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Mounties overcome send off to defeat Warriors

The Mounties have come from behind to defeat the Warriors 28-22 at GIO Stadium on Sunday afternoon despite playing with a man short for majority of the game.

A dominant second half performance was enough for the Mounties to score 24 unanswered points and overcome Corey Horsburgh’s sending off to win their fifth consecutive game of the season.

The Mounties thought they were first on the board ten minutes in when Aiden Sezer busted through the Warriors defence, only for the try to be disallowed due to an obstruction.

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The Warriors were able to capitalise three minutes later, going straight up the other end and scoring in the corner thanks to winger Setu Tu.

The Warriors added to their lead just two minutes later, with hooker Lawton breaking through and getting a pass off to forward Ligi Sao to cross over next to the post.

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The Mounties went a man down half way through the first half after Corey Horsburgh was penalised for a shoulder charge and sent off as a result.

Five minutes later Mounties winger Andre Niko crossed in the corner and restored hope for the home side, however was unable to convert his own try.

The Warriors added to their lead after a grubber kick was misfielded from Bailey Simonsson and grounded by Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, heading into the sheds with a twelve-point lead.

The Warriors continued their form into the second half early on, scoring within the first minute thanks to a breakaway try from centre Taane Milne.

Six minutes later Mounties prop Royce Hunt muscled his way through plenty of Warriors defenders to score under the posts and reduce the margin.

Two minutes later, five-eighth Ata Hingano got a pass off to Reuben Porter who powered his way through five defenders to plant the ball under the posts as well, exactly like Hunt in the previous set.

The Mounties levelled the scores with twenty minutes remaining after a quick play saw Jarrett Boland cross over in the corner with ease.

Five minutes later the Mounties took the lead for the first time in the match after Niko crossed to score his second of the night, converting it as well to ensure the Mounties a six-point victory.

Mounties 28 (Tries: 2 Niko, Hunt, Porter, Boland. Goals: Niko 4/5) def. Warriors 22 (Tries: Tu, Sao, Tuimavave-Gerrard, Milne. Goals: Pewhairangi 3/4)

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