ROUND 5 - 2008

Date 13th Apr 2008
Venue Mt Smart Stadium
Coach Steve Folkes
Captain Andrew Ryan
Referee Ben Cummins
Crowd 15912
Bulldogs V Warriors
16 36
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Player Tries Goals F Goals Points
Luke Patten 1 0 0 4
Ben Roberts 1 0 0 4
Heka Nanai 1 0 0 4
Hazem El Masri 0 2 0 4

Match Review


1. Luke Patten, 2. Hazem El Masri, 3. Tim Winitana, 4. Willie Tonga, 5. Heka Nanai, 6. Ben Roberts, 7. Daniel Holdsworth, 8. Jarrad Hickey, 9. Corey Hughes, 14. Chris Armit, 11. Sonny Bill Williams, 12. Andrew Ryan, 13. Lee Te Maari.
Interchange: 10. Justin Tsoulos, 15. Danny Williams, 16. Brad Morrin, 17. Michael Sullivan


Match Review:

Despite trailing 12-10 at the break, the hosts stormed home with four second-half tries to blast their opponents off the turf at their Mt Smart Stadium fortress.

Manu Vatuvei scored either side of the interval and made two line breaks, while full-back Lance Hohaia capped an industrious performance of 214 running metres with a late four-pointer.

Dejected Kiwi international Sonny Bill Williams said the Bulldogs were outclassed by the rampant Warriors attack in the second half.

"I was very disappointed, it is always good to come back here but the Warriors were just to good for us," Williams said.

"We had a lot of possession early in the second half we couldn't convert, and to the Warriors' credit they came back and just steamrolled us.

"Each week I look forward to playing footy, everything off the field is settled now and I'm just trying to play consistent footy."

The Bulldogs came back into the match after a poor start to the first-half when captain Andrew Ryan broke away and passed to full-back Luke Patten, who raced away to score.

Roberts then forced his way over and Hazem El Masri's conversion put the visitors in front 12-10 at the break.

But Heka Nanai's lone try was all the Bulldogs could muster in the second half as the Warriors ran in four times through Vatuvei, Hohaia, Sonny Fai and skipper Ruben Wiki.

The Warriors' third home win follows previous successes against the Knights and the Eels, but the New Zealanders face a tough fortnight on the road in Queensland against the Cowboys and the Titans.

Warriors: 36 (M Vatuvei 2, P Ah Van, R Wiki, L Hohai, S Fai tries; M Witt 5 conversions, penalty goal)

Bulldogs: 16 (L Patten, B Roberts, H Nanai tries; H El Masri 2 conversions)