NYC Match Report | Elimination Final
The Roosters have been knocked out of the Finals after going down 22-32 to the Warriors in the Holden Cup.
The Warriors would open the scoring in the first five minutes, when their halfback Erin Clark got a cracking offload away to centre Marata Nuikore to put him over the line.
The Roosters were making plenty of ground but weren’t executing early, missing a couple of good opportunities.
The Warriors scored their second try of the night through Tyler Mohi, after he crashed over the line from dummy-half.
There were a couple of near four-pointers in the first half for the Roosters, with both Sukamanu Raki and Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck having tries disallowed for loose carries.
They would be forced to pay for those missed opportunities, when five-eighth Kauri Aupouri snatched an uncontested kick and put it down.
The Roosters would strike back only minutes later, after the barnstorming Shaquai Mitchell barged over right next to the uprights.
Nuikore would score his second try for the Warriors, collecting a well placed kick to go over on the right hand side.
Just like their last try though, the Roosters would strike straight back when Joey Lussick showed plenty of desperation to muscle his way over.
The Roosters went into the break down by just 10 points.
The second half started in almost identical fashion to the first, with Warriors centre Niukore going over five minutes in to claim a hat-trick.
After more missed opportunities in the second half, the Warriors would again score after winger Paul Ulberg sprinted down the touchline and planted it down.
Right when it was looking one sided, Richard Skelton chimed in on the scoring for the Roosters to bring it back within two converted tries.
Richard Skelton would play a big role in his sides next try, getting a perfect offload away to Grant Garvey for him to step and barge his way over.
They tried hard and showed plenty of effort, but the execution wouldn’t follow.
They fought until the final buzzer, but tonight the season ends for the young Roosters.