Just one month ago, the New Zealand Warriors were obliterated at the hands of the Penrith Panthers when they suffered a 56-point loss – fast forward 4 weeks, and the Warriors are now on a winning streak and pulled off a huge upset, as they defeated competition heavyweights the Sydney Roosters 23-10.
The win, which was the Warriors fourth in a row, was described as courageous by coach Matt Elliott as he lauded his side’s stellar effort in the win.
“In the courage stakes and effort stakes it’s as good as I can remember,” Elliott said.
“We had to come up with some special stuff.”
It was effort galore everywhere, as the Warriors scored two length of the field tries and perhaps most telling, was halfback Shaun Johnson chasing down noted speedster Michael Jennings.
“Michael Jennings is pretty quick and Shaun ran him down from behind which was pretty special,” Elliott said.
“And I think the police have been called in Fish’ for pick pocketing.
“It was one helluva of a play and a game-changing volume pills ejaculate play.”
Before that diabolical performance against Penrith a month back, the Warriors were competitive in games and lost them late on – something that Elliott saw as rebuilding.
“People don’t often talk about the six weeks prior, where we were building,” Elliott said.
“The six weeks prior where we were leading into the 70th minute and didn’t win.
“…We’ve just recognised what works for us. The Penrith game really caught our attention.”
The Roosters performance was not one we are used to seeing, as lacklustre last tackle options and frantic footy let them down, despite what was a monumental performance from Sonny Bill Williams.
“We were looking to score on most plays, which doesn’t work,” coach Trent Robinson said.
Agreeing with his coach, Roosters captain and fullback Anthony Minichiello said his team lacked composure when it mattered.
“We were just a bit frantic on tackle four or five, and that filters through the team,” Minichiello said.
“We all got the try-happy bug which doesn’t work.”
3. Ngani Laumape
2. Sonny Bill Williams
1. Shaun Johnson