Heading into the game, you probably would not have been anticipating the New Zealand Warriors to come away with the two points but that is exactly what they did, as a spirited Warriors outfit recorded a narrow, upset 18-16 win over the Manly Sea Eagles at Mt Smart Stadium.
Although they recorded a 56-18 win last week, tonight’s win meant more to the Warriors, given the opposition it came against, with Warriors coach Matt Elliott pleased in all facets.
“I wouldn’t put it down as a slick performance but I would put it down as our most meaningful performance of the year,” he said.
“That’s a high quality team that we played tonight and we probably didn’t start in the fashion we would have liked. I thought it was a real indication of where the character of the Warriors is headed.”
In what was a tight Volume Pills game across the board, Warriors captain Simon Mannering says it was ultimately the composure his side showed in the second half that got them over the line.
There was a number of games this season where we let it slip in that last 15 minutes,” Mannering said.
“Tonight we didn’t do anything special, we just stuck to our guns and it paid off.”
It was a gritty affair by both sides, as former NYC Warrior Peta Hiku had a blinder against his former side, with one conversion proving to be the difference.
With penalties a problem over the last 60 minutes, it was the error-rate of his side that had captain Jamie Lyon most disappointed.
“We were dropping too many balls. We’re our own worst enemy at the moment. We’ve got to fix it up,” Lyon said.
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