Tries: NGANI LAUMAPE (7M) ,NGANI LAUMAPE (24M) ,MANU VATUVEI (30M)
Goals: CHAD TOWNSEND 3/4
Tries: TINIRAU ARONA (14M), SOSAIA FEKI (59M)
Goals: MICHAEL GORDON 2/2
The Warriors kept their finals dream alive on Sunday afternoon as they defeated the Sharks 16-12.
Whilst the Warriors were victorious in this match , the Sharks came agonisingly close to recording their third straight win at Mt Smart, with just a converted try needed to seal an unlikely win in Auckland.
The opening moments of the match were dominated by the Warriors and although the Sharks defence stuck solid for a number of consecutive sets , the Warriors finally got on the board as Ngani Laumape crossed in the corner to give the Warriors an early 6 point advantage.
The Sharks replied with a 4 pointer of their own through Tinirau Arona. Arona diving on a Robson grubber to claim the Sharks first points of the afternoon and level the scores at 6 all.
Laumape crossed for a double in the 24th minute to push their lead out further, however a try to ‘the beast’ in the closing stages of the half saw the Warriors extend their lead to 16-6 going into the break.
The Sharks got themselves right back into contention after a pinpoint chip kick from Jeff Robson set up a flying Sosaia Feki to score the Sharks second of the afternoon and reduce the gap to just 4.
With several chances in good attacking position squandered, the Sharks failed to produce one of their impressive comebacks. Too many errors at key stages in the match and a slight lack of class let the Sharks down on Sunday afternoon, with the Warriors holding on to win 16-12 and grab two vital competition points.