Late try seals comeback win for the Roosters

James Maloney

Winning away from home is crucial and the Sydney Roosters have snatched a late win courtesy of a Blake Ferguson try in the 80th minute of the game.

In front of 14,167 fans at Mt Smart Stadium, the game was tense as scores were tied at 20-all heading into the last five minutes.

Both teams then traded field goals as James Maloney and Shaun Johnson scored one for their respective teams, before that Ferguson try sealed a crucial win.

The win was a testament to the gritty play of the Roosters side, who had less possession and less attacking opportunities yet somehow, they managed to win.

At one point, they were trailing 14-0 just before the half-time break, as the Warriors went on a blitz late in the first half with three quick tries to Solomone Kata, Manu Vatuvei and Tuimoala Lolohea.

With the weight of possession in the favour of the Warriors, to trail only 14-0 at the break would have pleased Roosters coach Trent Robinson.

The Roosters slowly clawed their way back in the second half, as their defence seemed to deflect a lot of attacking raids from the Warriors.

Even more crucial for the Roosters was that their win came without their Origin stars, which is a great boost for the club.

For the Warriors, the loss was their fourth in six home games this season.

Robinson was confident that his side could make their way back into the contest, as he knew things had to even out eventually.

“It was a big performance coming over here with some new players coming in and guys in different positions,” Robinson said.

“So yeah, a very courageous win.

“We were confident at half-time, we knew they had had a hell of a lot of ball, put a lot of pressure on us, but we were pretty good.

“I don’t think we saw a poor reaction at all from the guys at any stage after any of the tries, they stuck on task… we knew we would get them at the back end.”

There was a record broken, with Manu Vatuvei becoming the first player in NRL history to score 10 tries in a season in 10 consecutive years.

There was nothing but praise from Warriors coach Andrew McFadden for his hulking winger.

“It’s a shame that we couldn’t get the points tonight and really celebrate that, because it is a huge achievement, a massive achievement,” McFadden said.

“Whether it will ever be done again I don’t know, but certainly it’s something Manu should be really proud of, it’s something were proud of as a club.”

As per his usual self, Vatuvei hosed down the excitement and said he is just happy to play and be involved.

“I am just blessed to have reached that milestone and get the record, but like I always say I can’t take all the credit for all those tries, the boys do a lot of work,” Vatuvei said.

3. James Maloney
2. Sio Siua Taukeiaho
1. Solomone Kata

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