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Around the Grounds: Round 2

As the rain poured down across Sydney over the weekend, several games were called off due to the weather conditions, while only the NRL and reserve grade matches went ahead.

The two sides featured at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Sunday in the club’s first home game of the season, but the teams weren’t able to record victories.

NRL Telstra Premiership

Wests Tigers will have to wait another week to have a shot at their first win of the season after going down to the Sydney Roosters on Sunday.

The home side were looking to celebrate halfback Luke Brooks’ 150th NRL game, but suffered a 40-6 loss on a wet day at Campbelltown.

Hooker Jacob Liddle scored his second try in as many weeks when he crossed in the opening 40 minutes, but they weren’t able to find the line again throughout the afternoon.

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Roosters winger Brett Morris scored a hat-trick for the away side, while fullback James Tedesco crossed twice against his former club.

Coach Michael Maguire shared his disappointment following the match and placed the onus on his players to improve ahead of their Round 3 clash against the Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium.

“We’re all accountable for what we do and as a team, we need to fix that ... it was very disappointing," Maguire said.

“The players know what they need to do, so it’s up to the individuals to do so. They’re the ones that keep moving forward.”

“We’re definitely not happy with that scoreline at all. It’s not acceptable for us as a club. We’re the ones to fix that.”

Sydney Roosters 40 (B.Morris 3, Tedesco 2, Tupouniua, Baker tries; Taukeiaho 4/5, Tedesco 2/2 goals) def. Wests Tigers 6 (Liddle tries; Doueihi 1/1 goal)

Knock-On Effect NSW Cup

In soggy conditions at Campbelltown Sports Stadium following the NRL clash, Western Suburbs Magpies battled bravely but went down 24-16 to the North Sydney Bears in their Round 2 Knock-On Effect NSW Cup clash.

Young dummy-half Jake Simpkin was again impressive as he scored a brace before having a try assist disallowed in the second half, while also doing a mountain of work in defence.

Flying winger Allan Fitzgibbon scored late in the clash but the Bears were too strong for the Magpies on a wet night in Campbelltown.

Western Suburbs will feature as the curtain-raiser to the NRL clash against the Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.

North Sydney Bears 24 (Ikuvalu, Edwards, Thomas, Hau Tapuha tries; Walker 4/5 goals) def. Western Suburbs Magpies 16 (Simpkin 2, Fitzgibbon tries; Madden 2/3 goals)

Jersey Flegg

Wests Tigers are yet to play a game in the U/21’s this season after the side had the bye in Round 1 and then had their Round 2 clash against the Sydney Roosters postponed due to inclement weather.

Wayne Lambkin’s men were meant to play at TG Millner Field on Sunday afternoon, however the match will be rescheduled for later in the season.  

They’ll now turn their attention to their first game of the season against Victoria Thunderbolts at Casey Fields in Melbourne on Saturday.

Press Conference: NRL Round 2

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Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership

Wests Tigers were high on confidence following their 54-4 won over Cabramatta in Round 1 and would’ve liked to have kept their momentum rolling, however their Round 2 clash against North Sydney was called off due to wet weather across Sydney.

Neil Stanley’s side were set to play at TG Millner Field on Sunday morning, but conditions weren’t suitable to play at the ground.

They’ll have to wait an extra week to return to play with the side having the bye in Round 3 before their clash against Helensburgh Tigers the following weekend.