NYC Roosters set up Tigers clash
Saturday 15 September 2012 7:20 PM
The Sydney Roosters Toyota Cup side are in to the Grand Final Qualifier after defeating defending premiers the NZ Warriors 26-10 at ANZ Stadium.
It was an extremely brave effort from the young Tricolours who were on the back foot for the majority of the match as the massive Warriors side threw everything at the Roosters defence.
After holding the Warriors up over the line on numerous occasions and withstanding waves of attack, the red, white and blues finally got field position and took full advantage to run away with the game.
Samisoni Langi was great for the Tricolours as was the entire forward pack who stood up to the Warriors big men.
As expected Tuivasa-Sheck was also instrumental, scoring a try and keeping the young chooks in the game with some inspirational defence.
Everything started off well for the Tricolours when halfback Ryley Jacks took to the line looking to find a ball runner but before he knew it found himself in a gap and strolled over to make it 6-0 early.
Not long later a clever offload from Kane Evans set up a great 70m break, two plays later, an around the corner pass from Jack Noble set up winger Chris Taripo to crash over in the corner.
The Tricolours were brave in defence after this, and they had to be.
Despite their best efforts, the Tricolours never had the ball in their own half in the final 20 minutes of the half.
Strong defence kept the Warriors out but the relentless pressure finally took its toll.
Two quick Warriors tries send the two sides in to the break level at ten points a piece.
Nothing seemed to change at the start of the second as the young Kiwi’s bashed their way in to great field position but again the Tricolours held strong.
Eventually the Warriors tired and the Tricolours worked their way in to some good field position.
On their first real chance for nearly 40 mins Tuivasa-Sheck scooped the ball from dummy half and despite being grabbed powered his way over to give the Roosters the lead.
It was all one way traffic after that and it seemed inevitable that the boys from Bondi would add another.
That try eventuated when after a great team effort where the ball passed through a number of hands, five-eighth Samisoni Langi powered his way over just right of the posts to extend the lead.
A deserved second out wide to winger Chris Taripo sealed the win.
The young Roosters now take on the Wests Tigers for the right to play on the big day.
What a weekend