David Skipwith is the Herald's rugby league reporter

NRL: Warriors wing Tui Lolohea wants to put torn jersey on his wall

Warriors wing Tui Lolohea is keen to keep his torn jersey from Sunday's thrilling golden point win over the Roosters but has to wait for it to be examined by Canterbury clothing as they look into why it ripped so easily.

With his torn jersey flapping around his neck and shoulders, Lolohea provided the spark for the Warriors' 32-28 win at Gosford when he climbed high to defuse a Roosters attacking bomb before tearing downfield in a jinking run that took him over the halfway line.

The 21-year-old speed merchant evaded a number of defenders before he found Warriors' fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in support, delivering a well-timed inside pass for the No1 to accept before he fended off Shaun Kenny-Dowall's attempted tackle to run in and score the match-winning try.

Lolohea asked if he could keep the jersey as a memento of the memorable victory but will have to wait to receive it after Warriors management sent the shirt to their clothing provider for closer inspection.

"It got ripped late in the second half," Lolohea said.

"It was annoying me late in the game, towards the back end it kept sliding off.

"I asked to keep it. They (Warriors) said they are going to send it into Canterbury just to see why it ripped but I'll be glad to take that jersey home and put it on my wall."

Lolohea makes the break to set up Roger Tuivasa-Sheck's match-winning try against the Roosters. Photo/Getty.
Lolohea makes the break to set up Roger Tuivasa-Sheck's match-winning try against the Roosters. Photo/Getty.

Of his memorable run that has filled highlight reels over the past five days, Lolohea downplayed his own contribution and insisted it was a team effort that provided him with the opportunity to attack.

"It was team effort really, we spoke about that after the game," he said.

"It was a defence set leading into it and Albie (Albert Vete) put on good kick-pressure and made the kick a bit of a poor one from Jackson Hastings, and I actually thought I was going to get smashed since it was a short kick.

"But I managed to get out and play footy. I could hear Roger the whole time and he was in the right place at the right time."

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When asked if he had played in a game with a more dramatic finish he paused for thought before nominating the Warriors' under 20s grand final victory from 2014, when they repelled a late comeback from the Broncos to win 34-32.

"I had one when I was in the 20s in the grand final, when the Broncos came back, but golden point, that's probably been the most dramatic game that we've played in. It was good to be a part of it."

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