At full time in Auckland, the Roosters have posted their first win of the 2013 season in a bruising encounter with the Warriors at Eden Park.


It was the battle of the big men tonight, with the wet ball seeing both sides keep it tight early on through their hard-running forwards.


With some light rain setting in before the match, a slippery ball is playing havoc on both sides however its the big men taking control with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Sam Moa and Marty Kennedy all playing a vital role in the Roosters go forward.


With just one try in the first half, which came early on and in exciting fashion to skipper Anthony Minichiello, it's been a case of end-to-end footy with the physicality the main feature in the opening forty.


Mini crossed down the left edge after a Michael Jennings break saw him give Daniel Tupou some space, who controlled the ball well to draw Kevin Locke and give a neat pass off to the skipper to dive over in the corner.


HALF TIME: Warriors 0 - Roosters 6


The boys from Bondi came out firing in the second stanza with two tries in the opening five minutes down the right-edge seeing them extend the lead to 16-6.


It was Mitchell Aubusson first, using his fancy footwork to find holes in the Warriors defence after a bullet pass from Jimmy Maloney saw him in space.


A few minutes later and it was SKD who dived over, again off the back of a Maloney pass that allowed him enough room to make a play for the line.


The Warriors then took it to the Sydney side with just over 20 minutes remaining, when they began to find holes around some tired Roosters forwards which saw Godinet cross first followed by Bill Tupou in the dying stages.


Shaun Johnson's kick to send the match to golden point, however, was a shocker as the halfback shanked the ball to the middle of the field from his attempt on the left-hand touch line.


The Roosters will be happy however with some early signs of a combination building between halves Mitchell Pearce and former Warrior Maloney, along with the effort of their big men through the middle of the field.


Sonny Bill Williams managed another strong showing in just his second match for the Tricolours, with his work-rate again shining through in the brutal encounter.


A highlight off the bench, besides Aubusson, was the introduction of Daniel Mortimer who showed his ability to find space for runners around the ruck.


We now switch focus to the Broncos next week, at home, in a match being touted as the Battle of Rugby Leagues Major Cities when Brisbane comes to Sydney.


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