The Canberra Raiders’ junior representative sides all endured tough days in Sydney on Saturday, with all three outfits going down to the Parramatta Eels in Round 4.
SG Ball Cup
Parramatta 48 (M Doorey 4, H Wichmann 1, E Parry 1, L V Tapaatoutai 1, A Seve 1, U Lea’Aetoa 1 tries; K Schneider 3, Doorey 1 goals) def Canberra 8 (A Ngahe 1, D Spencer 1 tries)
Parramatta was at its rampant best against the Raiders, opening the floodgates as second-row Matthew Doorey crossed for four tries.
Coach Adam Kyle said the side is on a steep learning curve.
“At this stage we are still looking at building our best combinations,” Kyle said.
“We have a really young side this year and as such lots of learning still be done. We just need to keep on training hard and trying to execute our plans on game day.”
Harold Matthews Cup
Parramatta 26 (V Penisini 1, C Wihongi 1, J Stewart 1, B Biondi-Odi 1, T Masima 1 tries; Biondo-Odo 3 goals) def Canberra 6 (W Hills 1 try; J Tupou 1 goal)
After trouncing the Dragons 36-10 last week, the Raiders were on the receiving end of a strident Parramatta performance on the weekend, losing 26-6.
Tarsha Gale Cup
Parramatta 18 (A Masima 1, S Bent 1, P Ruwhiu 1, M Hooymans 1; B Starr 1 goal) def Canberra 16 (H Machell 1, Z Podmore 1, H Deaton 1, N Ngan-Woo 1)
The Raiders’ Tarsha Gale Cup outfit forged the closest encounter of the trip, losing narrowly to the hosts 18-16. It was the side’s second two-point loss from its last two outings.