The Sharks and Knights clash in Redcliffe, as the Warriors celebrate a 24-10 triumph over the Bulldogs
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Warriors still in finals hunt
The Warriors have kept themselves in the race for the finals, with a Reece Walsh try and assist proving the difference in a 24-10 defeat of Canterbury.
Walsh chased down Chanel Harris Tavita’s deft kick to score after he had earlier floated a pass that put hulking winger Edward Kosi over in what was Redcliffe’s first NRL match.
It was the Warriors’ third straight win — a three-year first — and leaves them just one win outside the top eight and needing victories over Brisbane, Canberra and Gold Coast on the run home to potentially sneak into finals.
Coach Nathan Brown’s side had the better of the contest but could not build a comfortable gap, with Jayden Okunbor’s try bringing the Bulldogs back within six points at half-time.
Walsh scored to begin the second half but the Bulldogs hung around, crossing for what they thought was a try off a Kosi knock-on that would have reinstated the six-point buffer.
It was denied on review though when Sione Katoa was deemed to have hit Kosi high, with the Warriors earning a penalty and Katoa seemingly lucky to remain on the field.
Kosi then dropped the ball over the line as a Warriors try went begging, before Walsh easily booted a penalty goal from 40 metres out to put them up 24-10 with 14 minutes to play.
Earlier, Josh Curran had powered the Warriors to an early lead. His direct running earned him the first try of the match before he offloaded to Jazz Tevaga for the side’s second.
In between Sean O’Sullivan’s flat pass was intercepted by Bulldogs centre Aaron Schoupp, who raced 60 metres for a try in the fourth minute.
Trent Barrett’s players could not add to their total in the second half, while Canberra loan player Ryan James was placed on report for tackling Harris Tavita in mid-air, and Katao was reported twice for high contact.
The loss all but ensured the Bulldogs will finish with the wooden spoon.