The best action from Round 4 of the NSWRL’s major competitions.
Ilias field goal seals win in Good Friday thriller
South Sydney Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup halfback Lachlan Ilias nailed a drop goal in the final moments to down the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 25-24 at Stadium Australia on Friday afternoon.
It was a huge victory for the Rabbitohs after staging an unlikely comeback from a 20-6 deficit at the break. The Bulldogs scored the opener through winger Laitia Moceidreke in the third minute before South Sydney’s Cameron Akauola Laula equalised 10 minutes later. Canterbury-Bankstown produced three more tries including Moceidreke’s second before halftime.
Ilias crossed for a much needed Rabbitohs try in the early stages of the second half, yet the South Sydney captain’s big moment came just one minute from fulltime. Ilias caught the ball from hooker Peter Mamouzelos on last tackle and kicked the one-pointer from 18 metres out to secure victory.
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Win keeps Bulls ahead of the competition
The Hills Bulls remain outright competition leaders in the Ron Massey Cup ladder for another week after edging out the Glebe Dirty Reds 26-24 on Friday.
Reds halfback Wyndham Peachey scored two of three first-half tries for the home side and converted all three to go 18 points ahead in under 20 minutes. Five-eighth Jesse Marschke opened the scoring for the Bulls when he crossed on the stroke of halftime.
The Bulls proved they weren’t overawed by the 14-point margin in the second half, building on their momentum from late in the first with three more unanswered tries for a two-point lead. Glebe led for a second occasion when Caleb Uele scored with three minutes remaining but the Bulls still came away with the late win through centre Shane Kiel and a Tom Carr conversion.
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Magpies outmuscle Cabramatta in Women’s Premiership
The Wentworthville Magpies have earned their first competition points of the 2021 Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership season with a huge 32-0 win against Cabramatta at New Era Stadium.
Magpies fullback Katrina Pippen had a day out for the visitors, scoring two tries in the first half and converting four from six off the boot for a personal total of 16 points.
Wentworthville’s dominant score-line was rounded out with tries to prop Maria Posiano, lock Alyce Solaese, Lekiellia Brown and centre Alafou Fatu.
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McPherson, Sabutey superb in Easter Sunday special
The St Marys Saints were simply unstoppable as they reached the half-century against Ryde-Eastwood Hawks in Sunday afternoon’s Sydney Shield clash.
In the 56-24 victory, outside backs Sean Sabutey and Ethan McPherson crossed for a combined seven tries with Sabutey scoring a hat-trick and the latter running in four.
Saints no.13 Emmanuel Petrus scored a brace of his own along with tries to Riley Stokes and Kayleb Farr as St Marys continued to prove themselves as competition heavyweights in 2021.
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