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Junior Reps Results Round Three

Round three of the Junior Reps Competitions kicked off at Mascot Oval this afternoon as the Rabbitohs Harold Matthews Cup and SG Ball Cup teams came up against the St-George Dragons. The Under 21 Jersey Flegg side also played in their first trial match of 2021 taking on the Roosters.

HAROLD MATTHEW CUP REVIEW

The Rabbitohs went down to the Dragons 34-12 in a high-scoring affair at Mascot Oval. While South Sydney got off to the perfect start leading 12 nil within the first 10 minutes of the game, Saints banded together and it was all one-way traffic after that.

Zane Lockwood crashed over within the first few sets of the game while Tyrone Munro proved his shift from the Centres to Fullback did not effect his ability to find the line, as he too scored moments after. Cooper McGrath slotted both conversion attempts.

While Saints only scored one try before the break, leaving Souths with a six-point lead at the break, they went on to score 28 unanswered points in the second half. A double to back-rower Nicholas Tsougranis and accurate goal-kicking by Lachlan Bird proved the catalysts to Saints' success.

"We had a really positive start leading 12 nil but probably pushed that last pass too much," said Rabbitohs Head of Elite Pathways and Player Development Joe O'Callaghan.

"Saints played really well and while the last 20 minutes of the game we had no bench due to injuries, I'm proud of how the boys held themselves."

SG BALL CUP REVIEW

Conversely the Rabbitohs SG Ball side had a big win over the Dragons defeating the Red V 38-6 taking them to outright second on the ladder.

"I was proud of how the boys withstood the early pressure and rewards came off the back of it," O'Callaghan said.

Byron Parnell had a barnstorming game in the back-row and was rewarded with the first try of the game. Skipper Dion Teaupa controlled the game beautifully in the halves and his goal-kicking was impressive kicking five goals from seven attempts during the match.

Due to South Sydney's dominant start, they had a commanding lead at the break with the score at 24-0. While Saints clawed back in the back-end of the match, Souths still won the second stanza 12-6.

Tallis Duncan has been a standout at Lock in the first few rounds and Romano Cook out of Dummy Half was very sharp providing great roll-on for his forwards. Both players were rewarded with tries of their own today.

"Collectively as a forward pack they covered really well without Davvy Moale who is playing an NRL Trial tonight in Griffith, so that was really pleasing to see."

Both sides host the Newcastle Knights at Redfern Oval next Saturday 27 February.

JERSEY FLEGG UNDER 21s TRIAL vs ROOSTERS

The Jersey Flegg side went down to the Roosters 24-8 in very hot conditions.

In the 80-minute game (broken up into quarters) the Rabbitohs mixed and matched the side in order to trial their 23 players selected.

Lathan Hutchinson-Walters impressed in the Centres in his first Rabbitohs game and Ben Lovett had a very solid game in the back row.

While there were good individual performances across the board, Souths let themselves down with their ball-handling, which invited the Roosters into the game in hot conditions.

"Tevita Taumoepenu was a shining light in the forwards coming off two very good stints, it's great to see for him at this time of year," O'Callaghan said.

The Jersey Flegg side play their second trial next Sunday 28 February against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval, 1pm.