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Vodafone Warriors bag 20-point win over Titans
The Vodafone Warriors secured a good 26-6 win over the Gold Coast Titans in Saturday night's fourth-round clash at Mount Smart Stadium.
The Vodafone Warriors kept the Titans to zero for 75 minutes, in what was an exciting display from the home side.Speaking after the game, captain Simon Mannering claimed he was happy with the efforts from his charges.
“We still could get better, but it was big improvement on last week,” said Mannering after his 150th games for the club and his 50th as captain.
The Vodafone Warriors made their intentions clear early on. A penalty gave them the opportunity to go on the attack. A towering kick from Shaun Johnson meant both fullbacks went into the air, with William Zillman knocking the ball on to Elijah Taylor who carried three Gold Coast defenders with him on the way to the try line.
Manu Vatuvei went close minutes later, flying high to claim another monster kick from Johnson. But it was ruled that he hit the sideline and grounded the ball simultaneously, letting the Titans off the hook.
But Vatuvei redeemed himself in the 32nd minute, crossing in the corner. The 2011 grand finalists were lining up down the left edge, and some quick hands found ‘The Beast’, as he yet again flirted dangerously with the touch line. Maloney was unable to convert from the sideline, with the margin remaining at 10.
It was the final act of the first half which would prove to be the most spectacular, with the home side scoring an amazing length-of-the-field try. The Titans were poised to post their first points of the match, but Dominique Peyroux was unable to collect a grubber from Scott Prince. Jerome Ropati pounced on the ball, and got it to Johnson, who found a rampaging Vatuvei. He almost scored himself, but was run down by Zillman and Nate Myles. The Titans were unable to stop Johnson following the play the ball, as he danced his way across the line.
Maloney missed his second kick of the match, leaving the score at 14-0 at the break.
Some poor defence around the ruck allowed Mannering to score 10 minutes into the second half. The skipper celebrated his 150th game by bursting through some feeble Gold Coast defence to increase his side’s winning margin.
VODAFONE WARRIORS - 26
(S Johnson 2, E Taylor, M Vatuvei, S Mannering tries; J Maloney 3/5 goals)
GOLD COAST TITANS - 6
(L O'Dwyer try; S Prince 1/1 goal
Mon, Mar 26th 2012
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