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Five of the Best: Wins Against Warriors

Despite not being a traditional rivalry, matches between the Roosters and Warriors have always had their fair share of drama, excitement and flair - and before we take on our Trans-Tasman opponents this Easter Sunday, let's look back on Five of the Best of them. 

Roosters Stage Comeback in Fiery Clash: Round 14, 2015

There was plenty of tension and fire in the early stages of this match, which saw James Maloney post 13 points in a dramatic and frantic comeback. 

After a tense first half hour of the match, with both sides throwing everything at one another, the Warriors crossed three times in quick succession to take an early lead, but the Roosters would strike back late in the first half through as Kiwi Shaun Kenny-Dowall touched down from a ricocheting kick.

The home side extended their lead in first few minutes upon resumption, but a great take from Brendan Elliot under the high ball put the Tricolours back into the contest.


Easts opted for the penalty goal when eight behind to close the gap to a converted try, and a darting try to former Warrior Maloney saw the sides on level terms with ten minutes to go. 

In a tense finish, the Roosters and Warriors traded field goals, but the Red, White and Blue took the two competition points in the dying stages as a right-side swing saw Blake Ferguson touch down in the corner to seal a memorable victory in Auckland. 

Auckland Ambush: Round 10, 2018 

Still licking their wounds from the Round 4 defeat at Allianz Stadium, the Sydney Roosters completed a 32-nil ambush in the return match against the Warriors in Auckland in a dominant performance from the side. 

With the NRL celebrating Indigenous Round, the Tricolours held off an early onslaught from the home side and took a slender lead to begin proceedings with a penalty goal.

Luke Keary's kicking game troubled the Warriors by forcing a number of errors, and while the Roosters came oh-so-close to touching down on a number of occasions, eventually his halves partner Cooper Cronk would put second rower Ryan Matterson on the board for the first try with a beautifully timed pass.

Cronk would link up on the left side soon after as Joseph Manu touched down in the corner, with Easts leading 14-nil at the break.

Match Highlights | Round 10

A strong surge in the second half from the Red, White and Blue began as Blake Ferguson and James Tedesco scored four-pointers in quick succession, with the defence holding strong as they continued to shut out the Warriors' advances.

Another penalty goal extended the lead, and a barging Isaac Liu put the cherry on top to complete the shut-out. 

Roosters Hit Half-Century: Round 12, 2004

The dominating team of 2004 had plenty of big wins, and this one also ranks as one of the biggest in Club history.

At home against a strong Warriors side and fresh off the Bye, the Red, White and Blue were relentless in their pursuit, putting their opponents to the sword in a 58-6 victory.

The Roosters dominated from the outset, leading 30-nil at half-time, much to the jubilation of the Chookpen faithful, and while their opponents scored a solitary consolation try, it was all one-way traffic from the Tricolours as Justin Hodges ran in a hat-trick and Todd Byrne scoring a double, all the while without the mercurial Anthony Minichiello. 

Michael Crocker, Ryan Cross, Peter Cusack, Brett Finch, Gavin Lester and Luke Ricketson found themselves on the scoresheet as well, with Craig Fitzgibbon landing four goals and Chris Walker kicking three to his name.

The match remains as the Roosters' biggest-ever win over the Warriors and sits amongst the Club's top ten biggest victories. 

SCG Shellacking: Round 22, 2019

There's nothing like watching the footy on a bright and sunny afternoon at the SCG, and it's even better when the Red, White and Blue post a big win - which is exactly what happened in this 42-6 victory in late 2019.

While victory looked unlikely early on as the Warriors struck first with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck scoring just three minutes in, but the Roosters got into gear as they hit back after a quarter of the match gone.

A barge-over try from Joseph Manu at dummy-half gave the Tricolours the lead, and a penalty for a high shot on Victor Radley saw the sides go into the break with Easts leading 12-6.

Match Highlights | Roosters v Warriors

Luke Keary would set the tone early in the second half, running away for a memorable long-range try, while the mercurial James Tedesco would add to the rout ten minutes later after pouring through a gap in the defence.

A memorable final 20 minutes saw Brett Morris, Mitchell Aubusson and Daniel Tupou score four-pointers of their own as the Roosters piled on six tries in a memorable SCG victory.  

Breaking the Drought: Grand Final 2002

In one of the most tenacious victories in Club history, the Sydney Roosters broke a 27-year-long Premiership drought against the Warriors in the 2002 Grand Final, claiming their 12th title in unheralded circumstances.

After a back-and-forth contest in the first quarter of the match, the Tricolours looked to be over with a Justin Hodges last-tackle desperation pass finding Anthony Minichiello only for the replays to show the dynamic winger losing possession on his way down to the line.

The sides would trade warning shots against one another, but it would be the boys from Bondi crossing as a break from Brad Fittler kick-started a chain reaction as a streaking Brett Mullins put Shannon Hegarty over for the first try of the decider.

Grand Final Replay 2002 | Warriors v Roosters

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A Warriors penalty goal closed the gap, and the visitors would take an unlikely lead as Stacey Jones scored a solo try to put the scores at 8-6 with just over half an hour left in the match.

Fittler continued to dominate as a booming 40/20 kick put his side in prime attacking position, and soon after the five-eighth and captain put his side in the lead, sending halves partner Craig Wing over for a decisive try.

Knowing the momentum was against them, the Warriors took to cheap tactics in an attempt to swing momentum their way, with an ugly shot from Richard Villasanti nearly taking out Fittler in what was a defining moment of the match as the two sides came together in a fiery clash. 

Champions Once More: The 2002 Premiers Celebrate with the Provan-Summons Trophy after their famous 30-8 victory over the New Zealand Warriors.
Champions Once More: The 2002 Premiers Celebrate with the Provan-Summons Trophy after their famous 30-8 victory over the New Zealand Warriors.

Fighting for their captain and with the game in the balance, the rampaging Roosters conquered in the final stages of the match, with eventual Clive Churchill Medallist Craig Fitzgibbon scoring in the 65th minute to extend the lead.

Up 18-8, Easts continued their dominance as a stabbing Fittler grubber put Chris Flannery over next to the posts, with Bryan Fletcher diving over in his final match for the Club to cap off a 30-8 win, and the Roosters' 12th Premiership. 

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