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Around the Grounds | Junior Representatives - Round Eight

All the best action from round eight of the NSWRL’s Junior Representative competitions.

Eels edge out Steelers in Kellyville

Parramatta Eels have defeated Illawarra Steelers 22-12 in the Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup at Kellyville Park.

The Eels were the first to strike after some power running through the middle sent their captain Ruby-Jean Kennard crashing over.

The Eels crossed again on the stroke of half-time after halfback Rosemarie Beckett looked outside before opting to run the ball, carrying several defenders over the line with her. The conversion was unsuccessful and the Eels led 10-0 at the break.

The Steelers needed to be the next to score and they did exactly that, after hooker Salma Nour caught the defence napping. Lily Rogan converted and the Steelers trailed 10-6.

The Eels scored back-to-back tries through Katalina Vave and Alysha Bell and to take a 22-6 lead with 20 minutes remaining.

There was plenty of fight left in the Steelers. Nour bagged herself a double with two minutes left on the clock, but it was too little too late as the Eels secured their fifth win of 2022.

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Tigers in thrilling come-from-behind victory

Balmain Tigers have defeated Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 30-28 in the SG Ball Cup at Leichhardt Oval.

After finding themselves down 28-16 early in the second half, the Tigers showed they are a threat in the SG Ball competition, launching several attacking raids at the Sharks defensive line.

Tries in quick succession to Benjamin Lavender and a double to Lawson Cotter could have had the Tigers at panic stations, but their fullback Cathane Hill showed too much pace out wide to crash over and put his side within striking distance.

Just six mintues later it was lock forward Cayne Nicholas who showed too much strength after burrowing over from dummy-half. Johnathan Ibrahim converted and the Tigers trailed 28-26.

The final and decisive try came in the 62nd minute when Tafeuni Vea, who plucked the ball out of the air, scored on the left-hand side of the field to secure the Tigers second win of the season.

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Roosters continue undefeated run

Sydney Roosters have defeated Victoria Thunderbolts 34-14 in the SG Ball Cup at Casey Fields, Melbourne to bring their season record to six wins and zero losses.

The Thunderbolts came out of the blocks firing, putting on 12 points in the opening 15 mintues with tries to hooker Suliasi Prescott and Rhys Falconer.

The Roosters eventually got on the board in the 19th minute after a nice offload from Venasiotangifetaua Patuki Case allowed halfback Cassius Tia to crash over.

Another try to Ethan Strange and a penalty goal from Thunderbolts five-eighth Bishop Walker gave the home side a 14-10 lead at the halftime break.

The second half was a different story as the Roosters piled on the points in the final 20 minutes through doubles to Tia and Robert Toia, and a try to Michael Abdow, keeping their perfect season record intact.

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Acknowledgement of Country

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