Warriors lose lead to classy Roosters

A JAY Melrose try in the dying seconds of the first half after some lacklustre Wattles' defence can be considered the game breaker in the TRL Round 7 clash at Platz Oval yesterday.

The Warriors never really recovered during a second half littered with errors eventually losing 34-28.

The National Farmer's Warehouse Wattles side led 16-12 five minutes before the half-time break, but Roosters' tries to David Murphy and Melrose had Valleys ahead.

David Murphy's performance was key to Valleys gaining the two premiership points in an impressive all-round performance, the big centre rolling in another two tries on the back of a double against Souths last week.

Matt McCarthy steamrolled over for a try in the 50th minute, the ledger then level at 22-all until the 72nd minute when Kahara Waaka touched down for Valleys to break the deadlock.

Wattles finished on a high note when fullback Brenden Wilson scored in the final minute off a Nick Schnitzerling high ball.

The Warriors injury list continues to grow, running on against Valleys without the halfback pairing of Matt and Ryan Duggan, originally named in the line-up.

New Railway Hotel Allora Wattles reserve grade skipper Jason Nightingale played a captain's knock as he led his side in a 36-22 loss to Valleys.

A shorthanded Wattles Allora Foodworks under 18 side trailed 30-16 before going down to Valleys 54-36.



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