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NRL match review: New Zealand Warriors 32 Wests Tigers 22

Scoreboard

NZ Warriors 32
Tries: Vatuvei 2, Townsend, Lolohea, Johnson, Thompson
Goals: Johnson 4
Field goals: nil

West Tigers 22
Tries: Simona 2, Tedesco, Richards
Goals: Richards 3
Field goals: nil

Match Review

A typical Warriors and Tigers game saw fast plays, wild passes and tackle breaks at Mt Smart Stadium.

Six minutes into the game, a break from Robbie Farrah followed by a risky pass from Mitchell Moses sent Tim Simona over the line for the first try of the match. Try converted by the ever reliable Pat Richards.

In the sixteenth minute, there’s a referral to the video ref to confirm man of the moment Manu Vatuvei’s first try of the night in his 200th NRL match. Conversion waved away to bring the score 6-4 Tigers way.

In the twenty-third minute, Chad Townsend throws a smart dummy and runs straight through Farrah to score under the post, with a successful conversion by Shaun Johnson. Shortly after another Warriors try is awarded to Tuimoala Lolohea after a great break from Konrad Hurrell and good ball work from Johnson who also successfully converts furthering the Warriors lead to 16-6.

Off a well timed offload in the thirtieth minute, Johnson scores his first try of the season but is unable to convert it. The Tigers hit back quickly with Luke Brooks holding up play and sending James Tedesco over for an easy try, which is converted by Richards taking the score to 20-12 going into half time.

As the second half kicks off there is a battle between the man buns, Hurrell and Sauaso Sue come together for a bit of push and shove giving the Tigers a penalty.

In the fiftieth minute Manu ‘The Beast’ Vatuvei knocks the ball on eventually resulting in Simona fending off two Warriors players and crossing the line for the second time tonight. Richards converts making it a two-point ball game.

In the fifty-seventh minute Aaron Woods is put on report after a late hit on Townsend. After a run of sloppy plays from both teams, Vatuvei scores his second try of the night, putting him equal with Nigel Vagana as the greatest premiership scoring Kiwi.  The try was converted by Johnson bringing the score to 26-18 Warriors way.

A lost ball from the Warriors saw Richards collect and score but with an unsuccessful conversion in the seventy-fourth minute. To ensure Vatuvei celebrates with a win in his 200th game, ex-Tiger Bodene Thompson crosses over the line with a successful Johnson conversion making the final score Warriors 32 Tigers 22.

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