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Warriors coach happy with opening hitout

14/02/2010 01:11:16 PM Comments (0)

Warriors coach Ivan Cleary was a satisfied man after watching his side kick off its 2010 NRL campaign with a 26-8 trial win over the Sydney Roosters in Rotorua on Saturday night.

The Warriors produced a strong second half performance, the highlight of which was an impressive display from new halfback Brett Seymour in his first outing for his new club.

After stints with Brisbane and Cronulla, Seymour was handed the captaincy on debut and looked accomplished in all he did in the 55 minutes he had on the field.

"It was typical of a first hit-out of the season but there were plenty of things to be pleased about," Cleary said.

"Some of our young players really impressed and I thought we controlled the game well in the second half after a bit of a scratchy period in the second quarter.

"Brett Seymour was very good with his all-round game and the way he organised the side."

The match was Seymour's first outing in more than eight months after he was shown the door by Cronulla for a series off-field indiscretion midway through 2009.

After winger Kevin Locke climbed to snaffle a James Maloney bomb for the opening try in the ninth minute, the Warriors conceded two tries in the second quarter to trail 8-4 with halftime in sight.

But in the dying seconds, dummy half Aaron Heremaia sniped not once but twice from dummy half and speared through for a try that took his side to a 10-8 lead on the back of Seymour's conversion.

There was just one try again in the third quarter for the home side, a delightful flick pass from Alehana Mara handing centre Patrick Ah Van a try wide out which Locke failed to convert.

The Warriors stitched together a convincing final quarter with two tries, the first the most spectacular of the match when winger Bill Tupou cut down the touchline, found his centre partner Joel Moon in support, who then hurled the ball infield for Heremaia to score his second try.

Hooker Ian Henderson was forced from the field with a knee injury in the final quarter, Cleary admitting the dummy half could be in doubt for the opening round of the NRL season.

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