In the magic round thriller Roosters steals the walker show as Eels over power

Sam Walker won the battle of the halfback, made a spectacular personal effort and led the Ropees to a 31-24 victory over Paramatman in the magic round of the rosters on Sunday afternoon.

Mitchell Moses met Walker at every step, who also made a great single effort and made a few more for him.

In the end, Paramount failed to make the most of their field position and possession advantage, with the Roosters goalline defense, which has been questioned many times this season, regaining its former glory to ensure victory.

Walker will get the title with his show-stealing performance from the halfback, but Joseph Swallow enjoyed coming out to the party in the wing, probably scoring his best game twice in the top grade and running about 150 meters.

The old guards were in it too: set the tone with an impressive display in the middle, especially with Jared Weria-Hargreaves and Ciosiha Taukiaho in the middle.

Paramatman may be disappointed that they did not get the result in the end. They’ve done things that usually lead to victory – to fill the high, to kick long and to win the battle of possession – but they’ve probably failed to find the bitterness they found in other events this year.

Brad Arthur may also think that scoring 24 points against the Roosters and not winning will tell their own story of where their weaknesses are found.

The roosters started promisingly. They may have gotten better through Paul Momirovsky, but for a great tackle by Clint Gutherson. It doesn’t matter: an attempt from Reed Mahoney to open the scoring Jared Wearea-Hargreaves was able to step up, dummy and cut the tackle.

The big guys keep trying, Mitchell Moses splits the line straight in the middle and sends Isiah Papali’i straight back to the bottom of the post.

No pretense of a humiliation, however, is quickly abandoned. Gutherson made an ineffective error from a kick to try James Tedesco to prove, Tom kept himself in the bin for ten minutes before blocking the fullback of the Opusic roosters.

Sam Walker did not waste the advantage. He took the penalty goal before making a classic chip and chased for himself to increase the lead to 20-6.

Parra was not out of it. They piled on pressure, finishing half of the 58% area and with 28 tackles in the Roosters’ 20m area, but could not cross the strip. Bailey Simmonsen came closest, but his efforts were repulsed for a dual movement.

Half ended with two drops: Moses, saying goodbye to the last tackle, fluffed his lines and at the other end, Walker underlined his own personal performance to take the score to 21-6 with a field goal.

It’s going so well for all Chooks. Even if they miss, as Joey Manu flicks a pass from Cityley Tupunuiar, Joseph Swalli dribbles the ball untouched to score.

The fightback came, and it was all inspired by Mitchell Moses. At first, the halfback left Papali’s eye with a gap to hit, then he made an important personal effort to bring it closer.

The halfback kicked off the floor for himself, hacked around James Tedesco and went down for one of the best personal attempts of the year.

Moses also runs his heated hand for a captain’s challenge, flips a knock on the call and gives his team a field position from which Ryan Matterson can score below the post.

The roosters needed to shoot again, and again, this was Swallow. Luke Kerry’s kick was exactly where it should have been, but the way the winger dominated Hayes Perham in the air was spectacular.

Chuks kept the pressure on and Sam Walker’s penalty went wide of the converted goal.

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