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Around the Grounds | Junior Reps Week 6

The best action from the sixth week of competition in the NSWRL's Junior Representative competitions.

Magpies surge past Roosters in final minutes

Western Suburbs Magpies have mounted an incredible comeback against the previously undefeated Sydney Roosters in the Harold Matthews Cup.

Down 26-16 with just eight minutes to go, Mappies prop Jordan Miller charged into the Roosters defensive line, getting an offload away to fullback Luke Laulilii who crashed over underneath the black dot.

After Tajh Colquhoun converted, the Magpies found themselves down just four points and with all the momentum.

Off the kick off the Magpies ran riot through the middle on the back of strong runs by James Folaumoetui, Miller and Lachlan Galvin. With just seven minutes remaining on the clock, the Magpies sent the ball out to the left and some beautiful ball-playing by Laulilii sent William Craig crashing over to level the scores.

From the kick off, the Magpies marched up field and after another great touch by Laulilii, they spread the ball out to their red-hot left edge where Galvin was backing up on the inside to crash over and put his side in front and give them a thrilling 30-26 win.

For more Harold Matthews Cup results, click here.

Steelers claw their way back against Panthers

Illawarra Steelers have mounted a late comeback to defeat the Penrith Panthers in the SG Ball Cup at BlueBet Stadium.

The Steelers got off to a flying start off the back of a beautiful left foot step from centre Jack Bostock who scored after just four minutes.

The two sides went back and forth through tries to Panthers backrower Aston Warwick and Steelers winger Ethan Cliff who pulled off an acrobatic finish to get his side within two points.

After going into the sheds in front 10-8, the Panthers scored the first try of the second half through Keagan Russell-Smith. With the Steelers running the ball out of their own in-goal, the Panthers halfback made a one-on-one strip and crashed over underneath the black dot. He added the extras, and the Panthers were in control at 16-8.

With 16 minutes remaining, the Steelers needed something special and it came again through Bostock, who used his size and strength to crash over in the corner and get his side within a try.

The Steelers started to get adventurous, spreading the ball from the kick off and off the back of a penalty, they found themselves deep within the Panthers half.

Steelers hooker Navajo Doyle sent prop Jacob Webster crashing over after some crafty dummy half play. Bostock converted and the Steelers led 18-16.

The Panthers had their opportunities to hit back but it was the Steelers who went over again through prop Toby Couchman to help secure a 24-16 win.

For more SG Ball Cup results, click here.

Raiders seal opening win with second half blitz

The Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup Canberra Raiders have secured their opening victory of 2022 with an unlikely second half turnaround to beat South Sydney Rabbitohs 16-14 at Ironmark High Performance Centre in Redfern.

After a scoreless first half from the visitors, the Raiders scored four unanswered tries following halftime to overcome the 14-point deficit in a performance that might just provide the confidence boost Canberra need to turn their season around.

Initially it was the Rabbitohs who were on track for their first ever Tarsha Gale Cup win with tries to Kasey Taaffe, Shyla Mundine and Lillah Hoffman as well as a Luti Maile conversion, but the Green Machine would ultimately have the final say.

Five-eighth and captain Alanna Dummett got the ball rolling with a four-pointer in the 36th minute and winger Hunter Ings followed up with another try soon after.

With five minutes remaining April Downey and centre Tikirah-Ann Douglas added themselves to the scoresheet, putting the final touches on Canberra’s two-point win.

For more Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup results, click here.

For SLE Andrew Johns Cup results, click here.

For SLE Laurie Daley Cup results, click here.

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