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The young Roosters have claimed another last-gasp victory with Brendan Elliot again proving the difference with two late tries to see his side come from nowhere to make it two from two so far this season.

Five-eighth Samisoni Langi and his halves partner Tyler Cornish were the standouts for Paul Green's side, with the young playmakers turning the Warriors around when it mattered and keeping their side in the game.

Match Report

The teams were welcomed to the turf with some light rain this evening, suggesting the usually fast-paced NYC style may not be in store for the Eden Park crowd and the early minutes certainly showed both sides were playing it a little bit safer than usual through the middle of the park.

The young Roosters kicked off to a Warriors side looking to repent following last weekends 38 point loss to Parramatta and the early minutes were a physical meeting of two big forward packs, with some errors around the ruck slipping in to both sides games thanks to the rain.

Dummy half Jason Antonelli was strong through the opening minutes, guiding the mobile Roosters side around the park with his speed and vision out of dummy half.

It took 10 minutes for the first penalty to be awarded, with our boys given a chance just 20m out thanks to a quick-thinking John Asiata who targeted a lazy defender to gain the advantage.

The ball was kicked to touch and thanks again to a hard-running Asiata in the next set of six, they were able to shift the ball from one side of the field to the other eventuating in Tyler Cornish using some fancy footwork to find a gap and cross for the first try.

The Warriors questioning the try, thanks to the new challenge system in the NYC this season, however the video referee found no issues with the halfbacks put down and Brendan Elliot was un able to convert, with the score remaining at 4-0 after 11 minutes.

The momentum wasnt with the Roosters long however, with prop Brandon Tago putting the ball down as he ran into the Warriors defensive line from the kick off. A brave Roosters defence were able to hold out the Warriors from the scrum and also work a penalty out of the frustrated Warriors right-side defence.

The penalty didnt eventuate in anything however, with Cornish losing the ball close to the line after being hit in a hard tackle as he again attempted to dance around the big Warriors midfield.

As the first twenty minutes came to a close the Kiwi side began to find some rhythm in attack and threatening the Roosters line only to again cough up the ball and finish with another uncompleted set.

Warriors 0 - Roosters 4

20th minute

It wasnt long before the next points were scored in the match with experienced NYC campaigners Samisoni Langi and Rhyse Martin linking down the right-edge to see Martin cross, following the Roosters capitalising on another mistake from the Warriors who were starting to show signs of the same side that went down to the Eels in Round 1.

It didnt seem that way for too long however, with a big hit in the midfield forcing Asiata to lose possession as the Sydney side worked its way back up towards the Warriors line and the scrum following laying the platform for a couple of solid runs through the Roosters defence and an eventual try down the left-hand side to the Warriors seeing them on the scoreboard for the first time in the match.

The try was converted by Mason Lino and the lead cut down to 10-6 after 26 minutes.

With the game beginning to open up and the Roosters becoming a little bit more confident in their ability to spread the ball from side to side, it was Martin again leading from the front after a perfectly weighted pass from Cornish hit the backrower and sent him through a hole 20m out from the Warriors line.

Ngataua Hukatai, the Warriors fullback, did his best to cut down the flying skipper however had no luck as fended him away to cross for his second of the match. Elliots kick failed to go over the black dot and the score remained at 14-6 after 33 minutes.

The Warriors lifted in the dying moments of the first half and managed to work their way down field after opening up their attack to the edges and forcing Roosters defenders into one on one situations on both sides of the field.

A penalty goal in the last play of the half saw Lino cut down the lead for our boys to just 6 points at the break.

Warriors 8 - Roosters 14

40th minute

The Warriors came out firing in the second half with early chances forcing the Roosters to defend their line for the opening five minutes. A brave showing shut the Warriors attack down and a shift in momentum came back the Roosters way when Langi broke through the midfield and a penalty was awarded at the following tackle in the set.

The next set of six was kicked off with a hard-running Shaquille Blair getting the Tricolours even closer to the Warriors line, with Cornish dancing his way through again for the try to be disallowed for obstruction.

The very next set and the Warriors were down the other end of the field, thanks to some ill-discipline from the Roosters outside backs and off the back of the penalty they shifted the ball out to the left and the big Abraham Papali crossed in the corner for the Kiwi side. Lino converted to make it a tied game at 14-all after 48 minutes.

It was all Warriors in the third quarter of the match with the Roosters allowing mistakes to creep into their game, forcing themselves into defending their line on numerous occasions and only being saved by some poor decisions from the home side on the final tackle.

Langi was the standout in the twenty minute period after the break, doing his best to guide the side around the field through boot and hand and linking well with his halves partner Cornish when the attacking chances presented themselves.

Warriors 14 Roosters 14

60th minute

It was all the Warriors in the opening minutes of the final period, with their big men finding space down the left and ride edges against the much smaller Roosters outside backs.

With just 5 minutes remaining the Warriors took the lead 20-14 and the match seemed all but over, until last weeks final-minute hero Brendan Elliot managed to cross for not one, but two tries to see the Roosters claim the win 24-20.

Samisoni Langi was the stand out for the Roosters in their Eden Park win, guiding the side around the paddock and linking well with halfback Tyler Cornish and his big men in the middle of the field.

The win means Paul Greens side are two from two so far this season, after last week also claiming the victory in the final stages against Souths.

Warriors 20 Roosters 24

Full Time
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