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Around the Grounds | Major Competitions Round 15

All the best action from Round 15 of the NSWRL's major competitions.

Late try secures draw for Panthers

The Penrith Panthers and Sydney Roosters battled out a hard-fought draw in the Jersey Flegg Cup, after a 67th minute try to the Panthers brought scores level.

Panthers winger Ethan Clark-Wood pounced on a perfect kick from halfback Hayden Bonanno, and it was up to Niwhai Puru to put his side in front from the left hand touchline although the ball flew inches wide of the post, giving him his first and only miss of the match.

Mavrik Geyer, Logan Cohen and Liam Henry all crossed over for the home side and Jacob Preston, Luke Knight, Jack Mossman all scored for the Roosters while Vuate Karawalevu added two more to his tally for 2021.

Hawks and Dirty Reds can't be separated after two-point field goal

Glebe Dirty Reds and Ryde-Eastwood Hawks couldn't come to a result after Glebe halfback Manaia Rudolph slotted a two-point field goal in the 79th minute at Henson Park.

The Hawks looked to have all the momentum after shooting out to a 16-0 lead after just 15 minutes of action, although the Dirty Reds quickly swung things in their favour. Tries to Manaia Rudolph, John Olive and Eli Roberts cut the deficit to 16-14 at halftime.

The Hawks started the second half as they did the first, with winger Toni Tali scoring what would be their final try of the afternoon.

Wyatt Rangi crashed over in the 69th minute and Rudolph added the extras to bring scores level with 10 minutes remaining, until a Josh Rizk penalty goal put the Hawks in front in the dying stages. 

With the result looking a foregone conclusion, Rudolph stepped up when his side needed him the most and slotted a two-point field goal to secure a 22-all draw and keep his side in the top four.

No Origin stars, no worries for Helensburgh Tigers

The Helensburgh Tigers defeated Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 16-14 in the Harvey Norman Women's Premiership with both sides missing several Origin stars.

With star players from both sides including Jess Sergis, Kezie Apps, Maddie Studdon, Corban Baxter, Tiana Penitani, Quincy Dodd and Kennedy Cherrington all on Origin duties, it was anyone's game. 

The Sharks shot out to an early lead after Talei Holmes and Ella Barker both crashed over within the first eight minutes. Both sides got into an arm wrestle and it was the Tigers who broke through after Olivia Patterson scored in the corner.

The Sharks would cross once more after Kiana Takairangi pounced on a loose ball and raced away downfield, and Patterson capitalised on the broken defensive line and went over the very next play.

Patterson went over for her second in the 47th minute and Rachael Pearson converted to secure a 16-14 victory as the Tigers move into 4th on the Harvey Norman Women's Premiership ladder.

Acknowledgement of Country

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