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The Warriors opened the scoring through Clinton Toopi after just seven minutes and repeated the dose when Richard Villisanti crossed in the 13th minute.
But the Eels evened the ledger with tries to Nathan Hindmarsh and Luke Burt in the 19th and 21st minutes.
Robust winger Francis Meli put the Warriors back in front but two more tries to Parramatta proved the turning point and at half time, the Eels held a handy 22-14 lead.
The second half saw the Eels go further ahead with a try to Matt Petersen in the 52nd minute. The Warriors scored the last try of the match seven minutes before full time.
Scorers: PARRAMATTA EELS 28 Tries: Burt, Hindmarsh, T Smith, B Smith, Peterson Goals: Burt 3, Riddell 1 NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS 18 Tries: Toopi, Villasanti, Meli, Byrne Goals: Hohaia 1
Waikato Stadium NZ Referee: Tony Archer
Live commentary: 0 min: 0-0 Kickoff, match underway in Waikato.
5 min: NEWS-still no score on the board, Warriors putting pressure on the Eels line.
7 min: TRY-Warriors Clinton Toopi crosses out wide after repeat sets of six, conversion unsuccessful from Stacey Jones. Warriors 4-0
13 min: TRY-Warriors Richard Villasanti crosses off a classy grubber from Nathan Fien. Conversion successful from Lance Hohaia. Warriors 10-0
19 min: TRY-Eels Luke Burt crosses out wide off a Tim Smith Grubber. Conversion unsuccessful from Mark Riddell. Warriors 10-4
21 min: TRY-Eels Nathan Hindmarsh bounces out of a high tackle from Brent Webb to score. Conversion successful from Mark Riddell. 10-10
25 min: TRY-Warriors Francis Meli charges over the top of Matt Peterson to score in the corner. Dust up between Meli and Peterson after the try was scored. Conversion unsuccessful from Lance Hohaia. Warriors 14-10
30 min: NEWS-clock stopped with Louis Anderson down with a knee injury which looks quite serious, stretcher coming onto the ground, this is a big blow as Ruben Wiki and Monty Beetham were ruled out before the start of play. Refused to use mobile ambulance and was helped from the field.
36 min: TRY-Eels Tim Smith scores under the posts after a length of the field bust from Matt Peterson. Conversion successful from Luke Burt. Eels 16-14
40 min: TRY-Eels Ben Smith scores off a brilliant cross field kick from John Morris. Conversion successful from Luke Burt. Eels 22-14
HALFTIME- Warriors started well but are really missing go forward from the likes of Wiki , Price and Beetham, misty conditions, the ball will get slippery in the second half.
Second half underway in Waikato
45 min: NEWS- Warriors seem to look tired and are very predictable in their attack taking the ball up 1 pass off the ruck, they are really missing their injured forwards , Anderson has a dislocated kneecap, will not be back.
52 min: TRY- Eels Matt Peterson scores out wide, decision went to the video ref with debate about the grounding, given a try. Conversion off the post and in from Luke Burt Eels 28-14
56 min: NEWS- Eels domination seems to have taken the crowd out of the equation, Stacey Jones is hampered with a groin injury , he continues to play on but has had little impact on this game so far.
62 min: NEWS- Daniel Wagon limping off with an injury, Riddell returms after injury sustained earlier tonight.
67 min: NO TRY- obstruction ruled, Wade McKinnon crossed under the posts although Mark Riddell was ruled to have impeded the defender.
73 min: TRY-Warriors superb line break from Stacey Jones , good support play from Todd Byrne who scores. Conversion unsuccessful from Lance Hohaia. Eels 28-18
80 min: FULLTIME-Great performance from the Eels, the Warriors hoodoo of never winning outside of Auckland continues, they really missed their injured forwards, Price, Wiki and Beetham. Eels win 28-18.
----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - J Morris (Eels) 2 - N Hindmarsh (Eels) 1 - A Guttenbeil (Warriors) -----------------------------------------