Around the Grounds Johns, Daley Semi-Finals, SG Ball Rd 7
Author : Tom Gibbs NSWRL
All the latest action from the NSWRL’s junior representative competitions.
Panthers too strong for Thunderbolts in SG Ball
With all metropolitan junior representative matches postponed in New South Wales due to severe weather conditions, the only Round 7 fixture to take place was between the Thunderbolts and Penrith Panthers at Casey Fields, Victoria on Saturday.
The visiting Panthers flew out of the blocks with two tries in the opening five minutes through fullback Kristian Li Mai and winger Ashley Cosgrove.
Penrith went into the break with a 22-12 lead after Li Mai scored a second while hooker Ryley Smith also crossed. Victoria’s two first-half tries came in the 15th and 33rd minute through winger Zacharius Fuimaono and back-rower Xaviour Toufa.
Victoria still couldn’t gain the lead in the second half with both sides scoring two more tries each as the Panthers secured a 32-22 win.
Dragons, Roosters through to decider
The Illawarra South Coast Dragons and Central Coast Roosters recorded convincing wins in the SLE Andrew Johns Cup semi-finals on Saturday to book their places in next week’s grand final.
The Dragons took on the North Coast Bulldogs to kick-off Saturday’s double-header at HE Laybutt Field with No.17 Isaac Laughton and hooker Dextar Grant scoring two tries apiece en route to a 22-0 victory.
The following fixture saw Northern Conference leaders the Central Coast Roosters lining up against Monaro Colts as winger Noah Owens scored early in what was the sole try of the first half.
The Roosters scored three more tries in the second half through fellow winger Jarrod Dann (2) and second row forward Jack Legge to run away with an 18-0 win.
With the two competition heavyweights – Illawarra South Coast and Central Coast – securing victory at the semi-final stage, the Johns Cup decider will be anyone’s game as both sides go into the clash without a loss to their name for 2021.
All-Northern final in Daley Cup
The SLE Laurie Daley Cup grand final will feature two Northern Conference competitors after the Central Coast Roosters and Northern Tigers secured semi-final victories by a slender six-point margin.
Despite the difficult conditions in both matches, it was the Roosters and Tigers who came out on top at the end of 60 minutes after scoring first points against their respective opponents.
It was a low-scoring affair for the Roosters in their 12-6 win over Monaro Colts with hooker Tyler Moriarty scoring both four-pointers for the tricolours.
The Northern Tigers led 12-0 at halftime against the Western Rams and although they conceded a try late in the second half, Tigers centre Blake Johnston scored with eight minutes remining to seal the 16-10 victory.
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