Roosters topple Magpies

Thirlmere have continued their climb into the Group 6 Rugby League Top Five after a 36-18 win over Picton in the Wollondilly Derby on Saturday night.

The Roosters came to play on “Old Boys Day” as they hosted their arch rivals in front of a vocal and large home crowd.

Picton prop Billy Carroll opened the scoring for the Roosters after eight minutes.

This was one of the few highlights for the Magpies and their visiting supporters had little to cheer about as the Roosters made light work of the Picton boys throughout the first half.

Thirlmere scored five tries over a 24-minute period, effectively putting the game to bed, with Newyear Patiole scoring the first after 13 minutes, giving Picton a 6-4 lead over the Roosters.

Centre Riley Nairn finished off one of the more remarkable tries for Thirlmere at 18 minutes, when a kick down the right edge saw the ball bobble around on the tryline before being forced down.

Hooker Dayne Craig, who spent time in a roving role, while working well with veteran forward Neddy Saleh, scored the next try for the home side, before returning centre Jordan Tongahai crossed to extend the score to 22-6, with 5 minutes left in the first half.

Replacement forward Andy Fiagatusa scored the final try of the first half to go into the break with a 28-6 Roosters lead.

Thirlmere fullback Blake Sutton crossed to extend the lead for the Roosters to 34-6 with 20 minutes remaining.

Picton winger Eric Everett scored with 16 minutes left, sparking a mini-revival for the Magpies, but the scoreboard still showed 34-10 against them.

Minutes later Magpies hooker Anthony Provost crossed, keeping their fightback alive at 34-16.

However, Thirlmere stiffened their defence to ensure no further points were conceded before the final siren.

Picton coach Michael Bullock has plenty of work to do before next Saturday’s Ron Kain Memorial Shield match against Campbelltown City at Campbelltown Stadium.