17 Jul 2011

Warriors crush Bulldogs at Mt Smart

8:18 am on 17 July 2011

The Warriors have recorded their biggest win of the National Rugby League season after crushing the Canterbury Bulldogs 36-12 at Mt Smart Stadium.

The victory lifts Ivan Cleary's men to outright sixth on the NRL ladder, further cementing their place in the top eight, while the Bulldogs slip to 11th.

The Bulldogs skipper Andrew Ryan says his players felt responsible after their week from hell continued with the demoralising thumping at the hands of the Warriors.

The Bulldogs, who were being coached by Jim Dymock after Kevin Moore's resignation on Thursday, squandered a 12-0 lead as the powerful Warriors trampled their guests with 36 unanswered points.

Once the Warriors got a share of possession they never looked back, securing back-to-back victories and maintaining their top eight spot.

Promising back-rower Elijah Taylor scored the first of the home side's six tries as he powered through a gaping hole inside Jamal Idris.

The collared Dogs lost the venom and spark from their opening burst.

They fell off tackles and five-eighth James Maloney, who had a 16-point haul, took full advantage as he scored from a run-around with skipper Simon Mannering to level it up in the 29th minute.

Lance Hohaia went straight through a stagnant Kris Keating from dummy-half to break the 12-12 half-time deadlock just five minutes after the interval.

Soon after, Idris was placed on report for an innocuous swinging arm on Feleti Mateo in the 46th minute.

In his 50th match for the Warriors, Aaron Heremaia picked the opportune moment for a brace and his first try was one to remember.

A 50-metre scoot from the ruck was highlighted with a sweet left-foot step to leave an off-colour Ben Barba clutching at air.

Mateo charged on to a Shaun Johnson short ball to crash over for the ultimate killer blow that broke the Dogs' back in front of 12,012 fans.