharks centre Chloe Boston who then took the result into her own hands, snatching an intercept from her own 20-metre zone and racing away to score.
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Knights return to top four
The Newcastle Knights have moved back into the UNE Harold Matthews Cup top four after edging out the Illawarra Steelers 26-20 at Cessnock Sports Ground on Saturday.
Newcastle didn’t take long to start scoring after putting on five tries in 38 minutes, including an 18-minute hat-trick to centre Ethan Ferguson – who also kicked three from five conversions for the afternoon.
Despite a spirited fightback by the Steelers – scoring three tries late in the second half – the home side held on for an important six-point victory with one match remaining before the finals.
Click here for other results from the UNE Harold Matthews Cup.