New Zealand Warriors 12: (Tomkins, Laumape tries; Johnson 2 goals)
Sydney Roosters 46: (Jennings 2, Kenny-Dowall, Minichiello, Moa, Liu, Cordner tries; Guerra penalty try; Maloney 7 goals)
The New Zealand Warriors season is on life support after an embarrassing 46-12 loss to the Sydney Roosters at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
In front of a healthy home crowd of 19, 676, the Warriors failed to fire despite the carrot of finals football dangling in front of them, and were belted by the fired up tri colours outfit.
The Roosters victory was an ominous performance with the business end of the season, particularly considering the New Zealand side, one of the best attacking teams in the competition, could manage just two tries.
To add further to the Sydney side’s credentials to win the premiership is the fact that both teams above them on the ladder failed to register victories in round 14.
The rot started early for the Warriors, and continued frequently throughout the match.
In just the third minute of play, Daniel Tupou split the Warriors after collecting an attacking bomb, and ran down field in open space.
New Zealand halfback Shaun Johnson showed his speed to chase down the Rooster’s winger, but in great attacking position and the Warriors defence in disarray, the Roosters pressed forward.
Aiden Guerra found himself in a half hole, reached out to score before Thomas Leuluai kicked the ball illegally from his grasp, the video referee awarding a penalty try as a result.
The Warriors replied in the 11th minute of the game when Ngani Laumape achieved what not many have done before and outleapt Daniel Tupou.
The New Zealand centre batted the ball to fullback Sam Tomkins who crossed untouched for a 6-all scoreline.
It was the last time the Warriors would be in the contest.
In the 21st minute, the Sydney side regained the lead when Michael Jennings showed his fancy footwork to step over from close range.
They then extended their lead before half time through Shaun Kenny Dowell who pushed through some meager defence to score and give the travelling side a 16-6 halftime score.
The second half display from the Roosters was clinical and dominant.
Straight after the resumption, the Warriors opened up again, as James Maloney cut through a gaping hole before putting Anthony Minichello over under the posts.
Seven minutes later Sam Moa crashed over the line to extend the visitor’s lead to 28-6.
And things went from bad to worse soon after for the home side, when lock Sebastine Ikahihfo was sin binned for a profession foul on Maloney.
The Roosters quickly added another two converted tries, one to Isaac Liu in the 52nd minute and another to Boyd Cordner in the 63rd.
The charge from Isaac Liu for his try was particularly impressive, the interchange forward pumping his legs as he took the defence with him over the line.
The Warriors managed to drag one back through Laumape inside the last five minutes.
But as the fulltime siren approached the Roosters restored their advantage back to 34 when Jennings crossed following some ad lib football from both sides.