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Around the Grounds: Womens Premiership, Harold Matthews Cup and SG Ball

In an action-filled day of Rugby League, the SG Ball came out victorious in their game against the Central Coast Roosters, while both the Harold Matthews and Womens Premiership team fell short.

Women Premiership: South Sydney Rabbitohs 4-20 North Sydney Bears at Ringrose Park

The Rabbitohs Womens team played their second trial today coming off a very convincing win last week. Under-strengthened, the Rabbitohs were missing Nakia Davis-Welsh and Jasmin Allende to Indigenous All Stars duties.

Despite being under pressure on their try line early, the South Sydney defence managed to repel the Bears' attack within the first five minutes.

After weathering the storm, a North Sydney mistake 20 metres out gifted South Sydney an opportunity to open the scoring, but the Bears' defence held strong and scores remained nil-all with 15 minutes left in the first half.

A few minutes later Norths opened the scoring and converted the try, and a penalty in the set after points gave the Bears an opportunity which extended their lead to 10-0.

The lead was lessened when Nellie Bell hit-back for the Rabbitohs' opening try, which left the half time score at 10-4 to the Bears.

The second half started similar to the opening of the game through strong South Sydney defence, but penalties released pressure on North Sydney, allowing them to get out of their own end fairly easily.

Both teams were guilty of handling errors with defence being the key stand-out throughout the middle period of the second half.

With 11 minutes remaining, Norths crossed taking the score to 14-4.

The Rabbitohs then put the kick-off out on the full gifting the Bears great field position.

The Bears went back-to-back again, scoring in the corresponding set while converting the goal to take the final score to 20-4.

SG Ball: South Sydney Rabbitohs 36-22 Central Coast Roosters and Morry Breen Oval (Round 3)

The SG Ball Rabbitohs kicked on from their impressive second half against the Bulldogs last week and registered their first win in the SG Ball Competition for 2020.

A strong opening stanza by the Rabbitohs saw them lead the Central Coast Bears 26-10 at half time.

Last minute call-up, Braydon Jang, had a debut to remember - scoring two tries while holding it down at Lock.

Etuate Laui was a stand-out performer in the front-row for coach Wayne Collins, who repelled everything the Central Coast pack threw at him despite being the host's key 'target man'.

Harold Matthews: South Sydney Rabbitohs 6-32 Central Coast Roosters and Morry Breen Oval (Round 3)

It was another tough day in the office for Gaven Sheehan's Harold Matthews' who came up against another physically-dominant side in the Central Coast Roosters.

Despite trailing 20-0 at half time, the Rabbitohs managed to claw back in the second half 12-6 with Hooker, Trent White burrowing over close to the line.

While Sheehan was forced to make several changes to the side this week he says "that's no excuse and we're still a bit off the pace."

Roosters back-rower, Egan Verheyen, had a particularly strong game running lines which caused the Rabbitohs' right edge headaches all game.

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