Miserable Warriors suffer sixth straight NRL loss, Raiders keep finals hopes alive




The Canberra Raiders have kept their NRL finals hopes alive, after outclassing the Warriors 36-16 at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland today.


79 mins - WARRIORS 16 RAIDERS 36

TRY! 18-year-old Isaiah Papali'i crosses over to score his first ever NRL try in first grade after a great barnstorming run by Solomone Kata.

Mason Lino lands the conversion.

77 mins - WARRIORS 10 RAIDERS 36

NO TRY! Jordan Rapana almost comes up with a miraculous try, but the bunker rule he has gone into touch.

73 mins - WARRIORS 10 RAIDERS 36

TRY! Raiders' youngster Nick Cotric waltzes through the Warriors' defence with ease to score his second try of the match. The Warriors will not be happy with that defensive effort off the scrum.

Jarrod Croker lands the conversion.

64 mins - WARRIORS 10 RAIDERS 30

TRY! Jordan Rapana punishes the Warriors after they spill the ball and invite the Raiders back into their own half. Rapana dives over in the corner after a lovely bit of interplay by his teammates Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin.

Jarrod Croker makes no mistake with the boot, keep his 100 per cent record intact for the match. 

60 mins - WARRIORS 10 RAIDERS 24

TRY! Another error by the Warriors invites the Raiders back into the game. The Warriors let in an easy try with BJ Leilua barging over to score. Jarrod Croker is perfect with the boot, landing a rather difficult conversion from the sideline.

57 mins - WARRIORS 10 RAIDERS 18

TRY! Roger Tuivasa-Sheck crosses over to score, opting to take on the line himself after a set play move from the Warriors down the left edge. Good news for the Warriors as Ata Hingano looks to be ok after landing awkwardly on his right leg.

Mason Lino misses the conversion from out wide.

56 mins - WARRIORS 6 RAIDERS 18

Bad news for the Warriors as another player goes down. Ata Hingano goes down in a heap after an awkward tackle, looks as though he has injured his right leg. 

54 mins - WARRIORS 6 RAIDERS 18

Mason Lino is on fire - he comes close to scoring, throwing a dummy and comes up inches short before the try-line. A poor last play option by the Warriors and they hand the pill over to the Raiders. A tricky half for both teams as the wet weather starts to take affect. 

48 mins - WARRIORS 6 RAIDERS 18

GOAL-LINE DROPOUT! The Warriors' playmaker has the ball on the string and forces his third goal-line dropout of the match.

46 mins - WARRIORS 6 RAIDERS 18

GOAL-LINE DROPOUT! Mason Lino again comes up trumps with another well-weighted grubber and forces the Raiders to play at the ball.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
Vodafone Warriors v  Canberra Raiders. NRL Rugby League. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 13 August 2017 © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck tackled by Canberra Raiders' forward Junior Paulo.

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44 mins - WARRIORS 6 RAIDERS 18

A great set by the Warriors and Mason Lino forces the Raiders to play at the ball with a smart grubber into the in-goal. And gets a goal-line drop-out, the Warriors get a repeat set.

40 mins - WARRIORS 6 RAIDERS 18

And we are back! The Raiders kick-off to the Warriors. The Raiders spill the ball inside their own half and the Warriors now have a feed into the scrum just inside the Raiders' 40m line.


Nathaniel Roache.

Nathaniel Roache

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39 mins: WARRIORS 6 RAIDERS 18

Ata Hingano looked to be in the clear but the young Warriors half loses his footing from 10m out and the Warriors butcher a missed opportunity with Bunty Afoa dying with the football on the last tackle.

33 mins: WARRIORS 6 RAIDERS 18

TRY! Warriors' second rower Bunty Afoa falls for a dummy from Blake Austin and he beats three players to the line and dives over to score the Raiders' third try of the match. Jarrod Croker slots the extras. 

31 mins: WARRIORS 6 RAIDERS 12

MISTAKE - The Warriors looking much better on defence, with Ben Matulino and Bunty Afoa putting on some big shots. Just as it looked like the Warriors were starting to get a roll on Issac Luke spills the ball out of dummy half around halfway.

25 mins: WARRIORS 6 RAIDERS 12

TRY! Great ad-lib football by the Warriors. David Fusitua crashes over the left side to score the Warriors' first try. Mason Lino's kick find Fusitua, he offloads Ata Hingano who then offloads to Ben Matulino - a quick series of passes finds Fusitua down the left edge.

Mason Lino converts a tricky conversion from out wide.

22 mins: WARRIORS 0 RAIDERS 12

GOAL LINE DROPOUT - A superb weighted grubber by the Raiders' half Blake Austin with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck forced to play at the ball.

17 mins: WARRIORS 0 RAIDERS 12

TRY! Raiders winger Nick Cotric returns the favour for his skipper Jarrod Croker who crosses the chalk for Canberra's second try of the match. The visitors again find success down the left edge with the Warriors coming up short on defence again on their right flank.

Croker converts his own try.


Solomone Kata has left the field with a shoulder injury. Ken Maumalo comes up with a big defensive effort for the Warriors shoving Jordan Rapana over the sideline just as it looked like the visitors were about to score down the right edge. 


The Warriors get out of trouble with the Raiders losing the ball over the try-line. Ryan Hoffman pounces on the loose ball, the Warriors lucky not to leak in another four-pointer as the visitors looked dangerous on attack.


A good set from the Warriors with Ata Hingano finding touch inside the Raiders' 20m.


TRY! The Raiders make the Warriors pay as Solomone Kata fumbles the ball over the try-line after a grubber kick by Ata Hingano. Raiders' centre Jarrod Croker makes a brilliant break down the left edge and gives the ball to 18-year-old winger Nick Cotric to score. Crocker lands the conversion.

Bad news for the Warriors - looks like Solomone Kata has injured his right shoulder.

5 mins: SCRUM - Mason Lino opts to run it on the last and they almost score the first try of the match down the right edge. But Blake Ayshford spills the pill - lucky for the Warriors the officials rule that the Raiders had knocked the ball on.

3 mins: PENALTY! Junior Paulo has been penalised for a dangerous lifting tackle on Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

2 mins: A solid first set for the Raiders, with Aidan Sezer's kick on the last landing just outside the Warriors' 20m line. A noticeable size difference in packs with the Raiders' forwards with a huge size advantage over the home side.

KICKOFF: And we are underway with the Warriors kicking off to the Raiders.


The Warriors will welcome back influential second rower Ryan Hoffman to their starting side to face the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium today, while Issac Luke is dropped to the interchange bench and Kieran Foran has been scratched from the team with a shoulder injury.

Hoffman has been out of action since late June, injuring his foot in the 21-14 victory over the Bulldogs. Most notably however, the Warriors have not won a single game in his absence, losing their last five consecutive matches.

His return sees youngster Isaiah Papali'i drop to the bench, while Bunty Afoa switches to the right edge to accommodate Hoffman's return.

Luke's axing sees Nathaniel Roache given a rare start at hooker, having scored his first NRL try in last week's 26-10 loss to the Knights.

Roache will start just his third NRL match, having featured 20 times in his short Warriors career.

Warriors playmaker Foran has been ruled out of today's clash with Canberra due to a shoulder complaint.

With halfback Shaun Johnson currently crocked, it has fallen upon the Canterbury-bound Foran to take up the reins as playmaker-in-chief.

But the 27-year-old has struggled to do so in recent weeks, with the Warriors losing five on the trot and falling out of finals contention.

His shoulder issue has forced coach Stephen Kearney to bank on youth for this afternoon's match against the Raiders, with Ata Hingano and Mason Lino to line up in the halves and Roache selected at hooker.

The trio, between them, have played just 36 NRL matches - making them the least experienced hooker-halves combination in the club's history.


WARRIORS: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitua 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 21. Mafoa'aeata Hingano 7. Mason Lino 8. Jacob Lillyman 9. Nathaniel Roache 10. Ben Matulino 11. Bunty Afoa 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Simon Mannering

Interchange: 14. Issac Luke 15. Sam Lisone 16. Isaiah Papalii 18. Jazz Tevaga 20. Chris Satae 22. Charnze Nicoll-klokstad

CANBERRA: V1. Jack Wighton 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Junior Paulo 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Shannon Boyd 11. Josh Papalii 12. Joseph Tapine 13. Elliot Whitehead

Interchange: 14. Kurt Baptiste 15. Clay Priest 16. Dave Taylor 17. Luke Bateman 18. Michael Oldfield 19. Jeff Lima

31 mins: WARRIORS 6 RAIDERS 12
31 mins: WARRIORS 6 RAIDERS 12
40 mins - WARRIORS 6 RAIDERS 18
57 mins - WARRIORS 10 RAIDERS 18
57 mins - WARRIORS 10 RAIDERS 18

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