Warriors 34 d Titans 12

NZ Warriors NRL 2009The NZ Warriors continued their strong trial form with an impressive win over the fancied Titans 34-12 in Lismore last night.

It took both sides some time to settle in, with early errors littering the match. When the dust settled, the Warriors forwards have begun to railroad through the Titans defence – giving half Nathan Fien and the dangerous Wade McKinnon plenty of room to work their magic.

The Warriors scoring first through Brent Tate, after brushing some average Titans goal line defence before the 15 minute mark.The Warriors continued to pitch a tent at the Titans end, their new five-eighth Joel Moon impressing, setting up an early try with a quality kick for Denan Kemp to score right in the corner.

The Titans got an early chance through Esi Tonga, but the Warriors defence scrambled – Kemp pulling off a try saving tackle.

The Titans eventually worked their way into the game and had plenty of chances, but without half Scott Prince they lacked the final piece to the puzzle and had several cases of white-line fever. Prince was given leave due to a personal commitment.

Fien continues to grow in his half back role, nailing a 40-20 before half time and setting up another try for his side. McKinnon using the possession to burst onto the ball from the scrum and score a hot try going into the break.

NZ ahead 14-0 at the break.

Gold Coast boss John Cartright seemingly happy with his combinations and resting most stars for the 2nd half, preferring to give game time to several rookies.

This didn’t phase the Warriors, who continued to steamroll through their opponents – giving them a great warm-up for Round 1.

It was dejavu for Fien in the 2nd term, again his kicking was powerful – pulling off another 40/20 and the scrum gave Joel Moon his chance to replicate McKinnons effort to score a strong NZ try.

Such is the power in the Warriors backline, plenty of sides should be fearing them. McKinnon was in great touch, combining well with Brent Tate to give the Titans nightmares on the fringes.

It took over 60 minutes for the Gold Coast to get a try, with rookie half Brad Davis scoring a short range burrow try for his side to save face.

An stylish effort from Shannon Walker who was the full-in fullback for William Zillman in the second half, saw the Titans get another late 4 pointer, before the Warriors finished with a final try to close out a strong effort to the Kiwi side.

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