80:00
Sun 5 March 2017
Mt Smart Stadium - Crowd: 13712
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FULL-TIME! Warriors with a gutsy victory against the Knights.

Warriors 26-22

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Warriors had six more but they give it away!

Warriors 26-22

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UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS: Jamie Buhrer makes an unforced error.

It's desperation time for the Knights and Jamie Buhrer tries to flick it but knocks on.

Warriors 26-22

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UNFORCED ERROR WARRIORS: David Fusitua makes an unforced error.

Johnson gets himself through the gap but the pass to Fusitua is off.

Warriors 26-22

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION WARRIORS: Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.

Johnson resumes kicking with Luke off. Nails it.

Warriors 26-22

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TRY WARRIORS: Scored by Ryan Hoffman. Kick to come.

GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! No problem with the catch and the put down.

Warriors 24-22

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BUNKER TIME! Hoffman might have wrestled the lead back for the Warriors.

Newcastle Knights 22-20

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Roger Tuivasa-Sheck takes the kick and is off! They pass down field and Ross just takes it dead to save a try.

Newcastle Knights 22-20

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PENALTY KNIGHTS! Barnett is down, receiving attention so the bunker intervenes and places Vete on report.

Newcastle Knights 22-20

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Tipped pass from Hoffman to Kata is forward.

Newcastle Knights 22-20

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS: Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson unsuccessful.

Can Hodkinson adjust? No he hits the other post!

Newcastle Knights 22-20

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TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS: Scored by Nathan Ross. Kick to come.

Ross has a quick-fire double! Hodkinson runs on last to Barnett who gives it to the winger!

Newcastle Knights 22-20

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS: Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson unsuccessful.

Hodkinson with a kick to level things up.. with some booing from the locals. He can't fade it over.

Warriors 20-18

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TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS: Scored by Nathan Ross. Kick to come.

Well then.. we have a game now! Knights spread it left and Nathan Ross doesn't need much room as he motors to the line!

Warriors 20-18

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PENALTY KNIGHTS! Lamb was tackled and the marker had a double dip.

Warriors 20-14

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS: Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.

Hodkinson makes it six the deficit.

Warriors 20-14

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TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS: Scored by Jack Stockwell. Kick to come.

GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Rare four pointer for the interchange prop! Insufficient evidence to overturn! Knights are back in this.

Warriors 20-12

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BUNKER TIME! Jack Stockwell might have slammed it down.. checking it.

Warriors 20-8

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Knights strung a few passes together after a big run from Ross. They are just pulled up short. SIX MORE off a deflected grubber.

Warriors 20-8

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UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS: Brock Lamb makes an unforced error.

Levi tries to loft a pass to Lamb but it was too low..

Warriors 20-8

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Dylan Phythian down after a courageous catch. Now he has to be helped. Hope the kid is alright.

Warriors 20-8

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Welcome to the NRL Isaiah Papalii. On in place of Simon Mannering.

Warriors 20-8

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UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS: Mitchell Barnett makes an unforced error.

Knights trying to get their shape going.. but Barnett leaves it behind.

Warriors 20-8

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PENALTY KNIGHTS! They needed that to get a respite from their own end.

Warriors 20-8

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Warriors go the power route again on last.. with Hoffman but Gagai hits well.

Warriors 20-8

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Maumalo touches down with his fingertips.. unfortunately it was forward.

Warriors 20-8

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Explosive start from the Warriors.. an offload from Ryan Hoffman gave Mafoa'aeata Hingano room to run.. he just goes into the corner. Johnson on last grubbers it in for six more.

Warriors 20-8

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Here we go again! Warriors with first use.

Warriors 20-8

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION WARRIORS: Conversion attempt by Issac Luke successful.

Luke has taken over duties and kicks it.

Warriors 20-8

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TRY WARRIORS: Scored by David Fusitua. Kick to come.

David THREE-SITUA! Shaun Johnson takes on the line, pokes his nose through and flicks it to the centre to touch down.

Warriors 18-8

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION WARRIORS: Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson unsuccessful.

Johnson can't direct this one either.

Warriors 14-8

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TRY WARRIORS: Scored by David Fusitua. Kick to come.

Lolohea has some hops! Johnson directs a kick for the winger who jumps high and throws it back for Fusitua to score.

Warriors 14-8

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Knights just compound their issues with a kick out on the full!

Warriors 10-8

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION WARRIORS: Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson unsuccessful.

Johnson for his second attempt of the afternoon.. fades it wide.

Warriors 10-8

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TRY WARRIORS: Scored by Solomone Kata. Kick to come.

Warriors run it on last.. Johnson delivers a perfect ball for Kata to cross.

Warriors 10-8

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UNFORCED ERROR WARRIORS: Ken Maumalo makes an unforced error.

Maumalo is not having a good day under the high ball.. he spills one back but the referee has called it knocked on.

Newcastle Knights 8-6

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION WARRIORS: Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.

Johnson taking on the kicking duties.. he curves it over.

Newcastle Knights 8-6

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TRY WARRIORS: Scored by David Fusitua. Kick to come.

..and they make the Knights pay! Johnson had enough space to run himself.. but saw Fusitua on the run, who spun and slammed it down.

Newcastle Knights 8-4

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PENALTY Warriors! to the delight of the faithful. Kata wriggled enough to get the call.

Newcastle Knights 8-0

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Gagai has it ripped out of his hands.. Warriors on the attack until they give it right back. PENALTY Knights.

Newcastle Knights 8-0

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SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS: Penalty goal attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.

Knights get a penalty and point to the sticks. Hodkinson adds the easy too.

Newcastle Knights 8-0

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40/20 NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS: Dylan Phythian kicks a 40/20.

Phythian with an angled kick that goes for a 40/20

Newcastle Knights 6-0

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UNFORCED ERROR WARRIORS: Ken Maumalo makes an unforced error.

Another shallow kick from Hingano can't find Maumalo who spilled it.

Newcastle Knights 6-0

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Knights with some funky moves on last.. they take it down the left but the inside pass to Pete Mata'utia was forward.

Newcastle Knights 6-0

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UNFORCED ERROR WARRIORS: Solomone Kata makes an unforced error.

Kata couldn't take a bullet ball.. Knights with a let-off.

Newcastle Knights 6-0

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS: Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.

The Mt Smart crowd is in shock.. Trent Hodkinson steps up and slams it through.

Newcastle Knights 6-0

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TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS: Scored by Peter Mata'utia. Kick to come.

GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Pete took it cleanly over Lolohea and scored the first try!

Newcastle Knights 4-0

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VIDEO REFEREE! KNIGHTS MIGHT HAVE A TRY!

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UNFORCED ERROR WARRIORS: Albert Vete makes an unforced error.

Vete tries to charge into the line but loses it trying to turn.

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A set of nothing really.. for the Warriors. Johnson gets them another six though.

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Warriors are getting on top! An offoad from Ben Matulino gave Shaun Johnson space to surge through the gap, he sized up the fullback, gave it to Lolohea who grubbered for a dropout.

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Knights look threatening.. but a loose pass is taken by Johnson. Added to a penalty.

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UNFORCED ERROR WARRIORS: Ken Maumalo makes an unforced error.

Good first set from the Knights, got over halfway. Lamb launches a bomb which Maumalo catches but loses it rucking it up.

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KICK-OFF! Here we go!

Knights take residence in the north end of Mt Smart and await the kick-off from the home side.

Here come the teams onto a sun-drenched Mt Smart Stadium. The Knights in their blue and white bars of their away jersey get a slight jeering from the faithful. Next is the home side, led by new captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, in their black jerseys after the 'call of the Warriors". Let's go!

Welcome to New Zealand for the first game of this Sunday double header! Last year's wooden spooners Newcastle Knights travel across the ditch to take on a new look Warriors line-up. The home side has a new captain in Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and new halves while the Knights continue the rebuild and take some impressive trial form into this one. Join us at 2pm AEST for kick-off!

Referees:

Referees: Dave Munro, Alan Shortall

Touch Judges: Jason Walsh, Anthony Elliott

Video Referee: Ben Galea, Ashley Klein

WARRIORS (26)
Tries: David Fusitua (3), Solomone Kata, Ryan Hoffman
Field Goals:
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (2/4), Issac Luke (1/1)
Penalty Goals:

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (22)
Tries: Peter Mata'utia, Jack Stockwell, Nathan Ross (2)
Field Goals:
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (2/4)
Penalty Goals: Trent Hodkinson (1/1)