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Live: Warriors v Bulldogs

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FULLTIME: WARRIORS 16 BULLDOGS 24 in Wellington
That was the Bulldogs of old. A great comeback from the Bulldogs. You can't help but feel for the Warriors who showed some real fight tonight. They came up against a dogged Bulldogs side that was back at full strength for the first time this season. Big efforts from James Graham, Trent Hodkinson and Frank Pritchard for the visitors while Glen Fisiiahi and Ben Henry were strong despite losing for the Warriors.

Fox Sports spoke to Bulldogs captain Micahel Ennis after the game.
"We asked to boys to dig deep and asked the boys showed some will and fight ... It's a tough road trip to come over here and win."

 

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77th min: TRY Bulldogs. Josh Reynolds picks up a lose ball from Feleti Mateo before streaking to the line to all but end the match. Glen Fisiiahi couldn't make up enough ground on the playmaker.
Trent Hodkison converts for the third time from the sideline. He's been masterful with the boot.
Warriors 16 Bulldogs 24

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75th min: Try Bulldogs: Ben Barba scores a controversial try with hints of interference. The crowd don't like it but the Warriors defender appeared to slip rather have contact made with him by the runner. THe Bulldogs have tohe chance to take the lead with five minutes to go.
Trent Hodkinson converts from the sideline for the second time tonight with a beautiful kick.
Warriors 16 Bulldogs 18

73rd min: With one of the best falcon's in history, Michael Ennis took a bomb on his head while issuing out a hit to Fisiiahi. Surely that has to be the best falcon in history.

70th min: Thrilling match in the balance here. Bulldogs have the edge in attack at the moment but the Warriros defence, led by the youngster Glen Fisiiahi has held the last couple of sets. The next ten minutes will be a real test of the Warriros.

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66th min: Glen Fisiiahi takes another bomb before restarting by attacking the huge Bulldogs pack. He's not aftaid of anything the Flying Fish.

65nd min: Great defence Warriors. Ben Henry and Simon Mannering thwart a Bulldogs move out wide. Huge crowd here at the Cake Tin in Wellington - 30,112.
Warriors 16 Bulldogs 12

59th min: Finally the Warriors have settled. The next try will be telling as Bill Tupou controls a 40m kick with his foot with plenty of finesse.

Telling hand: Thomas Leuluai scores for the Warriors earlier in the match.
Telling hand: Thomas Leuluai scores for the Warriors earlier in the match. Photo: Chris Skelton
Hungry: Sam Kasiano's desire on display for the Bulldogs.
Hungry: Sam Kasiano's desire on display for the Bulldogs. Photo: Getty Images

No doubt the Bulldogs' apetite is back in the second half.

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Penalty relieves pressure for the Warriors. Bulldogs players caught offside.

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Surely it won't be long before the Bulldogs take the lead. They are a different side in this second half. Or should I say the Warriors are a different side, they haven't seen the ball.

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49th min: Beautiful atypical try from the Bulldogs. Sam Perrett crosses the line on the end of a fluent passing move from the Bulldogs. Big men hitting up the centre before spreading the ball wide through hands to the winger in a move that included three cut out passes. James Graham is getting involved in this one. Haven't they missed him.
Trent Hodkinson converts from the sideline. great kick!
Warriors 16 Bulldogs 12.

48th min: Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis cleaned up Thomas Leuluai in a hit that shook the stadium.

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47th min: I can't believe my eyes - did Ben Barba just kick for Frank Pritchard. The big man stretched his legs to get there. Was that straight out of Des Hasler's playbook? I'm sure the Warriors defence didn't foresee for that one.
Warriors 16 Bulldogs 6

43rd min: Hit the crossbar. Trent Hodkinson's cross field kick hit's the crossbar before Glen Fisiiahi cleans up for the Warriors.

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Second half underway here in Wellington.

Cool customer: crowd favourite Manu Vatuvei kisses his wrist band after scoring the opening try. The powerful winger has ...
Cool customer: crowd favourite Manu Vatuvei kisses his wrist band after scoring the opening try. The powerful winger has recently re-signed with the Warriors. Photo: Getty Images

Sought after: New Zealand's Manu Vatuvei.

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Handful: Sam Kasiano of the Bulldogs.
Handful: Sam Kasiano of the Bulldogs. Photo: Getty Images

Halftime: Bulldogs 16 Warriors 6

Wow - what a half. End to end stuff at Westpac Stadium. THe Warrios ruled the first 25 minutes before the Bulldogs started to work their way back into the game. Three tries to one in this one. The young Glen Fisiiahi has been outstanding for the Warriors as has Manu Vatuvei. The Warriors quick passes have been telling. Frank Pritchard the pick for the Bulldogs with his offloads. He's made some telling offloads however he has made a couple of errors.

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37th min: The Bulldogs have picked up the pace since their try. Can they capitalise before halftime?

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36th min: Try to the Bulldogs who have finally woken up in this contest. Big Frank Pritchard provided a beautiful one-handed offload to captain Michael Ennis who just had to fall over the line.
Trent Hodkinson converts.
Warriors 16 Bulldogs 6

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