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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.
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.
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.
TEAM CHANGES: Warriors side is 1-17, Broncos on the other hand have several changes - Sam Thaiday & Matt Gillett back up from origin despite not being named on Tuesday, Todd Lowrie & Corey Oates drop to the bench with Jarrod Wallace and Francis Molo dropping out of the team
Here come the Warriors in their heritage jerseys celebrating onesie night in Auckland
1: Jared Maxwell calls time on and the Warriors have the first possession
2: UNFORCED ERROR NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Sebastine Ikahihifo makes an unforced error.
A bad start for the Warriors - Sebastine Ikahihifo puts a bad play the ball in and the Broncos go on the attack early
3: Sam Thaiday stays down injured for a moment with a leg injury but is back up on his feet
4: PENALTY WARRIORS: Broncos penalised for being too slow out of the ruck, Warriors inside the Broncos 20m
6: Some good work from the Warriors finds them space and then on the next tackle the Broncos are forced to put the ball dead
9: The Broncos survive a good attacking raid from the Warriors and get a 20m restart for the kick going dead
11: UNFORCED ERROR NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
David Fusitua makes an unforced error.
Sam Tomkins out jumps Ben Barba although both don't touch the ball and its Fusitua who drops the ball with an open tryline
15: Miscommunication at the back and danger is adverted by the Captain Simon Mannering
25: Warriors being forced to scramble in defence but luckily are only the one try down
29: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Ben Henry. Kick to come.
Despite the pressure from the Broncos - its the Warriors who score through Ben Henry after showing lightning speed following some good hands from Feleti Mateo
35: Back to back dropouts being forced by the Warriors
36: A tackle count restart for the Warriors and they get another set to pressure the Broncos line
40: Play back underway in Auckland
41: Suiaia Matagi is ON REPORT for attacking the legs of the kicker
45: Josh McGuire is dropped onto his head in a three man tackle from the Warriors
45: Ngani Laumape is ON REPORT after being the main man in the tackle
47: Broncos force their first drop out of the night and the Broncos are on the attack
49: A forward "give" lets the pressure off the Warriors after Lachlan Maranta is given the ball by his teammate
51: Strong defence from the Warriors and in particular the "Gingerbread Man" Manu Vatuvei who made 4 tackles in a row
53: Warriors starting to dominate in this one, strong defence and attack
54: Warriors go from side to side on the last tackle and it takes some good defence from the Broncos to stop the Warriors
56: Shaun Johnson goes high and wide with the kick, too wide in fact and its out on the full
65: Broncos showing good defence and attack - a line of yellow jerseys face Sam Tomkins as he brings the ball back
66: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Chad Townsend. Kick to come.
The Warriors extend their lead after some lovely work from Ikahihifo and Laumape open up space for the Warriors and its Chad Townsend that scores
70: Dale Copley comes off the field looking very concussed
75: Warriors starting to tire and the Broncos finding good space but lose the ball off a Ben Barba bomb and the Warriors work it away from their own line
76: Ben Henry goes short side on the last and puts a kick in that almost works but the wet conditions see him unable to pick it up
77: Ben Hunt puts a chip and chase through but its too heavy for the chaser