Saturday June 21, 2014 @ 05:30pm
New Zealand Warriors
Brisbane Broncos
Mt Smart Stadium
Half time Score: 13
Crowd: 16025
Half time Score: 6

Match Review

As 16,000 fans celebrated onesie night at the footy, the New Zealand Warriors have scored a 19-10 victory over the Brisbane Broncos at Mt Smart Stadium.

Early on all the pressure came from the Broncos who took advantage of the excellent field position that was being offered to them after the Warriors struggled to hold the ball.

Despite the strong field position, the Broncos only managed to score the one try and that came through hooker Jake Granville who ran from dummy half to score after going through some flimsy defence to get the try and after the conversion the Broncos lead 6-0.

The Warriors then began to hit their straps late in the first half, however their first try came against the run of play when Feleti Mateo showed good hands and put Ben Henry through into empty space and he scored, following the conversion scores were locked up at 6-6.

The Warriors then put some good attack in once again and it was Konrad Hurrell who was able to find the gap and get the four points for the Warriors, Shaun Johnson had no problems converting and the score went out to 12-6.

Shaun Johnson then extended the halftime lead for the Warriors to 7 when he slotted a field goal with seconds to go before the halftime break.

The second half was played in wet conditions and it was a scrappy affair from both sides with just two tries scored in the half.

It wasn't the greatest start to the half for the Warriors with Suaia Matagi and Ngani Laumape being placed on reports for separate incidents in the opening minutes of the second half.

With the wet conditions, neither side could capitialise on attack although it was the Broncos who created the first chance when Manu Vatuvei got his hand to a Ben Hunt kick to stop Dale Copley from scoring.

The Broncos continued their attack and soon after Ben Barba scored after Jack Reed scooted from dummy half before giving the pass to Ben Barba who had to beat Sam Tomkins twice to score.

Just five minutes later, the Warriors capitalised on their lead with a try of their own to secure the victory when Chad Townsend was on the receiving end of some good work to score and after the conversion the Warriors margin was out to nine, where the match finished.

Both sides will need to improve from their efforts in this one, next weekend the Warriors stay home in NZ to take on the top of the table Penrith Panthers whilst the Broncos revert to their usual Friday night time slot when they take on the Cronulla Sharks.

Players of the Match

3. Shaun Johnson

2. Ben Henry

1. Ben Barba

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