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As it happened: Warriors v Bulldogs

Published: 7:13PM Saturday May 11, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

  • Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors in the Capital clash (Source: Getty Images)
    Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors in the Capital clash - Source: Getty Images

The Warriors hosted the Bulldogs in NRL action from Westpac Stadium.

FULLTIME: Warriors 16 Bulldogs 24

Another heart-breaking loss for the Warriors. The home side ran out to a 16-0 lead but the Bulldogs came back strongly and ultimately deserved the win. Stay tuned for a full report and video highlights.

78mins: Warriors 16 Bulldogs 24

TRY! It's all over folks! The Warriors decide to roll the dice on the last tackle and run the ball but an inside ball from Feleti Mateo goes to ground and Josh Reynolds picks up and sprints 50 metres for the try. Hodkinson converts from the sideline again to put the result beyond doubt.

75mins: Warriors 16 Bulldogs 18

TRY! And the Bulldogs are in front! The Dogs attack down the left side and despite a suspect decoy by Josh Morris, Ben Barba shadows through a gap for his second try of the season. Hodkinson then steps and lands THE massive conversion from the sideline. Wow!

51mins: Warriors 16 Bulldogs 12

TRY! And the Bulldogs are well in this! They have come out all guns blazing in the second half and a beautifully well worked backline move gives Sam Perrett a try in the corner. Hodkinson converts from the sideline. Wow!

41mins: Warriors 16 Bulldogs 6

Johnson kicks off the second half and the Warriors will be well aware that this isn't over yet. Their fourth quarter fade is infamous and they will be best to avoid that tonight.

HALFTIME: Warriors 16 Bulldogs 6

The Warriors head to the sheds with a 10 point lead and it is well deserved. They have defended strongly on their own line and taken their chances well. This match is being played at a cracking pace so it could take its toll in the second half. Stay tuned.

35mins: Warriors 16 Bulldogs 6

TRY! The Bulldogs finally get some reward through a repeat set. A great short ball by Trent Hodkinson gets Frank the Tank through the gap and he flicks inside to his captain Michael Ennis to score under the posts. Hodkinson converts.

31mins: Warriors 16 Bulldogs 0

TRY! The Warriors have defended strongly and when they finally get the ball, they breakout from their own half. Shaun Johnson decided to go wide and Carlos Tuimavave makes good ground before finding big Manu who passes inside to a flying Glen Fisiiahi who scores under the posts. Johnson converts from straight in front.

18mins: Warriors 10 Bulldogs 0

TRY! The Warriors have been camped down in Bulldogs' territory for some time and they finally cracked it. Big Russell Packer steamrolled on to a short ball and a great off-load gives Thomas Leuluai his first try of the season. Johnson converts from a handy position.

7mins: Warriors 4 Bulldogs 0

TRY! What a start by the Warriors! Feleti Mateo put through a deft grubber and Glen Fisiiahi shows great hands to collect and offload for the Beast to get his 106th career try. Shaun Johnson can't convert from wide out.

1min: Warriors 0 Bulldogs 0

Tim Lafai kicks off the Capital clash in front of the impressive 28,000 strong crowd. Conditions are chilly at just nine degrees and that may favour the Warriors.

7:25pm

Sam Rapira has been replaced by Ben Matulino in the starting line-up, Carlos Tuimavave comes into centre for Konrad Hurrell and prop Suaia Matagi will make his debut off the bench.

Pre-Match

The Warriors thrill and frustrate in equal measure and have opted to showcase their mercurial ways in front of a crowd of up to 28,000 in Wellington this week.

However, their record on home soil outside of Mt Smart Stadium stinks with just three wins from 16 games.

They are further hampered with the late withdrawals of prop Sam Rapira and centre Konrad Hurrell. Their replacements are not yet clear but we will let you know when the news comes in.

Canterbury have slowly started to rediscover their mojo and were ruthless in their dissection of an under-manned Wests Tigers side last week.

The return of James Graham and Sam Kasiano was a huge factor in the 40-4 victory, their second successive win.

Warriors: Glen Fisiiahi, Bill Tupou, Ben Henry, Carlos Tuimavave, Manu Vatuvei, Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson, Ben Matulino, Nathan Friend, Russell Packer, Feleti Mateo, Simon Mannering (c), Todd Lowrie

Interchange: Jacob Lillyman, Elijah Taylor, Pita Godinet, Suaia Matagi

Canterbury Bulldogs: Ben Barba, Mitch Brown, Josh Morris, Tim Lafai, Sam Perrett, Josh Reynolds, Trent Hodkinson, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis (c), 10 Sam Kasiano, 11 Tony Williams, 12 Frank Pritchard, 13 Greg Eastwood.

Interchange: Dene Halatau, Josh Jackson, James Graham, Dale Finucane, Martin Taupau, Tim Brown

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