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globalrugbyleague - Mon, 23 Feb 2009 07:27:00 GMT
Unstoppable winger Manu Vatuvei played the role of superman during the Warriors' trial win over the cowboys on Sunday.

Vatuvei came to the rescue in the 75th minute to break a 28-all deadlock to give the home side their second straight trial win and with that further hope that this could be their year.

We really shouldn't be surprised either if the Otara Scorpions junior becomes a pemanent go to man based on what we've seen during the off-season.

This is the same gifted bloke who scored 22 tries in 23 matches for both club and country including 16 for the Warriors in 17 matches last year.

Plus it's hard to forget he became only the fourth player in World Cup history and the first New Zealander to score four times in a World Cup match.

Forecasts of an entertaining and spirited contest match were spot-on though the Cowboys took baby steps early on after giving away a generous a 10-0 lead courtesy of two tries to Patrick Ah Van and former Broncos star Joel Moon.

Neil Henry's men rolled their sleeves up and fought back through touchdowns to Ben Farrah and Willie Tonge before Lance Hohaia cut through the Cowboys defence on his own line and raced 90 metres to score.

Before the break and immediately after it the Warriors gave away some silly tries to the Cowboys via Shane Tronc, Carl Webb and Johnathan Thurston, giving the visitors a 28-16 lead with 20 minutes remaining.

But the presence and experience of Stacey Jones in these situations helped New Zealand spoil the party with three tries in 11 minutes, setting the scene for Manu Vatuvei to slip three defenders in a powerful surge to the line.

NRL TRIAL RESULTS UPDATE

Melbourne 32 d Newcastle 24
St George 24 d Bulldogs 12
Parramatta 18 d Penrith 10
New Zealand 32 d North Queensland 28
roosters 16 d Wests Tigers 12
Gold Coast 40 d Cronulla 16
Manly 34 London Harlequins 26 - Read More, Here