The Sydney Roosters have kept their minor premiership hopes alive, with an emphatic 46-12 win over the New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium in front of 19,000 fans.
The game began in relative drama when the NRL's most senior referee Shayne Hayne was ruled out of the match after injuring his hamstring during the warm-up, this meant that the assist referee David Munro a veteran of just 27 NRL games had to take the senior role with Chris Sutton who has yet to take an NRL game was required to back up after just refereeing the earlier Holden Cup match.
As if the drama wasn't enough, the opening points of the game in just the fifth minute when the Roosters were awarded a Penalty Try, after video referees Steve Clark and Luke Patten had ruled that Thomas Leuluai had illegally dislodged the ball from the grasp of Aiden Guerra who was in the process of scoring by using his feet.
Despite having dominance of the game in the early stages, the Warriors could only come up with the one try and that came through Sam Tomkins who was in the right spot to clean up the tap back and score and after the conversion the scores were level.
The Roosters then made the Warriors pay for not capitalising on back to back penalties and a repeat set when the Roosters replied with their own 80m set before Michael Jennings had too much footwork from close range off the back of a penalty.
The Roosters came back with one more try in the first half when Shaun Kenny-Dowall scored in the repeat set after Sam Tomkins lost the ball, after the conversion the Roosters took a 16-6 to the break.
The second half was a good one for the Roosters with tries seemingly coming at will with the first coming after just one minute of the second half when Anthony Minichello was on the receiving end of a James Maloney burst and pass
Sam Moa crossed for his fifth try of the season before minutes later things got worse for the Warriors when Sebastine Ikahihifo was sent to the sin bin for what the touch judge called "a very late and very deliberate flop" right on his own try line.
Luckily for the Warriors, 12 man period only ended in one try for the Roosters and that came through Isaac Liu who burst his way towards and through the Warriors defensive line to get his try of the afternoon.
The next Roosters try came through Boyd Cordner who flew through some flimsy defence to score off a Jake Friend kick.
The Warriors hit back with just a few minutes to go when Ngani Laumape was able to hold the ball and score in the corner to bring the score back to 40-12.
When most thought the scoring was done, a ever so regular Warriors error gave Michael Jennings a double when the Roosters went from right to left to score and after James Maloney converted it was a 46-12 scoreline.
Next weekend, things get a slightly bit easier for the Warriors who take on the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium next Sunday, meanwhile the Sydney Roosters have another must win match if they want to keep their minor premiership hopes alive when they take on the Melbourne Storm at Allianz Stadium.