Their fans would be the first to admit that their season has been riddled with inconsistency but when on song, they are a dangerous side and for the New Zealand Warriors, they have put in what is perhaps their best performance of the season so far with a resounding win over the Wests Tigers.
It was the Tigers who burst out of the blocks and were leading 12-0, before the Warriors went on a scoring spree and put on 5 unanswered tries.
To further complicate matters for the Tigers, both James Tedesco and Cory Paterson went off with concussion related injuries and it took its toll on the Tigers side, forced to play out the game with just 15 men.
There was also an injury for Tigers forward Sauaso Sue, who will miss a few weeks as a result.
There were also injury concerns for the Warriors, with centre Jerome Ropati suffering a suspected broken jaw – an injury that is likely to keep him out of action for a while.
The win was one that finally ended the Warriors hoodoo in Wellington – a venue that saw previous wins elude them – as they put on a clinical display to overpower the Tigers side.
The win was the Warriors first at Wellington in seven visits since 2001.
Although the players and the team are excited about the win, they are all disappointed to see Ropati injured again, who has had a bad run of injuries over the last few seasons.
“The boys are pretty down, it’s hard to get too excited in there because we’re all down about that,” Elliott said.
“The boys were enjoying having him in the team, he brings a real solidarity around him so he’s going to be sorely missed.”
With a solid display by all it was Glenn ‘The Fish’ Fisiiahi that was the star finisher, as he recorded an astonishing four tries – a feat rarely seen in rugby league these days.
The result means that both teams now sit and 2 wins and 2 losses and for the Tigers, it was the back end portion of the game that coach Mick Potter feels let his side down.
“At the back end of the game we weren’t in good shape in terms of who could play,” Potter said.
“And because we did have people out of position, we weren’t as fluent as we should have been.”
3. Glen Fisiiahi
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