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Apr 23, 2013
Women's Warriors suffer from a sour taste of Honey


Last updated 20:43, September 15 2018

New Zealander Honey Hireme scored a try to help sink the Warriors.

The Warriors' hopes of making the NRLW Grand Final are in a perilous state thanks to arguably New Zealand's most famous female rugby league player, Honey Hireme.

The Dragons beat the Warriors 22-10 Sydney on Saturday night, with Hireme, often known as Honey Bill Williams, helped secure the win and the irony of it wasn't missed.

Despite being a dual international for New Zealand in league and rugby, she was picked up by the Dragons for the inaugural year of this competition and the 37-year-old showed she's still a player with plenty of class, scoring one of her team's tries.

But it wasn't just Hireme who excelled, a number of Dragons players stood out, while the Warriors were dreadfully disappointing.

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In the third minute the Dragons' Shakiah Tungai scored a lung busting 85m try as she intercepted a pass from fullback Apii Nicholls.

Tungai, who plays on the wing, then kicked the conversion to give the Dragons a 6-0 lead.

Three minutes later Hireme scored the Dragons' second try, breaking down the left edge and showing plenty of speed.

Winger Langi Veainu was held up over the line in the 10th minute, but the Warriors were beginning to exert pressure on the Dragons' goal line defence.

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The Dragons' Keeley Davis was sin binned in the 13th minute for slowing down the play and the Warriors almost scored straight after, but Alice Vailea lost the ball when trying to ground it over the line.

The Warriors blew another scoring opportunity later in the half, through a forward pass, while for the second week in a row they took poor options on the last tackle.

The Warriors were guilty of ball watching when a kick went into the corner in the 37th minute and winger Rikeya Horne gathered it and ran in for the Dragons' third try.

With the game slipping away, Warriors put up a speculative bomb four minutes later and it took a fortunate bounce towards Raquel Anderson for the try.

But the Dragons reasserted their command and in the 46th minute Jessica Sergis sidestepped two defender and fought off a couple more for her team's fourth try.

Late in the game the Warriors bombed another try, but they did score again when Sarina Clark hit the Dragons' defensive wall and managed to ground the ball on the line.

However, there wasn't enough time for a comeback and the Dragons take both points from this game.

The loss means the Warriors are likely going to need to defeat the unbeaten Broncos next week to play in the Grand Final.

But if they lose and the Roosters beat the Dragons in the other game, it will come down to points differential.

Dragons 22 (Shakiah Tungai, Honey Hireme, Rikeya Horne, Jessica Sergis tries; Tungai 3 goals) Warriors 10 (Raquel Anderson, Sarina Clark tries; Apii Nicholls goal) HT: 12-0

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