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Warriors woes continue with Roosters loss

The Warriors were beaten 38-18 by the Roosters in round 12 of NRL
Angus Crichton scores one of his two tries as the Roosters smootheredthe Warriors in NRL round 12 PHOTO: NRL

The Warriors bandwagon might be struggling a little after their latest loss, the fourth in a row as the Roosters dominated for a 38-18 victory.


The Roosters made sure veteran prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves celebrated his 300th club match in style as halves Sam Walker and Luke Keary tormented the Warriors with their kicking game.


The Warriors meanwhile, will have some soul searching to do as they look to face the Panthers in Magic Round without star halfback Shaun Johnson who went off with a suspected pec injury late in the match.


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The Roosters attacked from the opening whistle field position and Dom Young capitalised crossing over in the corner after some slick passing to the right.


Two minutes later, Young broke through the line again before the Roosters kept the ball alive on the next play and Angus Crichton crashed over after some crafty second phase play.


A mistake by Edward Kosi deep in his own territory gave the Roosters an opportunity to set up off the scrum and Walker lopped a ball over for Young on the right for a 16-0 lead.

The tit-for-tat scoring sequence continued when Crichton pounced on a Keary grubber in the in goal and the Roosters made it four tries in 13 minutes. 


The Warriors managed to wrestle back some momentum late int he first half and looked to open their account in the 36th minute when Johnson skipped through the line but the try was ruled out due to an obstruction by Jackson Ford.


The Roosters found their mojo again early in the second half and after a Dallin Watene-Zelezniak denied Young a chance at a hat-trick, Walker produced a cross-field kick which sailed over for Daniel Tupou to cross on the left. 


In the 49th minute Warriors finally got on the board when Johnson spotted Kosi open on the left edge and floated a ball over the top to reduce the deficit 32-6.


Any hopes of a Warriors comeback were quickly shut down when James Tedesco scored after Joey Manu put Joseph Suaalii into space for a 32-6 lead.


The Warriors had fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad score from close range but the Roosters had the final say when Keary punted a perfectly weighted grubber and Walker was the beneficiary in a fitting end to the match for the star halves.


Overall the Warriors were again their own worst enemy in the first half, completing just nine of their 15 sets and missing 25 tackles in the first half.


Roosters 38 (Dom Young 2 tries, Angus Crichton 2 tries, Daniel Tupou, James Tedesco Sam Walker tries; Walker 4 con) Warriors 18 (Edward Kosi, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Addin Fonua-Blake tries; Adam Pompey 3 con). HT: 22-0

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