3 days ago
Coach Ivan Cleary was encouraged by the quality of the Vodafone Warriors' effort as they opened their 2010 NRL trials programme with a 26-8 win over the Sydney Roosters at the Rotorua International Stadium today.
"It was typical of a first hit-out of the season but there were plenty of things to be pleased about," he said.
"Some of our young players really impressed and I thought we controlled the game well in the second half after a bit of a scratchy period in the second quarter.
"Brett Seymour was very good with his all-round game and the way he organised the side."
Seymour wasn't just having his first game for his new club but his first outing in more than eight months.
As well as that the former Brisbane and Cronulla half was handed the captaincy on debut and looked accomplished in all he did in the 55 minutes he had on the field.
After winger Kevin Locke climbed to snaffle a James Maloney bomb for the opening try in the ninth minute, the Vodafone Warriors conceded two tries in the second quarter to trail 4-8 with halftime in sight.
But in the dying seconds, dummy half Aaron Heremaia sniped not once but twice from dummy half and speared through for a try that took his side to a 10-8 lead on the back of Seymour