Ryan Hoffman of the Warriors makes a run against Kalifa Faifai Loa of the Dragons  at Mt Smart Stadium. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images.
Ryan Hoffman of the Warriors makes a run against Kalifa Faifai Loa of the Dragons at Mt Smart Stadium. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images. Anthony Au-Yeung

Try controversy sours Warriors win over Dragons

THE Warriors have broken a 3213-day winless hoodoo against the Dragons with a 26-10 win at Mt Smart Stadium.

That 11-game losing streak went back to 2007, and the hosts' win was all the more admirable given 10 players were unavailable either through injury or being dumped to reserve grade for breaking team protocol.

But the win was not without some controversy, with the dreaded obstruction rule rearing its ugly head once more.

Dragons halfback Benji Marshall - in his return from a hamstring injury - looked to have scored a legitimate try with his team trailing 12-6 in the 28th minute.

But he was denied after by the bunker because Warriors defender Ryan Hoffman was deemed to have been impeded by a Dragons decoy runner, despite Marshall receiving the ball 15m away.

The decision highlighted the significant level of inconsistency with the obstruction interpretation at the moment. It was only on Anzac Day last Monday when former player Luke Patten awarded a try to Melbourne's Cooper Cronk against the Warriors, saying there was obstruction leading up to the try, but it was too far away to affect the play.

Yesterday was a similar situation, but the ruling went the other way, and Patten's method of discretion was not used.

The Dragons, however, were poor in the second half, making 10 errors. The Warriors scored four tries to two, with two players not originally selected earlier in the week - Matthew Allwood and Jeff Robson - grabbing four-pointers.

WARRIORS 26 (S Johnson, M Allwood, C Gubb, J Robson tries; S Johnson 5 goals) DRAGONS 10 (E Aitken, K Faifai Loa tries; G Widdop goal)

Crowd: 12,752 at Mt Smart Stadium yesterday afternoon



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