Penalties costly for Warriors

The Timaru Warriors have suffered their first loss of the season, going down 30-20 to Woolston in their rugby league division two clash, in Christchurch.

Timaru Warriors player/coach Blair Hanifin said it was a game of attrition, with his team having to chase the game due to ill-discipline.

"We must have conceded 20 penalties during the game ... the boys just needed to keep their mouths shut."

The first try of the season to back-rower Norm Masters, and tries to wing Apo Deer and prop Amosa Anglem were not enough to help the Warriors prevail, after they trailed 12-10 at halftime.

"Too many piggy-backs down the field," Hanifin said. "It's too hard to keep teams from scoring on the back of repeat sets."

Hanifin said his team was missing a bit of size in the forwards and was under-manned on Saturday, having to finish the match with 11 players as injury took its toll.

"It was really physical, I'm still sore."

He said second-rower Aaron Hickey was the stand-out performer in a losing cause.

The Warriors face another road-trip this weekend when they face the Halswell Hornets at the Halswell Domain.

The Timaru Herald