Vodafone Warriors undone by second half blitz
Mounties remain atop of the competition table after a 30-26 victory over the Warriors in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW.
Mounties were forced to come from 20-12 down at half-time and started the second half on fire with three tries in the space of five minutes to ensure the victory at GIO Stadium.
Match: Mounties vs Warriors
Round 9 -
Venue: GIO Stadium
A knock on with the first possession of the game from the Warriors saw the Mounties open the scoring in their first set of six with Tyler Cornish throwing a cut-out pass to Michael Oldfield to go over untouched.
A pin-point kick from Warriors halfback Zac Santo with six minutes on the clock forced an error from Sitiveni Moceidreke resulting in the easiest of tries to Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad to level the scores.
The points continued to flow 13 minutes in with Oldfield grabbing his second try following yet another lovely cut-out pass from Cornish linking with his centre to re-gain the lead.
The score was levelled once again with Warriors five-eighth Chanel Harris-Tavita stepping off his left foot to beat two defenders and score next to the posts
Ten minutes before the break and repeat sets on the Mounties try line eventually took its toll when Hayze Perham threw a cut out pass of his own to find Nicoll-Klokstad who acrobatically scored his second in the corner.
Just minutes later and the Warriors extended their advantage to eight with a short side raid with Sam Cook finding Cole Wakka from dummy half to power his way over the line to lead 20-12 at the break.
The first minutes of the second half and the Warriors should have added to their lead when Joseph Vuna put the ball down with the try line in sight.
A period of dominance from Mounties followed the missed chance with three tries in the space of five minutes.
Moceidreke sliced his way through the defence on the half way line before linking with Brad Abbey to score under the posts and cut the advantage to two.
The Mounties had all the momentum early in the second half and grabbed the lead back with a well weighted grubber from Cornish allowing Oldfield to touch down and grab his hat-trick.
The following kick-off from the Warriors went dead on the full and the next set from the Mounties resulted in more points with hooker Craig Garvey barging his way over from close range.
A consolation try on the siren from the Warriors as James Bell put Ligi Sao over next to the posts as the Mounties ran out 30-26 winners.
Mounties 30 (M Oldfield 3, S Moceidreke, C Garvey tries; S Moceidreke 5 goals) def Warriors 26 (C Nicoll-Klokstad 2, C Harris-Tavita, Wakka tries; C Harris-Tavita 3 goals)