Warriors enjoy tight NRL win over Roosters

NZ Newswire May 12, 2012, 9:45 pm

The Warriors' young brigade came to the fore as they beat the Sydney Roosters 30-26 in a physical, see-sawing NRL battle in Auckland on Saturday night.

Rookie centre Konrad Hurrell grabbed a double, as did young halfback Shaun Johnson, while Hurrell also added a game-high 205 metres with his 13 runs.

Johnson's second try put the Warriors in front for the final time before the club's leading tryscorer, winger Manu Vatuvei, ended a five-match drought with a try of his own.

However, the Warriors had to survive a nervous last three minutes after fullback Anthony Minichiello scored to help to close the gap to within a converted try and the Roosters searched desperately for the winner.

The result leapfrogged the Warriors, who led 12-10 at halftime, above the Roosters and into the top eight on points difference.

For the Roosters, halfback Mitchell Pearce did his NSW State of Origin chances no harm with his accurate kicking game and pass selection.

But they had bench forward Boyd Cordner put on a report after his shoulder made contact with the head of Warriors fullback Jerome Ropati seven minutes before halftime.

Ropati was carried off with a dislocated knee suffered in the tackle and took no further part in the game.

The Roosters, having spent much of the first quarter in their own territory, opened the scoring against the run of play with second-rower Aidan Guerra the creator.

Guerra make a break and then produced a deft grubber that resulted in a try for centre Joseph Leilua.

Two minutes later, Guerra turned try-scorer, after the Roosters took advantage of repeat possession when Ropati spilled a Pearce kick.

From there Hurrell took the spotlight, to the delight of the home fans in the 16,220 Mt Smart Stadium crowd.

His first try showed his blistering speed as he hit a gap and scampered 65 metres to the line.

His second demonstrated his strength, as he barged over in traffic.

Five-eighth James Maloney converted both, but opposite Braith Anasta landed a penalty to reduce the margin to 12-10 at halftime.

The second half ebbed and flowed as the lead changed repeatedly.

Teenage winger Tautau Moga got a try on debut with a sharp run down the sideline, before Johnson went through some weak defence to touch down.

Prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves replied by barging over by the posts.

However, Johnson showed his experience of having played Australian rules football by leaping high to grab a bomb and put the Warriors in front before the game's frenetic finale.

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  1. Stix09:40pm Sunday 13th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    What an awesome game the warriors had. Hurrell's the man. If they keep this up they can make the top 8 for sure.

  2. Kiwi10:02am Sunday 13th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    I see that these comments on here are all about each other slinging shyt at each other and not to much about the game. I think that's why they stopped the comments on other news items. Hey myself as well just as much to blame. Have to learn sometime. K1w1.

  3. Garbo09:30am Sunday 13th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Great win by the Warriors great watching a blue collar sport speaking of blues I know what I would rather watch wether I was dumb or brainy rich or poor but one thing why is it when listening to Dale Husbands commentary I feel like I am listening to Ancestors .Com I know where Johnson was born ethinic background etc dont care just talk about his football

  4. Thomas09:05am Sunday 13th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    that useless pri.. ropati almost won the game for the roosters AGAIN get rid of him !!!!

  5. 08:36am Sunday 13th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Whats wrong with a win? An exciting "spectator" event, plenty of variation , drama, biff you name it......woudnt be a referee for anything , they must have nightmares over some of the decisions they makewhen they see them on tape later! Go the Warriors!

  6. Sam08:34am Sunday 13th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    I'm with you Stephen , those dumass warriors should crawl back under there coconut trees and continue t t heir laid back atitude towards life,pretty much what the do on the field.

  7. Calvin08:33am Sunday 13th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    crawl back to your cage stephen, the monkeys are missing you, great win by our boys last night and top 8 here we come, bring it on !!!

  8. Bif08:07am Sunday 13th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    no one wants to read your crap "STEPHENIE"

  9. Lisa07:44am Sunday 13th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    It was a fantastic game...Shaun Johnson is da man...well done to the Warriors :)

  10. Peter07:29am Sunday 13th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    i thought Packer had a great game, tackled hard all night and carried the ball well for a change,




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