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