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Saturday, 20 April 2019

RTS goes hero to villain in Cowboys clash


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Warriors talisman Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has turned up a game-hinging knock-on to allow the Cowboys back into the fray at Mount Smart Stadium and return home with their second win of the season in a 17-10 rout on Saturday night.

The Dally M Medallist was hero turned villain, taking it upon himself to claim the lead for his troops with a patented solo try, before coughing up possession moments later after attempting to scoop up a ball deep in Warriors territory.

That invited a fresh set of six for Paul Green’s men who wouldn’t need a second bite of the cherry to reclaim the lead heading into the final minutes through Justin O'Neill.

Michael Morgan put the game beyond doubt with a clever field goal as the Warriors will be left to rue their season’s inconsistency.

RTS falls short to Cowboys

Morgan was relatively quiet until his team fell behind early in the second half, setting up a try for Justin O'Neill and a Kahu penalty goal before snapping the field goal that effectively sealed the result.

Morgan also kicked in open play for a massive 470m and gave the Warriors back three few chances to counter.

Kicking was generally an area of the game where they outclassed the home side, who are badly missing injured halfback Blake Green.

The result leaves both teams with a 2-4 record.

RTS puts on the step

Neither would be have sent shiver through the rest of the competition. It was a clunky match where attacking fluency was rarely on show.

The Warriors created more chances but made more mistakes, crashing to their first loss at home this season following big wins over the Bulldogs and Titans.

Winger Ken Maumalo dotted down in the left corner in the 20th minute but the hosts were trailing soon after when Coen Hess took advantage of a Jake Clifford break.

The Warriors spurned several chances either side of the big backrower's try.

Maumalo opens the scoring

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck had his pass intercepted following a sizzling 50m break and David Fusitu'a's apparent try was ruled out when Adam Blair was penalised for obstruction.

Kahu's penalty on the stroke of halftime put the visitors 8-4 up before Tuivasa-Sheck lit up Mt Smart Stadium with a trademark solo try, prising open the defence with his lethal left-foot step.

One jink took him between Clifford and Hess before another left fullback Te Maire Martin grasping at thin air.

However the lead was short-lived, with Tuivasa-Sheck's error gifting the Cowboys an attacking scrum. Morgan's grubber on the first tackle set up former Warriors winger Justin O'Neill.

A Morgan 40-20 led to another penalty goal before his wobbly one-pointer.

Josh McGuire rivalled Morgan as the game's best player, the tough Queensland second-rower running for a game-high 214m and making a team-high 39 tackles.

- with AAP

Warriors talisman Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has turned up a game-hinging knock-on to allow the Cowboys back into the fray at Mount Smart Stadium and return home with their second win of the season in a 17-10 rout on Saturday night.

The Dally M Medallist was hero turned villain, taking it upon himself to claim the lead for his troops with a patented solo try, before coughing up possession moments later after attempting to scoop up a ball deep in Warriors territory.

That invited a fresh set of six for Paul Green’s men who wouldn’t need a second bite of the cherry to reclaim the lead heading into the final minutes through Justin O'Neill.

Michael Morgan put the game beyond doubt with a clever field goal as the Warriors will be left to rue their season’s inconsistency.

RTS falls short to Cowboys

Morgan was relatively quiet until his team fell behind early in the second half, setting up a try for Justin O'Neill and a Kahu penalty goal before snapping the field goal that effectively sealed the result.

Morgan also kicked in open play for a massive 470m and gave the Warriors back three few chances to counter.

Kicking was generally an area of the game where they outclassed the home side, who are badly missing injured halfback Blake Green.

The result leaves both teams with a 2-4 record.

RTS puts on the step

Neither would be have sent shiver through the rest of the competition. It was a clunky match where attacking fluency was rarely on show.

The Warriors created more chances but made more mistakes, crashing to their first loss at home this season following big wins over the Bulldogs and Titans.

Winger Ken Maumalo dotted down in the left corner in the 20th minute but the hosts were trailing soon after when Coen Hess took advantage of a Jake Clifford break.

The Warriors spurned several chances either side of the big backrower's try.

Maumalo opens the scoring

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck had his pass intercepted following a sizzling 50m break and David Fusitu'a's apparent try was ruled out when Adam Blair was penalised for obstruction.

Kahu's penalty on the stroke of halftime put the visitors 8-4 up before Tuivasa-Sheck lit up Mt Smart Stadium with a trademark solo try, prising open the defence with his lethal left-foot step.

One jink took him between Clifford and Hess before another left fullback Te Maire Martin grasping at thin air.

However the lead was short-lived, with Tuivasa-Sheck's error gifting the Cowboys an attacking scrum. Morgan's grubber on the first tackle set up former Warriors winger Justin O'Neill.

A Morgan 40-20 led to another penalty goal before his wobbly one-pointer.

Josh McGuire rivalled Morgan as the game's best player, the tough Queensland second-rower running for a game-high 214m and making a team-high 39 tackles.

- with AAP

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