VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Sydney Roosters Vs NZ Warriors, Allianz Stadium , 2013
Sunday 16 Jun 2013 7:44 p.m.
Hello and welcome to Allianz Stadium in Sydney for Round 14 NRL action – it's the Roosters hosting the Warriors.
The Warriors have been on a golden run of late registering three wins on the trot and looking for number four.
However they meet a Roosters side who sit third on the competition ladder and who are one of the favourites for this year's NRL.
All eyes will be on Kiwi sensation Sonny Bill Williams as he runs out for the home side, can the Warriors repel SBW tonight?
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Warriors 23 - 12 Roosters
80 MINS: Game over! The Warriors have four straight wins for the first time since 2011 and are knocking on the door of the top eight.
78 MINS: Johnson with the dagger, as he takes a droppie from out in front.
77 MINS: The Warriors trap the Roosters in their ingoal, and look to attack right away.
75 MINS: The Roosters are penalised, and Johnson is lining up a kick. If he makes it the Warriors have a 10pt lead, if he doesn't it's 8 - but either way he's taken about 2 minutes off the clock.
70 MINS: Kenny-Dowall tries to toe a ball through from the 5m mark, but Vatuvei traps it like a football player, scoops it up and runs almost the whole field to score his 111th career try! Mateo misses the conversion.
67 MINS: The Roosters are still entrenched in the Warriors' half, but the white line is solid as ever. No penalties, no points allowed. The Roosters have been tackled 19 times inside the Warriors' 20.
65 MINS: Kenny-Dowall looks to be in for a try, one man to beat after a beautiful pass by Williams, but Fisiiahi taps the footy as he blows by and it comes loose! Beautiful.
57 MINS: Fisiiahi grabs the ball off a Roosters kick on last tackle and sets off 90m for a runaway try! Conversion successful.
56 MINS: And they get all the way down to the Roosters' 22. Johnson's bomb goes up and Matulino comes up with it, but looks like it was knocked on by Nielsen. No try.
54 MINS: Taylor and Fisiiahi have a head clash as they tackle Maloney but both are ok. The Roosters put a kick up on 5th, but the Roosters knock it on. They've held the Roosters out after three sets of six right on their line, and now they get a chance to work it into the opposition half.
51 MINS: The Roosters are building the pressure, they've set up camp in the Warriors' half for several possessions.
46 MINS: But boom! The Warriors find a bit of a spark and get into the Roosters' half. Johnson puts a beauty of a kick into ingoal and Fisiiahi pounces on it. They'll check the grounding - it looks like he lost posession. The TMO agrees. No try.
42 MINS: Second half has started off like the end of the first. The Roosters are just out-muscling the Warriors.
40 MINS: Several risky desperation offloads on the Warriors' tryline but they've touched it and the Roosters have a reset tackle count... and Sonny Bill crashes over. Maloney makes the conversion to give the Roosters the lead.
39 MINS: Lowrie is penalised in the tackle and the Roosters have a shot at taking the lead - which would be a disappointment for the Warriors who have dominated this first half. Some hilarity as two balls are thrown onto the field for the penalty, then both thrown off - leaving no balls to play with!
35 MINS: Minichello makes amends though, taking a nice offload to the bank and turning it into 4 points. Conversion made.
33 MINS: Out of nowhere Sonny Bill makes a huge break and the Roosters have a massive number advantage. The final pass from Minichello for a wide-open pass drifts forward though - the Warriors were lucky to avoid conceding any points there.
25 MINS: Jennings intercepts a Warriors try and looks to be off to the races, but Shaun Johnson chases him for 80 meters and cuts him down. The Warriors defence holds firm and holds out the Roosters. But on 4th tackle the kick is charged down. Williams and Fisiiahi have a footrace, but Fisiiahi elbows him off the ball.
17 MINS: Try time! The Warriors are in again, Laumape shakes off his injury and dots down for a 4-pointer.
15 MINS: The Roosters are penalised again, and the Warriors are on the Roosters' 22. They work is into the 10 on 3rd tackle. Johnson puts in a very speculative grubber kick on 4th, Minichello loses his footing and the Warriors have a chance - but it's safely defended.
10 MINS: The Warriors defence holds and they get the ball after a Roosters' error. They cross the half on 4th and Hurrell is all over Minichello as he grabs the kick on 5th, pushing him about 15m and out the back of his own ingoal. Nothing eventuates and the Roosters get a break on 4th, they're attacking hard, but Laumape safely fields the kick on 5th. He's shaking his hand afterward though and might be injured.
7 MINS: The Warriors get another penalty and are on the attack in the Roosters' half again. Vatuvei loses it in a tackle and the Roosters get a reprieve. Mannering is penalised for a tackle infringement and the Roosters set up camp in the NZ half. Sonny Bill puts off a desperation offload which almost costs them possession but the Warriors are penalised again on 4th.
2 MINS: They capitalise almost immediately! Johnson gets an inside ball to Taylor who is unmarked and gets an easy try. Conversion successful.
0 MINS: Kickoff! The Warriors take the kick and work their first set to halfway before Johnson kicks it on 4th. The Roosters are working it back from their own 8m line. They get it 70m upfield before kicking on last. The Warriors have safe hands though and start smashing it back with their forwards. A penalty on 3rd around the 30m mark gives the Warriors some easy meters.
Anthony Minichiello (c), Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Luke O’Donnell, Jake Friend, Martin Kennedy, Mitchell Aubusson, Sonny Bill Williams, Boyd Cordner. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Aidan Guerra, Isaac Liu
New Zealand Warriors:
Kevin Locke, Glen Fisiiahi, Dane Nielsen, Konrad Hurrell, Manu Vatuvei, Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson, Sam Rapira, Nathan Friend, Russell Packer, Feleti Mateo, Simon Mannering (c), Elijah Taylor. Interchange: Ben Matulino, Jacob Lillyman, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Dominique Peyroux, Ngani Laumape, Suaia Matagi, Charlie Gubb (three to be omitted).
Pre match banter:
Bullocking Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell's try-scoring threat has always been evident.
But he also knows he has to tighten up his game when the opposition have the ball.
Hurrell will line up against the Sydney Roosters tonight in his third successive match since being recalled after a spell with the Auckland Vulcans.
His last two starts have produced three tries, making it six in nine matches this season.
There was a brace in the 56-18 defeat of Brisbane and then what turned out to be the decisive try in the 18-16 win over Manly.
But after defensive lapses against the Sea Eagles, Hurrell was pulled from the field five minutes from time as the Warriors clung on to their lead.
The 21-year-old admits he was disappointed at coming off early, but understood coach Matthew Elliott's decision.
"I wasn't happy, but at the same time it was a good thing for the team, because I was lacking on defence," he said.
"I need to work on that and hopefully it won't happen again."
Hurrell made a big impression in his debut season in 2012, finishing equal top in the club's try-scoring stakes with 12, 11 of them in a seven-match run.
He admits his form has been up-and-down this year, with errors hindering his game.
Apart from his defence, he's looking to improve his fitness and concentration.
"Sometimes I clock off and that's when they get the opportunities to score tries, like last week," he said.
"I was a bit slack, jogging back and not sprinting back. It's the small the stuff, the one per cent, that I need to work on."
There's no denying Hurrell's potency in attack, however, and he showed it again in powering past five Manly defenders to score the Warriors' go-ahead try in the 68th minute.
"There's always a good feeling in getting a try," he said.
"But if it wasn't for the hard work of the rest of the boys, I wouldn't have been there 10 metres from the try line."