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The Roosters Jersey Flegg team sent a shockwave through defending Premiers the Roosters at North Sydney Oval on Friday night, dominating the first half in front of a healthy local crowd. From the beginning the Bears took control with forwards Brad Price, Jessie Mileto and Premier League experienced Pat Galea making a tirade of metres, allowing two exceptional tries to blossom off the Bears backline. The first a well oiled sweep of the field to right wing Ryan Wilson scoring in the corner. Then Bears five-eighth Reece Watson broke the Roosters line and sent through fullback Anthony Beare to score. With Reece converting Norths were 10-0 in the lead. However, a turning point came when a Bears scrum feed went astray as Roosters lock Grant Millington took advantage scoring a try and giving the Roosters a 6 pointer. The Bears then switched their attention from attack to defence barring the Roosters from scoring for the remainder of the half.
More good work from Reece Watson in the kick chase department but the Roosters fired back with two tries in the second half, as the match became a fiery affair with Bear's prop Blake McLean and the Rooster's James Shillington sent for 10 with 5 minutes on the clock. The final score 18-10 to the Roosters. Pictured: Paul Horan (ankle injury).
SYDNEY ROOSTERS 18 (Grant Millington 2, Shaun Foley tries; Casey Conway 3/3 goals) defeated NORTH SYDNEY BEARS 10 (Ryan Wilson, Anthony Beare tries; Reece Watson 1/2 goals) at North Sydney Oval; Friday, 22nd July, 2005; Referee: Robbie Bowen.
The Bears are next away to the Newcastle Knights at Energy Stadium on Saturday at 1:50 p.m