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Roosters thrash Warriors in Auckland

25/05/2008 04:29:23 PM Comments (0)

The New Zealand Warriors' NRL winning streak at home has come to end after a fiery clash with the Sydney Roosters.

In a physical match that saw Roosters interchange James Aubusson and Warriors centre Brent Tate put on report, the visitors triumphed 38-12 in front of a crowd of nearly 12,000.

Aubusson was ruled to have tackled hooker Nathan Fien high and late, while Tate was alleged to have used an elbow during a heated moment with opposition five-eighth Braith Anasta.

The loss was the Warriors' first this season at Mt Smart Stadium.

The Roosters got off to an explosive start with two quick tries to winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall in the first six minutes.

Despite missing inspirational captain Craig Fitzgibbon and fullback Amos Roberts, the Roosters were rarely troubled by the Warriors, who were boosted by the return of captain Steve Price after nearly 10 weeks on the sidelines.

The Roosters pushed out to a 20-4 lead with four first half tries, the home side reducing the margin with a try to Ian Henderson before the break.

Its conversion and subsequent penalty by Lance Hohaia got the Warriors back to 20-12.

But any hopes of furthering the comeback in the second half were knocked on the head as the Roosters stacked on another three tries to nil in the final 40 minutes.

Kenny-Dowall enjoyed a hat-trick by claiming his third try in the second half while five-eighth and stand-in skipper Anasta bagged a double in a polished all-round display.

With 14 minutes to go the Warriors could have placed themselves back in the match again when Epalahame Lauaki grabbed an intercept but his failure to score left the margin at 14 points.

Then Kenny-Dowall scored the sealer when he bagged an intercept of his own, running 80m before dotting down.

Winger Sam Perrett completed the try-scoring when he latched onto an Anasta kick to cross without a hand on him.

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