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The game began in relative drama when the NRL's most senior referee Shayne Hayne was ruled out of the match after injuring his hamstring during the warm-up, this meant that the assist referee David Munro a veteran of just 27 NRL games had to take the senior role with Chris Sutton who has yet to take an NRL game was required to back up after just refereeing the earlier Holden Cup match.
As if the drama wasn't enough, the opening points of the game in just the fifth minute when the Roosters were awarded a Penalty Try, after video referees Steve Clark and Luke Patten had ruled that Thomas Leuluai had illegally dislodged the ball from the grasp of Aiden Guerra who was in the process of scoring by using his feet.
Despite having dominance of the game in the early stages, the Warriors could only come up with the one try and that came through Sam Tomkins who was in the right spot to clean up the tap back and score and after the conversion the scores were level.
The Roosters then made the Warriors pay for not capitalising on back to back penalties and a repeat set when the Roosters replied with their own 80m set before Michael Jennings had too much footwork from close range off the back of a penalty.
The Roosters came back with one more try in the first half when Shaun Kenny-Dowall scored in the repeat set after Sam Tomkins lost the ball, after the conversion the Roosters took a 16-6 to the break.
The second half was a good one for the Roosters with tries seemingly coming at will with the first coming after just one minute of the second half when Anthony Minichello was on the receiving end of a James Maloney burst and pass
Sam Moa crossed for his fifth try of the season before minutes later things got worse for the Warriors when Sebastine Ikahihifo was sent to the sin bin for what the touch judge called "a very late and very deliberate flop" right on his own try line.
Luckily for the Warriors, 12 man period only ended in one try for the Roosters and that came through Isaac Liu who burst his way towards and through the Warriors defensive line to get his try of the afternoon.
The Warriors hit back with just a few minutes to go when Ngani Laumape was able to hold the ball and score in the corner to bring the score back to 40-12.
When most thought the scoring was done, a ever so regular Warriors error gave Michael Jennings a double when the Roosters went from right to left to score and after James Maloney converted it was a 46-12 scoreline.
Next weekend, things get a slightly bit easier for the Warriors who take on the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium next Sunday, meanwhile the Sydney Roosters have another must win match if they want to keep their minor premiership hopes alive when they take on the Melbourne Storm at Allianz Stadium.
TEAM CHANGES: Chad Townsend is OUT of the Warriors side today, he will be replaced at 5/8 by Thomas Leuluai who moves from hooker, Nathan Friend starts in jersey 17, Jayson Bukuya comes onto the bench
TEAM CHANGES: 2 Big returns for the Roosters, SBW returns and will start from the bench in jersey 18, Jake Friend also returns and starts at hooker in jersey 22, Mitch Aubusson goes back to the bench with Remi Casty & Kane Evans dropping out of the team
1: Play underway at Mt Smart Stadium - Warriors have first possession
4: VIDEO REFEREE: Aiden Guerra with a possible try - Dave Munro says TRY, checking Grounding
14: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Anthony Minichiello makes an unforced error.
Shaun Johnson puts the ball into out of space before Anthony Minichello drops the bomb, the Warriors have the scrum 30m out
16: PENALTY ROOSTERS: Warriors penalised for being too slow in the ruck according to Dave Munro
18: PENALTY WARRIORS: Another penalty to the Warriors after James Maloney threw the Warriors player to the ground after held was called
18: PENALTY WARRIORS: Back to back penalties to the home side after JWH was ruled to have stripped the ball
20: PENALTY ROOSTERS: Nathan Friend is penalised for spinning around on the tackled player
24: If you missed the earlier news, our main referee Shayne Hayne is OUT, injured his hamstring in the warm-up, Dave Munro moves from assist ref to senior ref and U20's ref Chris Sutton is now the assist ref
25: Well that was a rubbish finish to the set - Warriors get the tap back off the bomb but Sebastine Ikahihifo just falls to the ground with it
25: PENALTY ROOSTERS: Jayson Bukuya penalised for not leaving the ruck quick enough
32: Good set from the Warriors - Shaun Johnson finds touch 20m out from the Roosters line
40: Both sides back out on the field for the second 40 minutes
40: David Munro calls time on and the Roosters have the first possession in the second half
41: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Anthony Minichiello. Kick to come.
Anthony Minichello gets his 14th try of the season - James Maloney bursts through some weak defence before getting the ball away to the count who adds another try to his career tally
44: A real negative end to the set from the Warriors, Shaun Johnson puts the ball over the sideline about 20m from the Roosters line
46: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Sonny Bill Williams makes an unforced error.
SBW holds the ball out to try and get the offload and then loses the ball
55: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Anthony Minichiello makes an unforced error.
Not everything going to plan for the Roosters - Anthony Minichello couldn't cleanly pick up the ball off the kick
58: PENALTY WARRIORS: Roosters go up field before losing the ball and they cough up a penalty after Sam Moa stayed in the ruck for too long
62: Roosters running a rampage down the left, and the James Maloney kick is pushed dead by the Warriors
75: Restart of the tackle count after the kick has been charged down