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Junior Reps Wrap Round Seven

All three junior representative teams recorded victories over the weekend at Raiders Belconnen against the Sharks, with the SG Ball side remaining undefeated and the Tarsha Gale side fighting for finals.

SG Ball Cup

The Raiders SG Ball side remain on top of the ladder after securing a 30-22 victory over the Sharks on Saturday at Raiders Belconnen.

It was an entertaining match, with the Raiders running in five tries while the Sharks scored four. But it was Samuel Gash behind the tee that gave the Raiders the advantage, making four conversions and scoring a try himself.

The Raiders took control early with centre Atini Tuialii getting on the board early, scoring in the third minute as the side took a 6-0 lead after a successful Gash conversion.

It was a back-and-forth battle as the Sharks hit back early, scoring in the eight minute, and Owen Hromow scoring the Raiders’ second try in the 12th minute.

Raiders hooker Owen Pattie capped off an excellent first half for the Raiders, completing his double in the 34th minute and giving the Raiders 24-10 lead at the break.

The Sharks tried to bounce back in the second half, scoring early after the break, but his momentum shift was quickly shut down as Gash scored in the 49th minute.

The Sharks tried to bounce back but it was too late, scoring their final try in the 65th to be defeated by the Raiders, 30-22.  

The Raiders take on the Steelers next Saturday in Shellharbour where they will be looking to make it eight wins in a row.

Harold Matthews Cup

The Raiders Harold Matthews side recorded an important 26-22 victory over the Sharks on Saturday, as they currently sit in third on the ladder.

The Raiders took control of the game early, running in three unanswered tries to gain a 16-0 lead by the 15th minute.

The Sharks returned the favour with a complete momentum shift, also running in three unanswered tries to level the score at 16-all in the 28th minute.

It was Patrick Dawson who stepped up to return the lead to the Raiders, crossing the line once again to complete his double in the 42nd minute.

Raiders second rower Samuel Griffin later crashed over the line with Darmody making the conversion to give the Raiders a 26-16 lead.

The Sharks went on to score another try, but it was too late as the Raiders took the victory, defeating the Sharks 26-22.

Tarsha Gale Cup

The Raiders Tarsha Gale side got an important 22-6 victory over the Sharks on Saturday, as they fight to secure their finals spot heading into the back end of the season.

The Tarsha Gale side were sitting in seventh on the ladder heading into Saturday’s fixture, with their win over the Sharks moving them up into fifth spot with just two games remaining in the regular season.

The Raiders came out firing on Saturday, dominating the entire game with their classy attack and tight defence.

The Raiders scored first, running in back-to-back tries to give themselves a 10-0 lead by the 16th minute.

Mya McGlynn later converted a penalty kick to give the Raiders a 12-0 heading into the break.

Much like the first half, the Raiders continued to have control over the game with Lara Cosgrove scoring in the 44th minute.

Raiders fullback and captain Georgia Willey completed her double after scoring her second in the 48th minute to further the Raiders lead to 22-0.

The Sharks later scored a consolation try in the 51st minute.

The Raiders locked in a comfortable 22-6 win over the Sharks and will look to carry this momentum into next round against the Steelers. 

Photo by Trisha Sullivan

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