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NYC Rd 19 Roosters 36 Souths 30

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have fallen to arch-rivals, the Sydney Roosters, in the Toyota Cup under 20s clash at Allianz Stadium, 36-30.
NYC Rd 19 Roosters 36 Souths 30
by NRL

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have fallen to arch-rivals, the Sydney Roosters, in the Toyota Cup under 20s clash at Allianz Stadium, 36-30.

The Rabbitohs were on fire early, scoring two tries in the first ten minutes to shoot out to a 12-nil lead.

A third minute try to second rower Brad Croad was followed six minutes later with a try to winger Aaron Gray, hooker Apisai Koroisau converting both to establish the handy lead.

The end-to-end football for the remainder of the half saw the Roosters gain the ascendency, running in four tries in 25 minutes to go into the break 24 points to 12 up.

South Sydney started the second half the same way they started the first, a long bust from prop Adrian Ha'angana setting up the field position for Luke Keary's 42nd minute try. Keary grubber kicked, bouncing the ball off the upright. The Roosters failed to ground the ball in-goal, leaving Keary to pounce for the four-pointer. Koroisau converted reducing the deficit to six early in the second stanza.

The Roosters scored tries in the 47th and 60th minutes through Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Jack Siejka, with one conversion to Chris Taripo extending the home side's lead to 34-18.

Koroisau began a late revival for the Rabbitohs, scoring two tries in the 66th and 68th minutes, converting both to bring the Rabbitohs within four points with ten minutes to go.

The Roosters sealed the win with a penalty goal to Taripo, finalising the scores at 36-30.

Sydney Roosters 36 (Rhys Martin, Joseph Forrester, Jack Noble, Kane Evans, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jack Siejka tries; Chris Taripo 6 goals)

defeated

South Sydney Rabbitohs 30 (Apisai Koroisau 2, Brad Croad, Aaron Gray, Luke Keary tries; Apisai Koroisau 5 goals)


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