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As it happened: Warriors v Sharks

By Dave Agnew

Published: 7:04PM Saturday June 16, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

  • Michael Luck celebrates a Warriors victory. (Source: ONE Sport)
    Michael Luck celebrates a Warriors victory. - Source: ONE Sport

Keep up with the action between the NZ Warriors and the Sharks with our live updates.

Fulltime: Warriors 19-20 Sharks - This is one that got away. Inexplicable as the Warriors looked in control until Robson's double but for some Carney magic, it could have been two points for the visitors. 

73 mins: Warriors 19-20 Sharks - TRY! The Sharks are stealing this match from under the Warrior's noses. Robson grabs his double as he spins through some flimsy defence to plant it over line. Carney's 40/20 sparked the attack and he converts from the left angle.

68 mins: Warriors 19-14 Sharks - TRY! Halfback Jeff Robson slides in under the sticks from afar, aqua-planing with two Warriors on his back. Carney makes the half break, offloading to Jeremy Smith on the inside who draws and passes. Carney throws it over.

57 mins: Warriors 19-8 Sharks - Playing real wet weather footy here. Sharks slow the ball and give away the penalty 42 metres out in front and Maloney kicks the goal. Solid progress up the field from the Warriors pack, playing the smart game.

51 mins: Warriors 17-8 Sharks - TRY! Konrad Hurrell twists in the tackle and slams the ball down in the right hand corner. The pressure had paid off for the Warriors as they've had the field position. Some big hits coming in from the visitors. Maloney can't add extras from the chalk.

41 mins: Warriors 13-8 Sharks - The Sharks get the 2nd half underway.

Halftime: Warriors 13-8 Sharks - Carney narrows gap to five after Ben Matulino gets called for an unnecessary obstruction penalty with his team in possession. The Sharks had a sustained period in the attacking twenty but couldn't convert with the Warriors looking motivated in defence. Very even half but honours on the board to the visitors.

36 mins: Warriors 13-6 Sharks - Field Goal! Maloney from 32 out in front slots it.

34 mins: Warriors 12-6 Sharks - TRY! Shaun Johnson wrestles the ball to the ground after a high cross kick from Maloney finds thin air, bouncing high in the in goal. Maloney kicks another off the upright.

30 mins: Warriors 6-6 Sharks - After half an hour, both teams really trying to minimise errors, playing percentage football.

18 mins: Warriors 6-6 Sharks - Disallowed try from the Sharks up and under which came off Carney's hand in the contest. Arm wrestle starting here.

12 mins: Warriors 6-6 Sharks - TRY! Kevin Locke pus a hand on it from the Maloney grubber just before dead ball line. Sharks fullback Wright guilty of napping there, should have diffused that one. Maloney's kick in off the post from wide left.

5 mins: Warriors 0-6 Sharks - TRY! A howler on his third touch and debutant Omar Slaimankhel in for Manu Vatuvei drops it in contact on his twenty metre line. Ben Pomeroy goes over in the corner from Todd Carney's draw and pass from the turnover. Poor start for the Warriors.

1 min: Warriors 0-0 Sharks - We're underway here at Shark Park. Conditions are slippery as the rain is persisting down.

Pre-match

Michael Luck makes his much awaited return to the Warriors tonight in what has become an early season must win game.

Coach Brian McClennan relieved some of the pressure on him with a win over former Warrior caretaker Ivan Cleary on Monday but back-to-back away wins are a rarity for the New Zealand side.

With an injury to back up hooker Alehana Mara, the depth out of dummy half will be greatly tested against a side who will be buoyed by State of Origin men Todd Carney and Paul Gallen. The latter has been touch and go for the match but we will know at kick off.

With a 6-7 record, the visiting Warriors will need to begin their customary late season run tonight.

Warriors: Kevin Locke, Bill Tupou, Ben Henry, Konrad Hurrell, Manu Vatuvei, James Maloney, Shaun Johnson, Sione Lousi, Lewis Brown, Ben Matulino, Elijah Taylor, Simon Mannering (c), Feleti Mateo.

Interchange: Russell Packer, Steve Rapira, Michael Luck, Jacob Lilyman.

Sharks: Matthew Wright, Isaac Gordon, Ben Pomeroy, Colin Best, Nathan Stapelton, Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Bryce Gibbs, Isaac De Gois, Ben Ross, Jeremy Smith, Jason Bukaya, Paul Gallen (c).

Interchange (from): Andrew Fifita, Wade Graham, John Morris, Mark Taufua, Sam Tagataese, Chad Townsend.

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