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Around the Grounds | Major Comps Rd 8

The latest headlines from the eighth week of action in the NSWRL's major competitions.

Parramatta get the win in low scoring encounter

The Parramatta Eels have come away with a narrow Round 8 win in the Jersey Flegg Cup after defeating Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12-8 at Stadium Australia on Saturday.

The Bulldogs had the halftime advantage with two tries through wingers Eli Clark and Laitia Moceidreke, but failed to convert on both occasions for an 8-6 lead at the break. The Eels’ sole try for the opening half came in the 26th minute when lock Jayden Yates crossed the stripe, which was followed up by a Kyle Schneider conversion.

The contest looked set for a try-less second stanza until three minutes before the final whistle when five-eighth Tevita Masima scored the match-winner. Schneider had no problem adding the extras to round out the 12-8 win.

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Sharks prove too strong again

The star-studded Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks have continued to dominate their opposition in the 2021 Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership, adding to their undefeated run with a 34-0 shutout of the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

21-year-old Quincy Dodd was the pick of try-scorers for the home side with two tries in the opening 20 minutes before sealing a hat-trick midway through the second half.

The other Sharks on the scoresheet included lock Kaarla Cowan, second-rower Talei Holmes and centre Leianne Tufuga while halfback Maddie Studdon kicked five from six off the boot.

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Bulls hand Saints first defeat of the year

The St Marys Saints’ undefeated streak has finally come to an end in Round 8 of the Sydney Shield, falling 18-8 to a spirited Hills Bulls outfit.

The Bulls scored the opening two tries of the first half as winger Thomas Menzies crossed in the 15th minute, followed by lock and captain Sean Walpole in the 26th. Centre Masi Paulo Fidow converted both four-pointers as the Bulls took a 12-4 lead to break, conceding just one try to St Marys skipper Aiden Glanville.

The visitors extended their lead through Christopher McCoy in the early exchanges of the second half. Paulo Fidow kicked his third conversion of the afternoon for an 18-4 buffer.

Saints fullback Ethan McPherson scored a late try in the 62nd minute but the Bulls’ defence stayed strong for a ten-point win on the road.

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