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Round 2 - Saturday 16th March @ 07:30pm
14
L: 15
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Round 2 - Saturday 16th March @ 07:30pm
WARRIORS vs. ROOSTERS
Eden Park
16
L: 12
H-T: 0
14
#NRLSOUCSH
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CROWD: 32740
H-T: 4
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FULLTIME and the Roosters have clung to a two point lead to pick up their first points of the season. 16-14 in their favour as the Warriors go 0/3 at Eden since moving their season opener there in 2011.

Sydney Roosters 16-14

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Tense moments as the Roosters knock it into touch but the referee gives the Roosters the scrum feed. Upon video review the ball is instead given to the Warriors.

Sydney Roosters 16-14

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Warriors find touch off Johnson's boot just short of the Roosters 10m line. They rush to pack the scrum. Roosters feed with just over three remaining.

Sydney Roosters 16-14

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TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Bill Tupou. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson unsuccessful.
Johnson stabs the ball through the line, a well placed grubber and it bamboozles the Roosters backs... Tupou pounces! Johnson with a conversion from near the touchline... and it's... terrible. Nowhere near the posts. Oh dear.
Sydney Roosters 16-14

Sydney Roosters 16-14

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The frenetic pace of this one has calmed a little for now, but the Warriors are still desperate for the win. A penalty will see them start a set from just inside the Roosters' half.

Sydney Roosters 16-10

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VIDEO REFEREE for a possible Roosters try to Michael Jennings. He's burst away down-field, referee Klein is ruling no try based on his touch judge's call. No suitable evidence to turn the referees finding over, so it remains NO TRY.

Sydney Roosters 16-10

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Minichiello under a heap of pressure with a bomb but he takes it like the seasoned veteran he is.

Sydney Roosters 16-10

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NO TRY as indicated. Warriors get a 20 metre restart.

Sydney Roosters 16-10

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VIDEO REFEREE for a possible Roosters try, it's been ruled no try by Ashley Klein. It appears to be a Roosters knock-on.

Sydney Roosters 16-10

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Warriors with good hands to the right and suddenly it's lost and Jennings has it - sprints 30 metres. Now a penalty for the Roosters a few tackles later, too much niggle from the Warriors defence.

Sydney Roosters 16-10

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A penalty now for the Warriors on halfway late in the count. Momentum completely with the home side now.

Sydney Roosters 16-10

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TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Pita Godinet. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.
The Warriors earn repeat sets near the Roosters line and it's Pita Godinet who takes advantage, pushing his way over to close the gap further. Johnson's attempt this time is good. Six the difference with twenty remaining.
Sydney Roosters 16-10

Sydney Roosters 16-10

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TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Shaun Johnson. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson unsuccessful.
A Roosters' fumble sees the Warriors scoop it up, the ball goes to Shaun Johnson and he sprints 80 metres to score. He fails to convert, hitting the post.
Sydney Roosters 16-4

Sydney Roosters 16-4

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TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Shaun Kenny-Dowall. Conversion attempt by James Maloney unsuccessful.
Far too easy! SKD makes it look simple as he brushes past a few to get over the line. Early second half dominance from the Roosters. Maloney misses.
Sydney Roosters 16-0

Sydney Roosters 16-0

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CROWD: 32,740 at Eden Park, Auckland.

Sydney Roosters 12-0

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TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Mitchell Aubusson. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Too easy to start the half for the Roosters, Mitchell Aubusson finds a gap in the line and dives over. Maloney's extras extend the visitors' lead to twelve points.
Sydney Roosters 12-0

Sydney Roosters 12-0

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Second half underway and Konrad Hurrell's already given away a penalty on tackle one. Roosters awarded it, and they start their attack just inside the opposition half.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

HALFTIME and this gritty match is just tipped in the Roosters favour. Both sides with plenty of opportunities but none have been taken, and solid defence has been a feature for both teams.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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Another error, this time the Roosters spill it on the attack. Warriors scrum.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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All the Roosters again now, a penalty following a strip then leads to a line drop-out. Good chance for the visitors to extend their lead in the shadows of halftime.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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The Warriors with their most threatening attack yet - it finishes with a crossfield kick which Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall fields, but not in goal so he runs 20m upfield before being noticed by the Warriors defenders.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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The Warriors survive the next Roosters onslaught and earn another penalty coming out of their own end. Time for more attack for the Warriors... until Mannering makes his third unforced error of the night. Roosters ball.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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Sorry sight for the Warriors, Mannering with a simple poor play-the-ball handing the Roosters the ball back near halfway.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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Some great sliding defence from the Roosters stops the Warriors scoring in the corner. Ball into touch, Roosters scrum.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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Anthony Minichiello forced to chest the ball dead off a Johnson grubber. Roosters dropout, more attacking footy for the hosts.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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Now a penalty for the Warriors... another chance for points perhaps?

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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The Roosters move the ball wide to the left early in the tackle count, but a forward pass has been spotted just as Michael Jennings looked ready to sprint 60 metres to score.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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Feleti Mateo has given up a PENALTY to the Roosters for obstructing a defender.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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The attack from the Warriors this set has been far too much left-to-right and not enough at the line. Eventually the ball goes to ground and it's a Roosters scrum on their own 10m line. Time off for a few moments as Mitchell Pearce has some blood cleaned up on his face.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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40/20 NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Shaun Johnson kicks a 40/20.
He's nailed it... and only just! Warriors halfback Johnson has nailed a vital kick to put the home side in an attacking position.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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Good ball movement gives way to poor handling as Thomas Leuluai feeds captain Simon Mannering a ball he can't handle. Roosters scrum on their own 10m.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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Warriors with their first penalty of the night. A chance for them to attack now with the set starting on halfway.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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Maloney's next attempt to grubber behind the line goes dead unassisted, 20m restart... nope, PENALTY Roosters. Konrad Hurrell's given Sonny Bill Williams a bit of a shove trying to delay the restart. NOPE... the Warriors penalty kick doesn't find touch... Roosters ball. Crazy game of rugby league so far!

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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Neat little kick through on the last from Mitchell Pearce forced Bill Tupou to put it dead with Shaun Kenny-Dowall racing through. Drop-out now and more pressure on the Warriors defence.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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A penalty early in the count against the Warriors sees the Roosters advance into the host's half.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Anthony Minichiello. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Great start for the Roosters with Michael Jennings breaking away down the touchline. Several passes later Minichiello trips the light fantastic and finds himself crossing in the corner. Maloney with a perfect sideline conversion.
Sydney Roosters 6-0

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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VIDEO REFEREE for a Sydney Roosters try to veteran fullback and captain Minichiello. Checking whether his foot has gone out as he pirouettes down the touchline.

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A huge kick down the park from the Warriors is tediously watched over the dead ball line from Anthony Minichiello.

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Solid sets from both sides to start the match. Both teams reaching near or just past halfway with each of their sets before testing opposition fullbacks with high balls.

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KICKOFF and we're underway. Warriors with the ball first up.

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Teams going through their final talks before trotting out onto the field. Sweeping rain, very wet conditions greeting the sides. Roosters in their white away strip, Warriors in their black home strip.

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TEAM CHANGES: The Warriors are 1-17, while the Roosters lose Aidan Guerra. Boyd Cordner steps into the second row in his place, while Dylan Napa is the man left out.

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Kickoff isn't far away at Auckland's Eden Park where the Warriors and Roosters are set to go head-to-head, with both sides looking to wipe away the disappointment of opening round losses. Plenty of bums on seats here to see visiting second-rower Sonny Bill Williams too.

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Referees: Ashley Klein, Phil Haines

Touch Judges: Adam Reid, Shane Rehm

Video Referee: Paul Mellor, Luke Patten

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (14)
Tries: Shaun Johnson, Pita Godinet, Bill Tupou
Field Goals:
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (1/3)
Penalty Goals:

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (16)
Tries: Anthony Minichiello, Mitchell Aubusson, Shaun Kenny-Dowall
Field Goals:
Conversions: James Maloney (2/3)
Penalty Goals:



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