17 Jun 2013

Warriors topple Roosters for fourth straight win

7:46 am on 17 June 2013

The Warriors' remarkable mid-season revival in the National Rugby League continued last night with a stunning upset over the high-flying Sydney Roosters.

Since their record 56-point loss to Penrith last month, Matthew Elliott's men have won four on the trot and claimed their biggest scalp yet with a 23-12 defeat of the Roosters.

The Warriors took an early 10-nil lead, and capped the game with an 85-metre try to fullback Glen Fisiiahi and a 90-metre sprint by winger Manu Vatuvei in the final 20 minutes.

Halfback Shaun Johnson was back to his best with an inspirational performance in Sydney, despite playing with a groin injury, and he was able to save a runaway try by Michael Jennings, chasing down the Roosters speedster in the first half.

It was a frustrating loss for the Roosters, who wasted another top-shelf performance from star back-rower Sonny Bill Williams who had sparked a two-try blitz in the final five minutes of the first half to give the home side a two-point halftime lead.

The Warriors are risen from rock bottom to 11th place on the table.