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Jones takes Warriors to golden point win

By Tamara McLean 19/04/2009 04:37:42 PM Comments (0)

Champion halfback Stacey Jones added another chapter to his legend as he masterminded the Warriors' stunning comeback for a 17-16 golden point NRL victory over the Sydney Roosters.

Any lingering doubts about his comeback at age 32 were blown away as Jones capped a super performance with the winning field goal five minutes into extra-time after dragging his team back from the brink when 16-0 down at halftime.

Playing his 243rd NRL match, the Little General scored the Warriors' first try and put up the bombs for the other two which helped lock the scores at 16-all after regular time.

Then, to the delight of 16,309 adoring fans at Mt Smart Stadium he calmly slotted the clincher to snap his team's three-game losing streak and leave the Roosters shattered.

"Stacey certainly turned it on, alright," said relieved Warriors coach Ivan Cleary.

"He's showed over and over again in his career that he's capable of doing that and he did that again today by kicking off our comeback and keeping it going."

Cleary was dismayed by his team's "rabble" of a first half effort, which saw the Roosters score tries through Sia Soliola, Shane Shackleton and Mitchell Pearce.

"Our first halves have been an issue all year, but today was probably the worst half I've seen in four years," Cleary said.

"I don't know what it was. When we were up their end we looked really likely but for some reason we wanted to try to come up with a miracle play, just one guy after the other. Things certainly weren't looking good at halftime."

"I was really disappointed. It was certainly a bit of a confidence issue."

Thank heavens for Jones.

He scored off a wrap-around move with Jacob Lillyman 12 minutes into the second half.

Then he started bombing the left wing where big Manu Vautvei was posted.

A Vatuvei tap down yielded a try to Jerome Ropati before the giant winger grabbed one for himself and Denan Kemp levelled the scores with a penalty goal with five minutes to go.

The Roosters defeat saw the slide to 2-4 this season.

Coach Brad Fittler said his side followed the same pattern as last week when they lost to the Broncos, playing tough in the first half and then making a series of silly mistakes and poor passes.

"We made some really childish errors, really unacceptable, but the effort was excellent," said Fittler.

The home team advantage was strong, with the crowd amping up the Warriors in those last minutes, he said.

"It's just hard over here. The crowd did a fantastic job,.

"They know when to roar, when to make noise, and every time they do they get a reaction."

Skipper Braith Anasta said there was no excuse for the error-riddled second half.

"We tend to be doing that a fair bit, shooting ourselves in the foot with making errors," Anasta said.

"Once we make an error we seem to compound it instead of turning it around."

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