Sport Roosters beat Warriors as Kiwi side charge late with Walsh brilliance
The two Roosters who can cause grand final boilover
Eels NRLW star Tiana Penitani says the kicking game of the Roosters halves will "play a big part" in any upset win occurring.Coming in as the underdogs against a Dragons outfit who doubled their wins during the five-game home and away season, the Roosters will need a perfect performance from their halves paring Zahara Temara and Raecene McGregor, Penitani believes.
TheRoosters have held on to beat the Warriors in their Easter Sunday clash after conceding an early lead and surviving a late scare from a flash of Reece Walsh brilliance.
The match at the Sydney Cricket Ground was greatly anticipated as the Roosters were honouring their 2002Premiership side, which beat the Warriors 30-8 for the club's 12th premiership.
But the Kiwis were first to strike, slotting a penalty conversion after Roosters skipper James Tedesco avoided being sin-binned for holding down Addin Fonua-Blake as he looked to capitalise on momentum from a line break.
Warriors winger Edward Kosi then crossed for a try after a slick left-edge backline play.
Staggs shines but Manu the man as Roosters avoid Brisbane boilover
Joey Manu came up with the clutch play to save the Sydney Roosters from a second Brisbane boilover in as many years, delivering two second half tries to reverse a deficit and lead his team to a 24-16 win at Suncorp Stadium. Trailing 10-0 at the break, Manu forced the game to his will with a dominant display that turned the game around and averted the upset, with eight tackle busts and two tries the highlights of his evening.
It took 28 minutes for the Tricolours to open their account, sending the ball through the quick hands of Kevin Naiqama for Daniel Tupou to finish in the left corner.
The Roosters got to the lead for the first time at the 52-minute mark when Naiqama pounced on a loose ball from a Luke Keary bomb.
Sam Walker channeled the spirit of 2002 Roosters five-eighth Brad Fittler with a great display.
The 19-year-old half busted out of three tackles, sent deceptive grubbers or crisp passes left and right, kicked five goals and scored a try for a personal tally of 14 points.
When he planted the ball with his fingertips in the 60th minute after some nifty footwork, it gave the Roosters the momentum they needed to wrap up the match with a 20-8 lead - but the Warriors were far from done.
NRL investigating alleged homophobic slur in thriller
The NRL is investigating an alleged homophobic slur caught on camera in the Warriors' golden-point win over the Cowboys. The ugly incident soured a captivating match decided by the right boot of Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson, who snuck a wobbling field goal through the posts in the first half of golden point.Johnson's successful field goal followed two failed attempts of his own and one by North Queensland halfback Chad Townsend.Stream the NRL premiership 2022 live and free on 9Now.Nathan Brown's men fought back from 18-6 down to clinch a third win in succession.
Nathan Brown's side then took a chance on the last tackle in the 64th minute, with fullback Reece Walsh finding some running room before getting the ball to Dallin Watene-Zelezniak on the wing with a pinpoint left-foot kick.
Watene-Zelezniak did the rest with his fast feet, leaving Daniel Tupou stranded with a neat step as he scored untouched.
That Roosters team, along with coach Ricky Stuart, were special guests at the famous SCG on Sunday, while both teams wore replica jerseys from two decades ago.
Ill-discipline from the Warriors helped the Roosters to secure their third consecutive win, while the Warriors snapped their three-match winning streak.
Chooks enforcers Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Victor Radley were placed on report for high shots.
The Warriors now head to Melbourne to take on the Storm in their traditional Anzac Day match.
Roosters relishing NRL return of Verrills .
After some indifferent NRL form, the Sydney Roosters hope the return of first-choice hooker Sam Verrills to their spine reaps rewards against the Warriors.Verrills has finally overcome a thumb injury to allow the Roosters to field their first-choice spine for the first time this season as they attempt to bank their fourth win of 2022..