NRL match review: Warriors 42 Titans 0


The Warriors have given themselves every chance of making the top 8 this season, with a convincing 42-0 thrashing of the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium.

Being faced with having to win both of their remaining games of 2014, the Warriors turned what had been a mixed month of football around to keep their season well in truly alive.

It took the home side just 3 minutes to post points as halfback Shaun Johnson set up Ben Henry to score the opening points of the afternoon.

The Warriors found themselves in great attacking field position just 6 minutes later and it was the turn of the other half ,Thomas Leuluai to set up a Warriors 4 pointer. Dominique Peyroux scoring to extend the Warriors lead out to 12-0.

The Titans seemed to be falling apart at the seams and experienced hooker Nathan Friend capitalised on such weak defence. With Friend dotting down in the 15th minute , the Warriors had already notched up an impressive 16 point lead.

Friend was in the thick of the action just before half time as he combined with halfback Shaun Johnson to set up Sam Tomkins who spun his way across the white line.

The Warriors had just enough time to add more points the scoreboard , as Konrad Hurrell ran onto a pinpoint short ball from fullback Sam Tomkins. A clinical half of football saw the Warriors take an impressive and slightly unexpected 30-0 lead at half time.

The Warriors started the second half with much of the same. Sam Tomkins scoring his double off the back of a well-placed Johnson kick.

Things were going from bad to worse for the Titans and as Johnson scored a brilliant solo try just moments later , the game looked well out of reach of the struggling Gold Coast side.

The Titans looked certain to have scored in the 72nd minute however the story of their afternoon saw the video ref rule no try as Brad Takairangi had placed a foot on the side-line.

The Warriors increased their chances of claiming the last remaining places inside the top 8 this season with a 42-0 win against the Titans , however face a big task next weekend as they travel to Penrith to take on the 4th placed Panthers in the last game of the regular season.

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