Fulltime score: Round 10 Warriors 6 v Roosters 10
Match summary: A gritty victory to the Roosters in what was the lowest scoring game of the year so far has been marred by Warriors fans throwing projectiles at referee Shayne Hayne. The Roosters winning 10-6 over an equally determined Warriors at Ericsson Stadium today.
In an incident not foreign to the NRL, the bottle-throwing came on the back of several dubious calls by referee Hayne which may have ultimately cost the Warriors victory. One key decision was a call against the Warriors, Hayne ruling them to have knocked the ball on. The following set saw Sydney break the deadlock at the time and take a 10-6 lead.
Similar to last night's Bulldogs/Manly game, the clash was very low scoring and defensive, with a high amount of unforced errors. Early in the game the Roosters skipped away to a 6-0 lead courtesy of a Monaghan try before the Warriors snuck back to make the score 6-4. The scoreline stayed this way until halftime, with both sides not being able to make it over the line for the following 30 minutes.
The second half saw a penalty for the Warriors even things up. Minutes later the decision that swung the game and gave the Roosters ample field position, and put centre Iosia Soliola over in the corner. Fitzgibbon missed the conversion attempt.
Despite numerous attempts for the remainder of the game, the Warriors were unable to overcome the Roosters and for the third game straight, lost in heartbreaking circumstances. The Roosters, on the other hand, are improving by the week and will be keen to perform after Origin 1, due to their bye next week.
Scorers: NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS 6 Tries: T Byrne Goals: L Hohaia 1/2 SYDNEY ROOSTERS 10 Tries: J Monaghan, I Soliola Goals: C Fitzgibbon 1/3
Venue: Ericsson Stadium Referee: Shayne Hayne Half time: Roosters 6-4
Live commentary: 0 min: KICKOFF at Ericsson Stadium this afternoon.
7 min: TRY- Roosters. Joel Monaghan crosses after takig a bomb under pressure. Fitzgibbon converts. Sydney 6 NZ 0.
10 min: TRY- Warriors. Todd Byrne appears to have scored a try off a Warriors bomb. All players appear onside. Decision pending... TRY. Kick to come. Kick from Hohaia hits the upright and misses. Sydney 6 NZ 4.
16 min: NEWS- The Warriors seem to have the upper hand despite trailing by two. Both sides making very basic errors with the greasy conditions.
25 min: NEWS- Neither team turning it on at the moment but pressure is slowly being applied. Warriors still seem to be the better team.
31 min: VIDEO REF- Warriors. Possible Meli try.... DECISION PENDING - Ref's Call! Knock on, Roosters scrum.
39 min: NEWS- The halftime siren about to sounds and both teams unable to cross since the 10 minute mark.
HALFTIME. Sydney 6 New Zealand 4.
Second half underway...
46 min: NEWS- Warriors dominating the second half so far, putting a lot of pressure on Sydney at the moment.
49 min: PENALTY GOAL- Warriors. The scoring finally restarts and the Warriors even things up through Hohaia. NZ 6 Sydney 6.
51 min: TRY- Roosters. Try in the corner for Soliola for the Roosters. The crowd vehemently boos what should have been not a try due to an earlier incorrect decision from referee Hayne. Conversion missed from Fitzgibbon. Sydney 10 NZ 6.
60 min: NEWS- Roosters back in control as the Warriors appear to be faltering slightly. Stringing together some good plays as the hour mark passes.
63 min: NEWS- Warriors playing some exciting footy again but couldn't crack the line as they knock it on. Both teams giving it everything, particularly Webb and Minichiello respectively.
66 min: PENALTY MISSED Roosters almost turned the lead into a 6 point one with a penalty that was also very dubious. Roosters to run the ball back from a Warriors 20m drop-out. Score still Sydney 10 NZ 6.
76 min: NO TRY- Roosters. Roosters have had two tries disallowed now but seem to be staying just above the Warriors no matter how much they throw at them. Roosters leading 10-6 with 3 and a half to go. A gripping final few coming up.
78 min: NEWS- Warriors pull off a nothing set and the Roosters may just sneak home. 2 to go. Sydney 10-6.
FULLTIME. Roosters win 10-6 in the lowest scoring game so far in 2005. Both teams have played a good game in greasy conditions but in the end the Roosters did too much to assure they would win. Referee being abused as he walks up the tunnel, some disgusting behaviour from certain Warriors fans.
----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - J Monaghan (Roosters) 2 - B Webb (Warriors) 1 - S Faumuina (Warriors) -----------------------------------------