Around the Grounds NSWRL Junior Reps Round 5
Author : Andrew McEnallay NSWRL
Around the Grounds NSWRL Junior Reps Round 5
Rams brilliance ends in heartbreak for Tigers
Western Rams have defeated Northern Tigers 28-22 in the SLE Laurie Daley Cup in a thrilling contest that went right down to the wire.
After plenty of back and forth action, it was the Tigers who opened the scoring when Jasper Thistle crashed over from short range. Logan Spinks converted to give his side a 6-0 lead.
The Tigers had all the momentum and a brilliant solo effort from Spinks gave his side a 12-0 lead after 24 minutes.
With his side needing something on the stroke of halftime, Rams five-eighth Tyrone Tattersall stepped up and beat his opposite man with a right-foot step to score their first try.
Nick Murphy was able to convert, and the Rams trailed 12-6 heading into the sheds.
The Rams scored back-to-back tries through Jamie Thorpe and Harrison Scott early in the second half to have the Tigers staring down the barrel of yet another loss.
They hit back through Kaleb Hope, who found himself in open space with an intercept.
Down 22-18, Jake Clydesdale scored to level things up but the Tigers were unable to convert to leave the match up for the taking.
With just over one minute on the clock.
Rams halfback Jamie Thorpe chanced his hand and chipped over the top and a perfectly weighted bounce saw Nick Murphy burst onto the ball and pass for Scott.
Who crashed over in the corner to snatch a heart-stopping victory.
Dragons tame Bulls to remain undefeated
Illawarra South Coast Dragons have defeated Riverina Bulls 36-12 in the SLE Laurie Daley Cup at Laurie Daley Oval, Junee.
The first points of the match came through Dragons hooker Kyan Hjaltason, who proved to be an absolute nightmare for the Bulls defence all day.
In the 20th minute, Hjaltason dummied once to get through the line, and again to beat the fullback before crashing over for an incredible solo try to put his side up 6-0 after a successful conversion.
The Dragons forwards were the unsung heroes after they generated plenty of ruck speed to allow their outside backs to wreack havoc. An acrobatic put down by winger Neasan Jha-Langley gave the Tigers a 10-0 lead after 25 minutes.
On the cusp of halftime, the ball was sent down the left edge where Dragons centre Kyle McCarthy cut back on the inside and flicked the ball onto Jaxon Lavender, who crashed over to put his side up 16-0 at the break.
Dragons winger Jack Piccirilli ran in three more tries after halftime, with the third coming off the back of a scrum on their own try line.
Piccirilli left the Bulls defenders in the dust and raced almost 100 metres downfield to bag a hat-trick and put his side up 30-0.
The Bulls scored two tries in quick succession through Kye Wright and Clay Sing but it was too little, too late.
Hjaltason scored the final try of the match – and his second for the afternoon – to secure a 36-10 win to leave the Dragons undefeated in 2022.
Tigers roar past Rams
Northern Tigers have defeated Western Rams 44-10 in the SLE Andrew Johns Cup at Billy Dunn Oval in Gulgong.
The Tigers got on the board just six minutes into the match after their left edge stripped the Rams for numbers and Ryan Jurkans crashed over. Oscar Atkin was able to add the extras and the Tigers led 6-0.
Arguably the best try of the match came in the 16th minute through Tigers backrower Dylan Keane who from 50 metres out beat several defenders before crashing over almost right in front and to extend the lead to 12-0.
An error from the Rams let the Tigers back into attacking field position and they were able to capitalise through centre Samuel Carr.
On the stroke of halftime, Rams fullback Bailey Peschka carried several defenders over the line, scoring his side’s first try to reduce the deficit to 22-4.
Second half tries to Dylan Keane, Jordan Hamlin and Campbell Munn gave the Tigers an insurmountable lead.
Although the Rams were able to score their second of the match through Harry Wald, who broke away off the back of a scrum play.
Tigers centre Oscar Atkin went over for his first try of the game, bringing his total points tally to 16 for the day and bringing the final score to 44-10.
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