Canterbury claim Capital Clash over Warriors
The New Zealand Warriors have blown another second half lead as the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs surged home with three second half tries to win, 24-16 at Westpac Stadium in front of a healthy 30,112.
The Warriors looked strong and dominated early with three tries in the first 30 minutes. The first posted after only five minutes as 'The Beast', Manu Vatuvei crossed thanks to a strong run and pass from his fullback in Glen Fisiiahi.
The second four-pointer was claimed by Thomas Leulai, who scored his first try since returning to the Auckland based club. Prop forward, Russell Packer laid the foundation with a strong run and offload at the line.
'The Beast' in action again, this time for the final Warriors try of the first half, his floating pass saw Glen Fisiiahi bolt away to score under the uprights. After 30 minutes the Warriors lead the Bulldogs 16-0.
It took 36 minutes, but the Bulldogs found their groove as Michael Ennis crossed for the first Blue and White points. Trent Hodkinson and Frank Pritchard created the play as the Bulldogs spread the ball right to left across the field.
At half time in the Capital Clash, the Warriors looked the goods as they lead 16-6.
The second half saw the Bulldogs fire and rampage over the Warriors pack. Ben Barba on display with his quick hands leading to Sam Perrett diving over in the corner untouched by the Warriors defence. 10 minutes until the second half, Warriors lead 16-12.
The Bulldogs sealed the victory with two late second half tries inside the final four minutes. Ben Barba, named the LeagueUnlimited.com match of the man, created his own four-pointer with a show and go of the Steeden as he charged through the defence. The video refereed called into review, but no issues with the possible obstruction.
Josh Reynolds posted the final points with a solo 60 metre dash as he picked up a shocking pass from Feleti Mateo to race away untouched. The Bulldogs secured the victory with the try, as they ran away winners, 24-16.
An honourable mention to Trent Hodkinson whose kicking game has been pin-point since returning to the side.
New Zealand Warriors 16 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24
Venue: Wellington Stadium
Halftime Score: New Zealand Warriors 16-6
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Ben Barba
2 points - Josh Morris
1 point - James Graham
NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (16)
Tries: Manu Vatuvei, Thomas Leuluai, Glen Fisiiahi
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (2/3)
CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (24)
Tries: Michael Ennis, Sam Perrett, Ben Barba, Josh Reynolds
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (4/4)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
We are UNDERWAY at Westpac Stadium with the Bulldogs kicking off to give the Warriors first use
Good opening sets from both sides, end to end stuff so far. Ben Barba
with the ball on his 10 metre line, got it away to Mitch Brown
who starts the Bulldogs second set deep on their own half
3 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS Frank Pritchard
makes an unforced error.Frank Pritchard
comes up with a mistake as the Bulldogs attempted to shift the ball to the left. Warriors with possession on the zero tackle
5 min: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Manu Vatuvei
. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson
comes up with first points has backed up support off a great line break and run from Glenn Fisiiahi. Warriors make the Bulldogs pay for the mistake at the other end of the field. Shaun Johnson
with the conversion attempt fails to extend the lead from the left touchlineNew Zealand Warriors
Penalty to the Bulldogs against the Warriors for a hand in the ruck after the held call. Greg Eastwood
earning the penalty as he attempted a quick play of the ball. Michael Ennis
takes the quick tap 30 metres out from the Warriors goal line
ZERO tackle for the Bulldogs despite a juggle of the ball from Frank Pritchard
On the first tackle Josh Reynolds
attacked the line with a short grubber but it's off the Warriors, the tackle count restarts again as the Bulldogs attack 10 metres out
Great goal line defence from the Warriors as the Bulldogs were unable to crack for points. Trent Hodkinson
's kick on the last tackle is allowed to roll dead, 20 metre restart for the Warriors.
Penalty to the Warriors against the Bulldogs for jumping early, Warriors kick up field and attack 30 metres out from the line
12 min: Todd Lowrie
is caught on the last tackle without result, but good runs from Shaun Johnson
and Mateo in the set. Some danger signs from both teams so far
12 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS Greg Eastwood
makes an unforced error.Greg Eastwood
gives up possession in a big tackle, Ben Henry
dives on the ball and the Warriors have the tackle count restarted at zero. Attacking just short of the halfway line.
Penalty to the Warriors against Krisnan Inu
, Warriors push up with the crowd chanting them on as they attack 20 metres out
14 min: Greg Eastwood
with a diving knock flick of the ball over the dead ball line as Shaun Johnson
looked to set up a try off a short grubber kick to the corner. Line drop out for the Warriors, it goes 40 metres off the kick off Ben Barba
Third penalty in five minutes for the Warriors, pressure on the Canterbury side, attacking 10 metres out
21 min: Josh Reynolds
has been penalised for holding down in the ruck. Warriors attacking 40 metres away from the Bulldogs try line
A mistake from the Warriors and on the turn over a penalty awarded to the Bulldogs, possession with Canterbury as they attack 40 metres from the Warriors goal line
Bulldogs spread the ball wide to the left and Josh Morris
is unable to remain in the field of play as the Warriors defence slide him over the touchline. Scrum feed to the Warriors, 10 metres
23 min: Josh Morris
decides to run the ball on the last tackle, he kicked ahead for himself but the ball is collected at the back by Glen Fisiiahi
. No result for the Bulldogs.
Mistake from the Warriors hands over possession to the Bulldogs with a scrum feed 40 metres away from the Warriors goal line
26 min: Josh Morris
darted over the goal line but the Warriors scramble and hold him up on the 4th tackle.
Tremendous goal line pressure from the Bulldogs, Warriors cleaned up the loose ball on the last tackle by the Bulldogs defence force a line drop out
The Bulldogs try a last ditch effort on the last tackle, Ben Barba
with a quick grubber through the line, but Fisiiahi dives on the ball shy of the goal line
Another penalty to the Warriors, a free help out of the red zone
33 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS Todd Lowrie
makes an unforced error.Todd Lowrie
comes up with a mistake in the tackle as he went to ground. Scrum feed to the Bulldogs 35 metres out from the Warriors goal line
ZERO tackle for the Bulldogs as the kick on the last is played at by the Warriors, Bulldogs attack on the goal line with a full set
38 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS Frank Pritchard
makes an unforced error.Frank Pritchard
charged into the Warriors goal line defence as Michael Ennis
threw the cut out pass to him. Scrum feed packs for the Warriors on their own 10 metre line
The Bulldogs push the pass on the last play of the half but nothing comes off it. HALF TIME at Westpac Stadium, Warriors lead the Bulldogs 16-6
Second half is UNDERWAY with the Warriors kicking off
41 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS Frank Pritchard
makes an unforced error.Sam Kasiano
attempted to push the play with a short pass to Frank Pritchard
, Frank was unable to hold the ball and take the pass. Scrum feed to the Warriors deep in their own half
Line drop out for Bulldogs as the pressure mounts on the Warriors.
Bulldogs get a penalty and attack 40 metres way from the Warriors goal line
54 min: Tony Williams
jumped for the ball off the kick on the last tackle but somehow Manu Vatuvei
got the last touch before going dead. Line drop out for the Bulldogs
55 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS Frank Pritchard
makes an unforced error.Frank Pritchard
tried to play the ball too quickly and it's dropped in the ruck. Scrum feed for the Warriors on their own 20 metre line
Penalty to the Warriors against Tony Williams
, being offside at the play of the ball and he made a tackle
Penalty to the Warriors for a strip in the ruck against the Bulldogs. Shaun Johnson
kicks for touch and the Warriors attack 10 metres from the goal line
Penalty to the Bulldogs, kick for touch and the Bulldogs attack 35 metres away from the goal
63 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS Josh Morris
makes an unforced error.
The Bulldogs spreading it wide again, this time to the right but Josh Morris
on the 4th tackle charged through the defence and dropped the ball
67 min: Thomas Leuluai
with a quick grubber through the line for Manu Vatuvei
but it bounces over his head. Scrum feed backs with the ball going over the sideline, Bulldogs with possession 20 metres away from their own line
Penalty to the Bulldogs for offside against the Warriors, Trent Hodkinson
kicks for touch. Bulldogs start their set on halfway
Time off here with Glen Fisiiahi
down after being cleaned up by Michael Ennis
, but the replay shows a falcon on the head of Ennis
VIDEO REFEREE for the Bulldogs, Ben Barba
has scored. We are looking at obstruction
FULL TIME at Westpac Stadium sees the Bulldogs fight back from behind to win 24-16 over the Warriors