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NRL Premiership, Saturday, 3 August 2013 - Round 21 - Mt Smart Stadium

Time
80.00
Team
Warriors
Score
14
Team
Cronulla
Score
18
Warriors versus Cronulla
Players Vatuvei (29min, 74min), Hurrell (70min) Tries 3 Tries 3 Players Wright (10min), Pomeroy (24min), Stapleton (47min)
Players Johnson 1/3 (33%) Conversions 1 Conversions 2 Players Carney 2/3 (66%)
Players Penalty goals 0 Penalty goals 1 Players Carney 1/1 (100%)
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players

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Statistics

Match Statistics
WarriorsCronulla

1 Kevin Locke

1 Michael Gordon

2 Ngani Laumape

Substitution Off
1

2 Sosaia Feki

3 Dane Nielsen

3 Ben Pomeroy

Try
1
Substitution Off
1

4 Konrad Hurrell

Try
1

4 Jonathan Wright

Try
1

5 Manu Vatuvei

Try
2

5 Nathan Stapleton

Try
1

6 Thomas Leuluai

6 Todd Carney

Conversion
2
Penalty Goal
1

7 Shaun Johnson

Conversion
1

7 Jeff Robson

8 Sam Rapira

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

8 Andrew Fifita

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

9 Nathan Friend

9 John Morris

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

10 Jacob Lillyman

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

10 Bryce Gibbs

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

11 Feleti Mateo

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

11 Jayson Bukuya

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

12 Simon Mannering

12 Wade Graham

13 Elijah Taylor

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

13 Paul Gallen

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1
Match Statistics
Warriors Interchange Cronulla Interchange

Ben Matulino

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Isaac De Gois

Substitution On
1

Suaia Matagi

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Chris Heighington

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Todd Lowrie

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Sam Tagataese

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
2

Dominique Peyroux

Substitution On
1

Ben Ross

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Warriors vs Cronulla

  • Possession

    Warriors 48%
    48% 52%
    Cronulla 52%
  • Sets

    Warriors 39
    53% 47%
    Cronulla 35
  • Completed sets

    Warriors 26
    49% 51%
    Cronulla 27
  • Completion rate

    Warriors 67%
    47% 53%
    Cronulla 77%
  • Tackles

    Warriors 331
    50% 50%
    Cronulla 328
  • Total runs

    Warriors 157
    50% 50%
    Cronulla 160
  • Total run metres

    Warriors 1377m
    48% 52%
    Cronulla 1483m
  • Hit-ups

    Warriors 69
    46% 54%
    Cronulla 82
  • Line breaks

    Warriors 3
    60% 40%
    Cronulla 2
  • Offloads

    Warriors 13
    62% 38%
    Cronulla 8
  • Kicks

    Warriors 18
    51% 49%
    Cronulla 17
  • 40-20 kicks

    Warriors 0
    50% 50%
    Cronulla 0
  • Kick metres

    Warriors 339m
    45% 55%
    Cronulla 418m
  • Penalties

    Warriors 10
    63% 37%
    Cronulla 6
  • Scrums

    Warriors 7
    58% 42%
    Cronulla 5
  • Missed tackles

    Warriors 35
    65% 35%
    Cronulla 19
  • Errors

    Warriors 13
    62% 38%
    Cronulla 8
  • | |
    Warriors statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS R.MTRS OFLD T/BR L/BR L/BR.AS TRY.AS KICKS K.MTRS
    Kevin Locke Fullback 80 10 86 3 2 0 0 0 1 46
    Ngani Laumape Winger 1 67 12 103 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dane Nielsen Centre 1 80 8 83 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
    Konrad Hurrell Centre 2 80 11 122 0 2 1 0 0 1 19
    Manu Vatuvei Winger 2 80 12 91 1 3 1 0 1 0 0
    Thomas Leuluai Five-eighth 80 8 66 0 4 0 0 0 6 100
    Shaun Johnson Halfback 80 8 73 1 4 1 0 1 10 174
    Sam Rapira Prop 1 49 11 99 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Friend Hooker 80 9 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jacob Lillyman Prop 2 51 16 132 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Feleti Mateo 2nd Row 1 54 6 62 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Simon Mannering 2nd Row 2 80 9 69 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Elijah Taylor Lock 62 8 53 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Matulino Interchange 42 13 113 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Suaia Matagi Interchange 22 5 61 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Todd Lowrie Interchange 40 9 71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dominique Peyroux Interchange 13 2 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Warriors statistics
    Players POS MIN TACKES MISSED INEFFECTIVE PEN.CONC. ERRORS
    Kevin Locke Fullback 80 6 2 0 0 2
    Ngani Laumape Winger 1 67 7 2 0 0 0
    Dane Nielsen Centre 1 80 11 1 1 0 1
    Konrad Hurrell Centre 2 80 13 6 3 1 1
    Manu Vatuvei Winger 2 80 4 2 1 1 2
    Thomas Leuluai Five-eighth 80 17 1 0 0 1
    Shaun Johnson Halfback 80 7 1 0 0 4
    Sam Rapira Prop 1 49 30 3 1 0 0
    Nathan Friend Hooker 80 57 4 1 2 1
    Jacob Lillyman Prop 2 51 27 2 2 0 0
    Feleti Mateo 2nd Row 1 54 20 4 1 2 1
    Simon Mannering 2nd Row 2 80 24 0 1 0 0
    Elijah Taylor Lock 62 41 4 0 0 0
    Ben Matulino Interchange 42 19 1 0 0 0
    Suaia Matagi Interchange 22 16 1 0 0 0
    Todd Lowrie Interchange 40 31 1 0 0 0
    Dominique Peyroux Interchange 13 1 0 1 0 0
    Cronulla statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS R.MTRS OFLD T/BR L/BR L/BR.AS TRY.AS KICKS K.MTRS
    Michael Gordon Fullback 80 15 165 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
    Sosaia Feki Winger 1 80 12 111 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Pomeroy Centre 1 48 6 73 1 2 1 0 1 0 0
    Jonathan Wright Centre 2 80 9 64 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Stapleton Winger 2 80 10 87 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Todd Carney Five-eighth 80 3 30 0 0 0 0 0 12 324
    Jeff Robson Halfback 80 5 29 0 0 0 0 0 3 76
    Andrew Fifita Prop 1 57 18 179 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
    John Morris Hooker 36 3 27 0 3 0 0 0 1 3
    Bryce Gibbs Prop 2 47 13 133 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jayson Bukuya 2nd Row 1 54 7 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Wade Graham 2nd Row 2 80 9 79 0 2 0 1 1 1 15
    Paul Gallen Lock 74 19 185 0 5 0 1 1 0 0
    Isaac De Gois Interchange 55 5 40 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Heighington Interchange 44 11 101 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Tagataese Interchange 42 11 97 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Ross Interchange 23 4 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Cronulla statistics
    Players POS MIN TACKES MISSED INEFFECTIVE PEN.CONC. ERRORS
    Michael Gordon Fullback 80 8 0 0 0 0
    Sosaia Feki Winger 1 80 5 2 1 1 1
    Ben Pomeroy Centre 1 48 8 2 0 0 0
    Jonathan Wright Centre 2 80 20 1 1 0 3
    Nathan Stapleton Winger 2 80 2 1 0 0 0
    Todd Carney Five-eighth 80 9 2 1 0 1
    Jeff Robson Halfback 80 16 1 1 0 0
    Andrew Fifita Prop 1 57 45 0 1 1 0
    John Morris Hooker 36 19 0 3 1 0
    Bryce Gibbs Prop 2 47 16 1 0 0 0
    Jayson Bukuya 2nd Row 1 54 15 2 0 0 0
    Wade Graham 2nd Row 2 80 36 3 3 3 1
    Paul Gallen Lock 74 29 2 1 2 0
    Isaac De Gois Interchange 55 29 1 2 1 0
    Chris Heighington Interchange 44 24 0 1 1 1
    Sam Tagataese Interchange 42 24 0 2 0 1
    Ben Ross Interchange 23 23 1 0 0 0

    Latest Comments

    • No tries bombed, one try scored.

      Stephen Samuelson | August 03, 2013, 3:32PM
    • How many tries has Bomberoy bombed so far?

      Sinbad Gordon | August 03, 2013, 3:24PM
    • Fifta! What a player. He and Matulino must be the best young props. Different styles but both big with footwork and plenty of minutes. Great to watch.

      Mick | August 03, 2013, 3:54PM
    • Why do almost all the sports reporters hate the Sharkies so much? For gods sake man, it is against the Kiwi's.

      Grocer | August 03, 2013, 4:49PM
    • I'm a Warriors fan and the 51st minute Feki try decision was wrong. Not 100% correct. The slow motion replay clearly shows his foot planted firmly IN play just before he kicks it.
      Have anther ...

      Grit | August 03, 2013, 8:00PM

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    Top Players

    Tackles
    Player name Nathan Friend 57
    Runs
    Player name Paul Gallen 19
    Line Breaks
    Player name Konrad Hurrell 1
    Offloads
    Player name Kevin Locke 3

    Match Details

    Start time:
    3:00pm
    Weather:
    Fine
    Surface:
    Good
    Referees:
    Matt Cecchin, Gavin Reynolds
    Touch Judges:
    Jason Walsh, Michael Wise
    Video Ref:
    Paul Mellor

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    Despite the cliffhanger finish, the Sharks were demonstrably the better team but during the 65th and 75th minute they took their foot off the Warriors' throat.

    Before that, the Sharks played a simple game. Paul Gallen, Andrew Fifita and Sam Tagataese bulldozed their way down field, giving Todd Carney plenty of time and space to pick and choose his passes and kicks.

    However, their intensity dropped and the Warriors turned on the razzle dazzle and nearly snatched the game. Despite their recent run of good form, this is a serious blow to the Warriors who many pundits believed would waltz into the finals, possibly at the expense of the Sharks.

    Good win for the Sharks, but more serious tests await with the ASADA interviews scheduled to take place when they return to Sydney.

    Stay with LeagueHQ for the rest of the evening. At 5.30pm Steve Matai takes on Mitch Allgood (Manly v Eels) before the Rabbitohs seek to reclaim top spot on the ladder when they take on the Cowboys.

    The Sharks hang on. Shaun Johnson chips over the top but Michael Gordon collected possession and threatened to score himself.

    80th min: The Warriors have the ball with 10 seconds left and they get a penalty. One play left. Can the Warriors go 75 metres?

    79th min: Just read the previous post. The exact same happened again.

    78th min: Todd Carney you star. He forces the line drop out by the Warriors. The home team try a short restart but the Sharks a good enough to secure possession. The Warriors need a miracle.

    76th min: Shaun Johnson bombs it! He slices through and just when he gets to Michael Gordon he passes the ball over the sideline. Let off for the Sharks.

    74th min: Just a minute after Andrew Voss said the Warriors have a mountain to climb, not Everest but K2, the man mountain Manu Vatuvei leaps high in the corner and catches the bomb to score. Johnson kicks it from the sideline. WARRIORS 14 SHARKS 18.

    73rd min: TRY Vatuvei

    72nd min: Shaun Johnson drops an easy pass. Momentum lost.

    The Warriors threw everything at the Sharks and just when it looked like they would not crack, Shaun Johnson threw a cut out pass and Hurrell shrugs off Feki to score in the corner. Johnson misses the conversion. WARRIORS 8 SHARKS 18

    69th min: TRY Konrad Hurrell.

    68th min: Trouble for the Warriors. Kevin Locke makes a meal of a Konrad Hurrell pass on his own line. Sharks on the attack but Carney puts it down.

    67th min: The razzle dazzle is back for the Warriors but that just cannot crack it for a try and Nathan Friend is ruled to have a knocked on from dummy half. That ruined that then.

    65th min: Classic catch by Paul Gallen stops a dangerous grubber kick by Thomas Leuluai.

    64th min: Warriors back on the attack with another penalty.

    63rd min: Danger over for the Sharks with Kevin Locke coughing up possession in traffic.

    62nd min: Not much happening for the Warriors but Johnson earns the restart with a deft kick into the in-goal.

    61st min: Dane Nielsen sparks the Warriors with a huge fend and a bullocking run down the left flank. The Sharks concede a penalty and the Warriors are pressing the goal line.

    59th min: It's the Carney and Gallen show for the Sharks. The skipper keeps launching his big frame at the Warriors defence while Carney has the ball on the string. This time he opts to wind down the clock with a deft kick into touch.

    56th min: Todd Carney kicks the penalty goal. WARRIORS 4 SHARKS 18

    55th min: They'll concede another penalty from a bomb. Konrad Hurrell shoves a player out of the way before touching an airborne Feki while the Sharks winger was grabbing the ball. And five tackles later, the Warriors concede another penalty.

    54th min: The Warriors are in a hole, no field position and little possession. What can they do with this set of six?

    NO TRY! It was technical ruling but 100 per cent correct. Feki's foot was on the line just before he kicked it, which meant the last time he touched the ground before touching the ball was outside the field of play. Lucky escape for the Warriors. But I cannot see the Sharks getting beaten in this clash.

    51st min: Try to Feki if the video referee agrees. Todd Carney puts a clever kick through which was only designed to pin the Warriors in the corner but slack defending sees Feki toe the ball through and dives on it.

    48th min: Carney kicks the conversion. Sharks up by 12. WARRIORS 4 SHARKS 16

    Try awarded! Not enough evidence to overturn the referee's original assessment. Ben Pomeroy is in serious trouble. His head hits the ground hard just after he offloaded the pass for the try.

    Video ref: Cronulla may have scored. The referee says try. Andrew Fifita picked up a loose ball, he offloaded to Robson who throws a long ball to the right to Ben Pomeroy who flicks it out the back for Stapleton who scores. Uh Oh! Was Fifita offside when the ball was initially kicked into Robson.

    Ben Pomeroy has not moved by the way.

    44th min: Todd Carney kicks early in the tackle count and he was only one friendly bounce away from a 40-20. The Warriors lose possession three tackles later so the Sharks are back on the attack.

    42nd min: Nothing fancy from the Warriors so far just straight running from the forwards. It's effective with the home side gaining more than 50 metres from the opening set. However, they make a meal of the kick with Konrad Hurrell gifting the ball back to the Sharks with a falcon.

    The Warriors restart the second-half.

    The players are back on now. The lights having taken full effect now as the sun sets in Auckland.

    The Sharks can be well pleased with their performance. Todd Carney was dangerous every time he touched the ball while forwards such as Andrew Fifita and Paul Gallen have run straight and hard.

    The Warriors showed some signs of life at the back end of the half with hard running from both backs and forwards, punctuated by the odd offload. However, the Sharks defensive line have coped well with the ad lib football, as the Warriors often went backwards when they turned on the razzle dazzle.     

    40th min: Matt Elliott may wish to read Vatuvei the rule book. He goes up for a crossfield kick but not before he shoves his opposite number out of the way first. The Sharks hold on to their lead as the halftime siren sounds.

    37th min: Nice kick by Shaun Johnson is defused by Ben Pomeroy but he is driven back into his in-goal. Line drop out.

    36th min: The Warriors are warming into this game with big bodies charging at the Sharks. Konrad Hurrell bulldozes through the first line and earns the penalty. Warriors on the attack now.

    35th min: Paul Gallen has been running strongly in his return from injury.

    33rd min: Mistakes creeping into the game with both teams failing to complete their last sets. The Warriors have the ball on halfway.

    30th min: And the Sharks pay the price. Manu Vatuvei scores. Thomas Leuluai nearly burst through but the next play the ball, the Warriors shift it left. Dane Nielsen nearly crossed but pops the ball to the burly winger who jinked past one and just got the ball over the line. Conversion missed. WARRIORS 4 SHARKS 10

    28th min: Warriors on the attack after Paul Gallen concedes a penalty in the ruck.

    24th min: Elijah Taylor what were you doing. The Sharks pull of a very simple move from the scrum and an inside ball sees Ben Pomeroy stroll over after a poor read in defence by Taylor and Mateo. Carney kicks the conversion. WARRIORS 0 SHARKS 10

    23rd min: Carney's kick cannons into Mateo's legs. The forward dives on it but a knock on is ruled. Sharks on the attack.

    22 min: A very good kick by the Warriors puts Gordon under pressure but he just sneaks into the field of play. And they get the bonus of a penalty.

    20th min: The Sharks survive but not before Kevin Locke nearly puts Nathan Friend over. The commentator says Nathan has not had one all year. I think he is referring to tries, not friends.

    19th min: Nathan Friend caught high by John Morris and they have the ball 30m out from Sharks line.

    17th min: The Sharks are making ground with ease and Carney is causing havoc. A crossfield kick is caught by Nathan Stapleton but the Sharks winger is just brought down before the line. The Warriors escape - for now.

    14th min: Carney finds the upright again, this time from a kick in general play but the Warriors scramble for possession. The crowd are baying for a penalty and the officials oblige. It's their first penalty of the match.

    13th min: Bonus for the Sharks as they get another penalty in the ensuing set of six from the restart. The visitors are on the attack.

    10th min: Wade Graham lays on a superb ball to Jonathan Wright who slices through to crash over almost untouched by the Warriors defence. The conversions attempt by Todd Carney from the sideline collides with the upright and drops away. WARRIORS 0 SHARKS 4

    9th min: The Sharks pound the Warriors line and eventually John Morris puts in a dinky little grubber which is ushered over the dead ball line by the Warriors. Line drop out.

    8th min: Kevin Locke collects an absolute monster of a bomb by Todd Carney but the good work is undone as the Warriors cough up possession a couple of tackles later. The Sharks on the attack.

    6th min: Ben Pomeroy slams the ball down but there is a clear knock-on by Nathan Stapleton after a cross field kick. Not even the video official will be bothered for that call, it was that obvious.

    4th min: A bit of razzle dazzle by the Warriors but probably too much lateral movement and Gordon ends up collecting a hastily organised grubber kick. The Sharks get the first penalty.

    2nd min: First error of the match. The Sharks put it down and the Warriors win the scrum, 40 out from the Sharks line.

    The Warriors march over the halfway line in the first five tackles. Michael Gordon collects the kick on his own 10 metre line.

    The Sharks kick-off.

    Saturday afternoon rugby league is back - in New Zealand, where it is 5.30pm. But 3pm rugby league is what many of us grew up with and it will be interesting to see if the crowds and ratings over the next month support the concept.

    The players are heading out onto Mt Smart Stadium.

    Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, Saturday 3pm (AEST, 5pm local)
    Last meeting: Round 3 2013 - Sharks 28 bt Warriors 4 at Remondis Stadium
    Head-to-head: Warriors 14 Sharks 16
    Referees: Matt Cecchin, Gavin Reynolds
    TV: Live, FoxSports 1
    TAB:
    Warriors $1.45 Sharks $2.80 Draw $26
    FootyTab: Sharks +6.5

    Phil Mitchell writes: It’s a shame the Warriors began the season so poorly; otherwise they would be comfortably ensconced in the top four instead of being on the fringe of the top eight. The Warriors are playing as well as anyone, having won seven of their past eight matches. Not even Souths, the last team to defeat the New Zealanders, and the Roosters can boast such an excellent record over the past two months. But while those clubs are destined for a top-two finish, the Warriors need to win at least half their remaining matches just to make the finals.  The Sharks, who welcome back skipper Paul Gallen for only his second NRL match since round eight, have fond memories of their trip across the Tasman last year – they whipped the Warriors 45-4.

    Phil's tip: Sharks by eight

    AAP writes: The Sharks were impressive in a 28-point thumping of the Panthers on Sunday but, with the club in upheaval after the walkout of CEO Bruno Cullen and the players facing untimely and distracting ASADA interviews, they will be doing very well to hold out the rampant Warriors on their home patch. The Kiwis have won seven of their past eight and knocked over the premiers last week. A big win over the sixth-placed Sharks could even see the two sides trade places on the ladder and the Warriors finally crack the top eight.

    Key: The Sharks have been the big winners out of Todd Carney’s Origin snubbing while Warriors half Shaun Johnson has also been electric and whichever playmaker excels is likely to swing the result.

    WARRIORS: Kevin Locke, Ngani Laumape, Dane Nielsen, Konrad Hurrell, Manu Vatuvei, Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson, Sam Rapira, Nathan Friend, Ben Matulino, Feleti Mateo, Simon Mannering (capt), Elijah Taylor. Interchange: Suaia Matagi, Jacob Lillyman, Todd Lowrie, Dominique Peyroux.

    SHARKS: Michael Gordon, Sosaia Feki, Ben Pomeroy, Jonathan Wright, Nathan Stapleton, Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Andrew Fifita, John Morris, Bryce Gibbs, Jayson Bukuya, Wade Graham, Paul Gallen (capt). Interchange: Isaac De Gois, Chris Heighington, Sam Tagataese, Ben Ross, Tyrone Peachey (one to be omitted).

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    • I'm a Warriors fan and the 51st minute Feki try decision was wrong. Not 100% correct. The slow motion replay clearly shows his foot planted firmly IN play just before he kicks it.
      Have anther look!. A fair try was disallowed.

      Commenter
      Grit
      Location
      Date and time
      August 03, 2013, 8:00PM
    • Why do almost all the sports reporters hate the Sharkies so much? For gods sake man, it is against the Kiwi's.

      Commenter
      Grocer
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 03, 2013, 4:49PM
    • Fifta! What a player. He and Matulino must be the best young props. Different styles but both big with footwork and plenty of minutes. Great to watch.

      Commenter
      Mick
      Date and time
      August 03, 2013, 3:54PM
    • How many tries has Bomberoy bombed so far?

      Commenter
      Sinbad Gordon
      Location
      Date and time
      August 03, 2013, 3:24PM
      • No tries bombed, one try scored.

        Commenter
        Stephen Samuelson
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        August 03, 2013, 3:32PM

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