For the second consecutive week, the One New Zealand Warriors have been outpointed in the SG Ball Cup after suffering a 12-46 loss to an in-form Sydney Roosters side in today’s sixth-round match at the Trusts Arena in Waitakere.
The team’s traded tries in the opening 10 minutes with first the Roosters scoring and then the home side replying through centre Patrick Moimoi to have the contest tied up at 6-6.
From there the tempo changed as the Roosters took control to lead 28-6 at halftime before adding another four tries in the second half to finish well clear.
The only joy for the One New Zealand Warriors was a converted try to winger Raphael Sio midway through the second half.
They suffered a significant blow before the game when they lost winger Sio Kali in the warm-up. Standoff William Piliu was elevated from the bench to start in his place.
The result leaves the One New Zealand Warriors with three wins and two losses. They have six points to sit joint seventh on the ladder but rank ninth on points for and against with a game in hand.
They travel to Sydney next week to meet the Penrith Panthers, the defending premiers.
Trusts Arena, Waitakere
One New Zealand Warriors 12 (Patrick Moimoi, Raphael Sio tries; Etuate Fukofuka conversion; Sefanaia Cowley-Lupo conversion).
Sydney Roosters 46 (Javahn Stevenson-Hala 2, Noah Goodman 2, Haydan Ritchie, Benaiah Ioelu, Zac Sarfati, Jayden Smith, Kade Maguire tries; Cassius Tia conversions).
Halftime: 28-6 Roosters.
One New Zealand Warriors | Ratu Naborisi; Raphael Sio, Patrick Moimoi, Siale Faeamani, William Piliu; Phranklyn Mano-Le-Mamea, Sefanaia Cowley-Lupo; Tanner Stowers-Smith (c), Etuate Fukofuka, Ben Peni; Kayliss Fataialofa, Eddie Ieremia;. Leka Halasima. Interchange: Harry Durbin, Jeriko Filipi-Talisau, Presley Seumanu Tigafua, Rodney Tuipulotu-Vea.