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The New Zealand Warriors have secured a finals berth with a gritty 28-6 victory over a disappointing Parramatta Eels side at Parramatta Stadium.
The Warriors produced a very determined performance in the wet conditions and always looked to be in control after an early try to winger Manu Vatuvei was followed with a penalty goal to open up an 8-0 lead inside the opening quarter. The Eels produced a bit of spark to conjure a length-of-the-field movement that finished with a try to Kris Keating as halftime approached but Vatuvei struck again with his second try to give the visitors a 14-6 halftime lead.
The Warriors needed to score first in the second half to maintain their advantage and did exactly that, with big Manu scoring his first ever NRL hat-trick by the 48th minute of the match. Despite finding a few gaps out wide, the Eels weren