Sharks lose as Warriors mettle proves too good

The New Zealand Warriors have recorded their first win of the season, after beating the Cronulla Sharks in Taupo, NZ – a home game that was that of the Sharks due to a deal they have in place.

The Sharks were not the same team that we have seen in the past two weeks, with even inspirational second-rower Paul Gallen not having his best performance.

Despite the change in venue for their home game however, Sharks coach Stuart Flanagan says that that is not an excuse for his sides loss.

“We’ve known about this for a while so we’re not going to throw that out there as an excuse,” Flanagan said.

“The field is the same size and it was the same conditions, so no excuse.

“I’m disappointed with the result, we were a bit off today and we invited them into the game.

“There were some errors in the second half and we weren’t that good. If you’re a little bit off you know the result.

“They (Warriors) had to win, they were desperate and they played that way.”

With the game relatively even a lot of the time, it was young fullback Fisiiahi scoring a double, that really set the tone for the Warriors win, after some poor performances himself the last couple of weeks.

Warriors captain, and utility Simon Mannering was thrilled with the performance of the young Fisiiahi and had a smile across his face due to the win, and when talking about the young star.

“It brings confidence to the team seeing a young guy come in and put his hand up when it counted, Mannering said.

“When you give him a bit of space he can create things, he’s definitely a good asset for the side.”

Dally M Points

3 Glen Fisiiahi

2 James Maloney

1 Wade Graham

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