NRL Match Report | Round 9
The Roosters have fallen one point short in a tough 13-14 loss against the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
A penalty and an error from Blake Ferguson would gift the Warriors back-to-back opportunities at our line, and would find themselves taking advantage on the second set.
Big prop James Gavet launched himself at the line close range to open the scoring for the Warriors.
The Roosters looked to have plenty of opportunities, but were unable to capitalise in the early stages.
After defending multiple sets on their line, there would eventually be a pay off when a stray Warriors ball was collected by Shaun Kenny-Dowall.
He sprinted his way up field, got a quick play-the-ball and Joseph Manu finished it off on the other end of the field.
The rain came crashing down in true 2017 fashion and the Roosters would find themselves in a grind-it-out style football game on enemy ground.
An error and a professional foul from Daniel Tupou would lead to Warriors points, with David Fusitua barging his way over to take the Warriors out to an eight point lead at the break.
The Roosters would undergo plenty of pressure in the second half, and would do well to not concede what looked like a certain Warriors try thanks to some impressive scramble defence.
A stray pass on the other end was plucked out of the air by Kenny-Dowall before he sprinted 30 metres to bring his side within two points.
The Roosters would go on to see plenty of possession, though they were unable to convert and would take the kick at goal when they were gifted a penalty right in front of the uprights.
It was a level game that turned into a back-and-forth affair at the back end, with the wet conditions creating a Sunday afternoon arm wrestle.
Mitchell Pearce looked to have sealed the win after slotting a field-goal, but the Warriors had other plans in mind.
A late penalty in good field position would see the Warriors steal the lead in the dying moments.