Warriors bounce back to victory
The New Zealand Warriors have returned to the winners circle after their 54 points flogging last week with a 26-12 victory over the Newcastle Knights at Mt. Smart Stadium.
The Kiwis started quickly with first points posted inside the first 3 minutes through Manu Vatuvei. A good ball movement from Shaun Johnson saw the four-pointer crafted.
Flying Scotsman, James McManus bagged a double in the Knights' defeat, his first in the 12th minute. McManus dived over in the corner off a pin-point cross field kick from Jarrod Mullen.
The Warriors replied with an aerial display from Thomas Leuluai who dived over the original try attempt from Russell Packer to score.
James McManus posted his second four-pointer shortly before half time as the Newcastle Knights spread the ball across the field to the right wing.
At half time, the Knights held a slim 12-10 lead.
Previously in 2013, the Warriors had been known to given up a healthy lead in the final 20 minutes of a match. However, today was an exception as they put the Knights to the sword with three unanswered tries in the second half.
The video referee awarded Sam Rapira his try as he darted through a massive hole in the Knights defence with no obstruction in the play. A simple misread from the Knights saw the Warriors hit the lead 16-12.
Captain, Simon Mannering busted his way through the Knights line as Kevin Locke laid the platform with a short pass. The final try from the Kiwis caused the most up roar from supporters as a blatant forward pass was missed by all officials as Elijah Taylor burst his way through the deefence to put the icing on the cake.
The Warriors bouncing back to form with a 26-12 victory over the traveling Knights.
New Zealand Warriors 28 Newcastle Knights 12
Venue: Mt Smart Stadium
Halftime Score: Newcastle Knights 12-10
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Feleti Mateo
2 points - Kevin Locke
1 point - Sam Rapira
NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (28)
Tries: Manu Vatuvei, Thomas Leuluai, Sam Rapira, Simon Mannering, Elijah Taylor
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (4/5)
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (12)
Tries: James McManus (2)
Conversions: Kurt Gidley (2/2)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
We are minutes away from kick off at Mt. Smart Stadium with both sides going through their final preparations and getting the last word from their coaches.
We are UNDERWAY at Mt. Smart Stadium as the home team, the Warriors kick off.
Penalty to the Warriors for the Knights offside. They kick for touch and will start their set inside the Knights half
Second penalty awarded to the Warriors for a strip in the ruck, the Warriors attacking 15 metres out
3 min: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Manu Vatuvei
. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson
The Warriors spread the ball through Russell Packer
across the field, he kept the ball alive for Shaun Johnson
who linked with Manu Vatuvei
to charge through the Knights defence. Warriors making the Knights pay on the back of two penalties. Johnson from touch with the conversion hits the uprights and it bounces awayNew Zealand Warriors
5 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS Sam Rapira
makes an unforced error.
A simple mistake from Sam Rapira
sees the ball dropped on half way, the Knights with the ball through a scrum feed
VIDEO REFEREE for the Knights, we have a TRY but looking obstruction as Roberts when through a gap in the Warriors defence
Video referee has denied James McManus
as Willie Mason
was ruled to have obstructed Shaun Johnson
in the defensive line as he run a decoy. A questionable call as the replay did show Johnson committing to the tackle.
Penalty to the Knights for Shaun Johnson
having hands in the ruck after the held call of the referee. Knights kick for touch and attack on halfway
After it all, it's a penalty against Russell Packer
for fighting despite Kade Snowden
getting the last punch in. Knights attacking 30 metres out from the line
Second penalty to the Knights, they attack only 10 metres from the Warriors goal line
Penalty to the Knights again for the Warriors ruled offside at the play of the ball. Knights kick up field and attack 40 metres from the Warriors goal line
15 min: Jarrod Mullen
kicking on the 4th tackle for the right corner as he tried to catch the Warriors backs short, but it rolls dead beating everyone. 20 metre restart for the Warriors
17 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS Joseph Leilua
makes an unforced error.Joseph Leilua
on the last tackle running the ball off a cut out pass from Jarrod Mullen
, but he is taken and loses the ball. Kevin Locke
on the spot to clean up the ball, zero tackle for the Warriors 30 metres from their own line
Penalty to the Knights for the Warriors offside, attacking 30 metres off their own line
23 min: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Thomas Leuluai
. Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson
has dived over the the touch of the original tackle of Russell Packer
who dived over but was stopped. Leuluai with some skills to dive over three Knights defenders to score for the Warriors. Johnson with the conversion slots the from next to the postsNew Zealand Warriors
27 min: Kade Snowden
drops the ball and gives the Warriors a chance 20 metres away from the Knights goal line
27 min: Shaun Johnson
drops the ball before the Warriors can get set up as Simon Mannering
offloaded before begin tackled. A let off for the Knights, scrum feed 20 metres away from their own line
29 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS Feleti Mateo
makes an unforced error.Feleti Mateo
looked for a hole in the Knights defence but dropped the ball, a poor read from Feleti Mateo
. Scrum feed packs for Newcastle 30 metres from the Warriors try line
31 min: TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by James McManus
. Conversion attempt by Kurt Gidley
The flying Scotsman has his second try of the afternoon as the Knights spread it to the wing and James McManus
dived over in the corner. Kurt Gidley
with a solid strike off the tee from the left touchline converts the try.Newcastle Knights
Mistake from the Knights as the Warriors spread the ball, the Knights jumped up and knocked down the pass from the Warriors. Scrum packs for New Zealand just short of halfway
36 min: James McManus
doing well under the high ball, positioned himself in goal to earn the Knights a 20 metre restart.
38 min: Shaun Johnson
gives up possession with a mistake, zero tackle for the Knights on halfway
HALF TIME at Mt. Smart Stadium sees the Newcastle Knights
12 lead New Zealand 10. The Warriors in this contest
Second half is UNDERWAY at Mt. Smart Stadium with the Knights kicking off
42 min: Thomas Leuluai
on the last tackle with a wobbling bomb sends the ball out on the full. Easy turn over on their own 40 metre line as a result
Penalty for a strip on Willie Mason
, Knights attacking 20 metres from the Warriors goal line
Time off here with Darius Boyd
down after suffering a leg injury in the tackle of Simon Mannering
. He will remain on the field for now
Time off here with Aku Uate down after heavy contact.
Aku Uate is coming off for the Knights with a possible rib injury, he comes off and the Knights will do a reshuffle of the outside backs
46 min: Kevin Locke
putting a short kick on the last tackle for the Warriors, but it rolls dead, line drop out
48 min: Thomas Leuluai
with a cross field kick on the last tackle goes out on the full before Manu Vatuvei
could for the ball. Change over for the Knights on the 10 metre line
Zero tackle for the Warriors, and they get a penalty for the Knights holding down on the end of it. Warriors attacking 10 metres out from the Knights line
VIDEO REFEREE for the Warriors, looking at possible obstruction
Mistake from the Warriors gives the Knights a chance 30 metres from the Warriors goal line
57 min: Kade Snowden
put on a short grubber kick through the Warriors goal line, luckily it earns the Knights a line drop out
58 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS Dane Gagai
makes an unforced error.Dane Gagai
reached out for the goal line but dropped it at the death in the corner, Manu Vatuvei
in covering defence forced the mistake. Warriors work it off the 20 metre restart
62 min: Thomas Leuluai
after a fumble from the Warriors rockets the kick from halfway and it rolls over the sideline 10 metres from the goal line. Scrum to the Knights
Penalty to the Warriors for James McManus
passing off the ground.
64 min: Kade Snowden
was somehow ruled offside as the Warriors attack 10 metres out from the goal line
Mistake from the Warriors gives up possession inside the Knights 10 metre zone. Newcastle attacking 20 metres from their own line
VIDEO REFEREE for the Knights, James McManus
. He chased through for his own kick as he made a break.
No try the ruling against James McManus
, knock on in goal the ruling and it's a 20 metre restart
67 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS Nathan Friend
makes an unforced error.Nathan Friend
with a simple mistake as he darted out of acting half, Knights with a scrum feed on their own 40 metre line
68 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS Feleti Mateo
makes an unforced error.
The Knights spreading the ball to the blind side to the wing of James McManus
and Roberts. But Feleti Mateo
jumped off the line and knocked on. Scrum feed for the Knights 30 metres from the Warriors try line
70 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS Tyrone Roberts
makes an unforced error.Tyrone Roberts
comes up with a mistake as Kade Snowden
rushed the pass wide to his half. Warriors with a scrum feed on their own 20 metre line
Penalty to the Warriors on halfway for a second attempt in the tackle. Warriors attacking 30 metres from the Newcastle line
Penalty to the Knights against Manu Vatuvei
for shoulder charging a Knight over the touchline without the ball
FULL TIME at Mt. Smart Stadium sees the Warriors hold on in the last 20 minutes with a 26-12. They have backed up after being flogged 54 point last week at the hands of the Penrith Panthers
to turn around at home to run away victors