Late Roosters flurry seals victory over Eels Jersey Flegg
The Parramatta Eels Jersey Flegg side suffered a disappointing 42-16 defeat to the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium in Round 15 of the Jersey Flegg competition last week (Friday 15 June), suffering a handful of late tries in their eight try to three defeat.
After a dominant 42-6 victory over the Sharks last week, the young Blue & Gold would have been looking to continue on their winning ways, and after crossing through left centre Noel Aukafolau in the 10th minute of the clash, the Eels would have had plenty of confidence playing in front on the score board.
However the Roosters were quick to strike back as back rower Fletcher Baker crossed for two tries in a five minute period to put the home side ahead 12-6 after 20 minutes.
Left winger Taufa Afu crashed over out wide for an unconverted try in the 32nd minute of the clash, narrowing the gap, before no further points in the opening half saw the Eels trail 10-12 after the opening forty minutes.
Hard running young forward Stefano Utoikamanu continued his strong form with a try in the 49th minute of the clash to put the Eels in front by four points.
However from this point, the Roosters had al the momentum and points began to flow.
Tries to wingers Kenneth Koro (52nd) and Asu Kepaoa (59th) saw the home side extend their lead to beyond a converted try.
With the game still in the balance heading into the final ten minutes, a late flurry of points to the home side, thanks to four tries in a seven minute period saw the score blow out to the way of the Roosters.
Fullback McKenzie Baker crossing in the 70th minute, before Fletcher Baker crossed for his third of the afternoon just two minutes later. Daniel Stojanovski powered his way over the line in the 75th minute before halfback Lachlan Lam crossed in the 77th minute.
The Roosters claiming a 42-16 victory over the young Blue & Gold.
Parramatta Eels 16 (Tries: Noel Aukafolau, Taufa Afu, Stefano Utoikamanu; Goals: Todd Sapienza (2))
Sydney Roosters 42 (Tries: Fletcher Baker (3), Kenneth Koro, Asu Kepaoa, McKenzie Baker, Daniel Stojanovski, Lachlan Lam; Goals: Jackson Frei 5/8)