The Dolphins have concluded their inaugural season in the NRL with a resounding 34-10 victory over the Warriors at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday. Led by coach Wayne Bennett, the Dolphins notched their ninth win of the year, sealing a remarkable debut campaign that began in March with a stunning upset against the Roosters.
The Dolphins wasted no time in asserting their dominance, as Jack Bostock soared into the left corner to score the opening try in the eighth minute. Jamayne Isaako converted from a difficult angle, giving the Dolphins an early 6-0 lead.
In the 24th minute, the Dolphins extended their advantage when Sean O’Sullivan crossed the line after sustained pressure. Jarrod Wallace‘s impeccable inside pass found Isaiya Katoa in support, allowing the Dolphins to capitalise on their weight of possession and take an 18-0 lead after 28 minutes.
The Warriors almost opened their account soon after when halfback Ronald Volkman attempted a clever grubber kick for himself. Unfortunately, he couldn’t control the ball as he tried to touch it down, denying the Warriors an opportunity to score.
The NRL‘s leading try-scorer, Jamayne Isaako, continued to shine as he finished off a slick attacking raid with his 24th try of the season. The Dolphins exploited the undermanned Warriors defense, showcasing their attacking prowess.
The Warriors showed more resilience in the second half, displaying improved defensive efforts. Tom Ale‘s strong tackle on Sean O’Sullivan sent a message that the Warriors were not going to go down without a fight.
In the 58th minute, Freddy Lussick crashed over from dummy half, bringing the Warriors within 16 points and igniting a glimmer of hope for Andrew Webster‘s men. The Warriors continued to build momentum when Josh Curran made a break from deep in his territory, finding Adam Pompey who then linked up with Marcelo Montoya for a quickfire double.
However, a penalty against Warriors debutant Paul Roache for a dangerous tackle released the pressure on the Dolphins. They quickly capitalised on this reprieve with Max Plath crossing the line off a brilliant lead-up play by Kodi Nikorima. Despite the Warriors threatening to mount a comeback, a desperate defensive effort by Valynce Te Whare prevented any further points for the Dolphins.
In the dying minutes of the game, veteran forward Kenny Bromwich added to the Dolphins‘ tally with a late try, securing a comprehensive 34-10 win for his team. The Warriors, on the other hand, were outclassed, suffering their biggest defeat of the season as they head into the finals series.