Shaun Johnson's Onesie too good for Broncos

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.


Match Details
New Zealand Warriors 19 Brisbane Broncos 10
Venue: Mt Smart Stadium
Crowd: 16025
Halftime Score: New Zealand Warriors 13 Brisbane Broncos 6

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Shaun Johnson
2 points - Ben Henry
1 point - Ben Barba

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (19)
Tries: Ben Henry, Konrad Hurrell, Chad Townsend
Field Goals: Shaun Johnson (1/1)
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (3/3)
Penalty Goals:

BRISBANE BRONCOS (10)
Tries: Jake Granville, Ben Barba
Field Goals:
Conversions: Ben Hunt (1/2)
Penalty Goals:


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

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

The Brisbane Broncos are out on to Mt Smart Stadium

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

2: Ben Hunt with a pinpoint kick but Konrad Hurrell saves the day and gets out to the 10m line

3: Shaun Johnson goes high and long with the kick but Ben Barba takes a beautiful catch inside his own 10m zone

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

5: A good kick from Shaun Johnson is matched with a great take from Jack Reed to get into the field of play

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

14: Shaun Johnson puts a kick in but its poor finds Daniel Vidot on the full

15: Miscommunication at the back and danger is adverted by the Captain Simon Mannering

17: Six more tackles for the Broncos after David Fusitua can't catch a Ben Hunt bomb

18: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Jake Granville. Kick to come.

Jake Granville picks the ball up from dummy-half and goes through some poor defence from the Warriors to score out wide

21: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Ben Hunt successful.

Ben Hunt puts the ball onto the goalposts and gets it through the uprights

23: UNFORCED ERROR NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Manu Vatuvei makes an unforced error.

Manu Vatuvei drops the ball and the Broncos are on the attack

25: Warriors being forced to scramble in defence but luckily are only the one try down

26: Quick hands on the last and Daniel Vidot is forced to kick and its cleaned up on the bounce by Manu Vatuvei

27: UNFORCED ERROR NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Suaia Matagi makes an unforced error.

Another mistake from the Warriors this time through Suaia Matagi - puts the pressure back on the Warriors defence again

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

30: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.

Shaun Johnson goes for the conversion and like Ben Hunt he puts it through off the uprights

35: Shaun Johnson throws a ball that intercept all over it but Dale Copley can't take it but does make the Warriors player dive and the play breaks down

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

38: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Konrad Hurrell. Kick to come.

Some excellent play in attack from the Warriors and its Konrad Hurrell who uses his strength and skill to score out wide

39: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.

Shaun Johnson puts the kick straight through the middle of the uprights

40: SUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Field goal attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.

From nowhere Shaun Johnson kicks a field goal and after trailing early, the Warriors lead by 7

40: Play back underway in Auckland

41: Time Out as Josh Hoffman is down injured after Suaia Matagi tackled him whilst kicking

41: Suiaia Matagi is ON REPORT for attacking the legs of the kicker

43: PENALTY WARRIORS: Warriors get the penalty after Daniel Vidot throws the Warriors player into touch after the held call of Jared Maxwell

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

58: Manu Vatuvei saves the day by getting his hand to the ball just before Dale Copley and the ball goes dead, dropout coming up

58: Ben Hunt goes to the kick again but its a bad kick and Simon Mannering cleans it up again

60: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Ben Barba. Kick to come.

Ben Barba scores after following up from a strong Jack Reed burst from Dummy half to score in the corner

62: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Ben Hunt unsuccessful.

Ben Hunt misses the conversion from out wide

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

68: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.

Shaun Johnson has no problems with the conversion in front

69: Shaun Johnson aims for a field goal before sending the ball super high but Ben Barba takes it relatively comfortably

70: Dale Copley comes off the field looking very concussed

72: Sam Rapira and Charlie Gubb with the tackle of the match - Ben Hannant charges for the line before being stopped by the Warriors pair on the last

73: UNFORCED ERROR NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Sam Tomkins makes an unforced error.

A play of some amazing hands comes to an end after Sam Tomkins juggles the pass and ends up dropping the ball

74: Sam Tomkins goes to the air with the bomb, nobody wants it and the second kick from Ben Henry goes straight to Ben Barba

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

78: PENALTY WARRIORS: Ben Hunt penalised for not leaving the ruck - Feleti Mateo takes the tap

79: UNFORCED ERROR NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Jayson Bukuya makes an unforced error.

Josh Hoffman saves the day for the Broncos there after Jayson Bukuya looks to score if not for the tackle

80: FULL TIME at Mt Smart Stadium - The NZ Warriors 19 have defeated the Brisbane Broncos 10

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