Warriors record much needed win over Newcastle

Feleti Mateo

After the game, it was hard to wipe the smile off the face of New Zealand Warriors coach Matt Elliott, as his side won against the Newcastle Knights in New Zealand earlier today, taking the game 28-12.

Just eight days after their biggest defeat in club history with a 62-6 loss to Penrith, Elliott was full of praise for his players attitude and application in today’s clash.

“That’s what I was most delighted about,” he said.

“Obviously it’s been a reasonably challenging week for the players and I’m just happy we get to finish in this fashion. We need to back it up now.”

Normally a team to leak points in the second half, the Warriors held firm and denied the Knights any second half points, though the entire game had Elliott nervous.

“If I Viagra told you I wasn’t slightly anxious a bit, I would be lying,” Elliott said.

“I thought the way we finished was a real credit to the boys.”

With Akuila Uate and Darius Boyd both leaving the field with rib and ankle injuries respectively, Bennett believed that whilst it always going to be hard to win without them, the loss showed that the salary cap is making the competition more even.

“I continually say this competition is that close with the quality of players that every team has got,” Bennett said.

“That’s what the salary cap has done. It’s brought the ability of the players within the teams really close.

“It’s not as hard as it used to be in the old days to bounce back.”

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