New Zealand Warriors vs Sydney Roosters: NRL live scores, blog

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    Warriors Vs. Roosters

    2013 NRL Premiership Season, 17 March, 2013

    Eden Park, Auckland
    Roosters 16 defeated Warriors 14
    Warriors Roosters
    14 FINAL SCORE 16
    3 TRIES 3
    0/0 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
    0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/0
    Top scorers:
    • Warriors - Shaun Johnson 6pts (1T 1G)
    • Roosters - Anthony Minichiello 4pts (1T 0G)
    Important moments:
    • Roosters took the lead at the 5 min. mark 1st half
    • Bill Tupou (Warr) scored at the 73 min. mark 2nd half
    Referee: Klein, A
    Touch judges: Reid, A & Rehm, S

    The New Zealand Warriors and Sydney Roosters clash in a match between two teams that are keen to bounce back after suffering heavy losses last week. Join us for live scores and commentary from 5.30pm AEDT.

    It remains to be seen if the Warriors will get a rousing reception when they take to the field against the Roosters in their first home game of the season.

    New Zealand played very poorly against Parramatta last week and would have alienated many supporters with their below-par performance.

    Despite a promising period midway through the second half, the Warriors were never in the contest against the Eels and literally showed no sign of desperation and attitude when their backs were against the wall.

    Their defeat last week was their seventh loss in a row, if you include the six consecutive defeats the Warriors suffered to finish off the 2012 season.

    Luckily for New Zealand, they host a Roosters outfit that also did itself no favours in their opening round loss to South Sydney.

    After a very strong start, the Roosters fell away badly and once again let ill discipline get the better of them as the Rabbitohs marched toward a commanding 28-10 victory.

    With both teams struggling for confidence, defence could very well be at a premium tonight so we should be set for a high scoring contest.


    Both the Warriors and Roosters are known for their high error counts and poor discipline, so whichever team manages to keep that aspect of their game under control will win tonight.

    New Zealand can be a tough nut to crack at home and should come out firing in a bid to eradicate last week’s dreadful performance from their memory banks.

    The Warriors should keep it simple early and force the Roosters to commit to an arm wrestle.

    Sydney really struggled to contain the Rabbitohs’ big forwards last week and often gave away stupid penalties when placed under pressure.

    If Warriors forwards Ben Matulino and Feleti Mateo can get on top early, the Warriors will go a long way to frustrating a Roosters pack that can lose its discipline very quickly.

    For the Roosters to stand a chance tonight, they simply must respect possession and maintain discipline whenever they are under pressure.

    In the opening exchanges against South Sydney, the Roosters showed that they have the class necessary to match even the best opposition if they can just play simple and direct football.

    As soon as the Roosters fell behind however, they lost all composure in attack and defence and panicked their way to defeat.

    In short, the Roosters just need to stay calm with and without the football.

    If they can do this, they certainly possess enough strike power in Michael Jennings, Sonny Bill Williams and Mitchell Pearce to win tonight.

    Roosters by six.

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    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 7:25pm | ! Report

      The Roosters led 16 nil early in the second half but the Warriors came back strongly and just fell short in the end by two points. Johnson’s shocking conversion attempt was the difference in the end. Roosters defended well as the Warriors began to thrive on the back of strong crowd support. The Roosters attack was impressive with Jennings, Minichiello, Kenny-Dowall and Aubusson causing trouble with the football. Williams was solid without being spectacular but he nearly had a try assist after finding Jennings with a cracking offload in the second half. Great win for the Roosters away from home. Warriors tried hard and did take a step forward after last week’s bad loss to the Eels. Thanks for your company tonight and join us for Sunday night footy tomorrow on The Roar

      Warriors 14
      Roosters 16

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 7:22pm | ! Report

      FULLTIME – Maloney with a kick now and its a scrum to the Roosters here after the Warriors were accidentally offside and the Roosters hold on and win!!!!

      Warriors 14
      Roosters 16

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 7:20pm | ! Report

      79′ – Nail biting finish here for both teams as the Roosters recover possession. Can they hold on now?

      Warriors 14
      Roosters 16

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 7:19pm | ! Report

      78′ – Video referee changes the call and its a Warriors feed now. Correct decision. Roosters need a good defensive set here

      Warriors 14
      Roosters 16

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 7:19pm | ! Report

      77′ – Warriors are going to muscle up here and the Roosters must be ready to respond upfront. Huge set this one. Roosters near the halfway as Aubusson goes on a good run. Bomb now and it bounces and the Roosters get the scrum!

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 7:17pm | ! Report

      What a shocking conversion from Johnson right at the death. Could cost the Warriors here. The ball did not go anywhere near the post

      76′ – Warriors with the momentum here as the Roosters try to hold on. Johnson with a kick now and he finds touch and the Roosters can soak up time here

      Warriors 14
      Roosters 16

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 7:15pm | ! Report

      CONVERSION UNSUCCESSFUL – Johnson misses and the Roosters remain in the lead!

      Warriors 14
      Roosters 16

      Great grubber from Johnson but the Roosters should have batted the football dead. Minichiello with an air swing there and Tupou scored.

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 7:13pm | ! Report

      TRY WARRIORS – Johnson with a grubber here and the Warriors may have grounded this and scored! Try is awarded and poor defence from the Roosters there as Tupou scores

      Warriors 14
      Roosters 16

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 7:11pm | ! Report

      74′ – Roosters under huge pressure here as the Warriors win another penalty due to a high tackle.

      Warriors 10
      Roosters 16

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 7:10pm | ! Report

      73′ – Warriors win a penalty here and that’s a big call and the Warriors now with a chance to perhaps level things up

      Warriors 10
      Roosters 16

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