Warriors edged by Wests Tigers in a thriller

Saturday May 19, 2012 by  

Centre Konrad Hurrell’s second two-try haul in a week wasn’t enough to help the Warriors to victory in a seesawing NRL tussle against Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.

Looking for their second away win of the season, the Warriors took a 10-0 lead into the halftime break but conceded four second half tries enabling the Tigers to steal a 24-22 success, so falling out of the top eight.

Rookie Hurrell was again a standout as he followed up his two tries against Brisbane last week with another double tonight although his second, scored directly from a short kick off in the closing seconds, came too late to affect the outcome. Read more

Warriors halves dominate Souths

Sunday April 15, 2012 by  

A dominant performance from halves James Maloney and Shaun Johnson has led the Warriors to a 44-22 victory over Souths at Mt Smart Stadium.

Souths grabbed an early lead, but from then on the Warriors were the better side, as Maloney and Johnson together had 7 try-assists, three of Johnsons from kicks, and all of Maloney’s from passes.

The Rabbitohs looked dangerous in the opening stages, and scored with their first venture to the Warriors’ end through David Taylor, who got on the end of Adam Reynolds’ perfectly weighted grubber kick, with the conversion giving them a 6-0 lead after just five minutes. Read more

Raiders superb in convincing victory

Sunday April 8, 2012 by  

Canberra have put on a great performance for their home fans with a 32-12 win over the Warriors on Sunday afternoon.

The Raiders ran in seven tries for the match, in a ‘razzle dazzle’ performance which saw the Green Machine use the ball wide extremely effectively.

A fantastic first half set the base for the victory, the Raiders controlling the early possession and territory to take a dangerous Warriors side out of the game. Read more

Roosters bounce back against Warriors

Saturday March 31, 2012 by  

After coming out of the blocks at a million miles an hour the Sydney Roosters cannoned to a 26-8 victory over the New Zealand Warriors.

Energetic is the best way to describe the Tricolours performance, which notably was Brian Smith’s 300th first grade victory.

It was there in the first minute and it was there in the 80th minute.

With just five minutes to go and the game clearly in the bag the home side was still sprinting off its line in defence, constantly applying pressure and forcing errors from the visitors. Read more

Lemanis named NBL Coach of the Year

Monday March 26, 2012 by  

Andrej Lemanis of the New Zealand Breakers has won the Lindsay Gaze Trophy as Coach of the Year for the 2011/12 National Basketball League Championship season.

Lemanis polled 53 votes to narrowly take out the award from Aaron Fearne of the Cairns Taipans on 50 votes. Paul Woolpert of the Townsville Crocodiles came third on 23 votes and Rob Beveridge of Perth fourth on 22.

A former NBL role player, Lemanis led the Breakers to their maiden title last year but controversially finished second to Trevor Gleeson (then of Townsville) in polling for the coaching honours. Read more

Bulldogs show great grit and composure

Sunday March 18, 2012 by  

Canterbury-Bankstown have showed great grit and composure to run away with a 32-18 win over 2011 Grand Finalists New Zealand Warriors in their Rd 3 clash at Mount Smart Stadium.

The Bulldogs raced out to a 16-nil lead with three tries in the opening quarter of an hour, only to fall two points behind when Feleti Mateo crossed for the home side ten minutes after half time.

Not to be deterred the Bulldogs worked their way back into position to retake the lead through a Sam Kasiano try, and then survived a number of close calls including a no try ruling against Kevin Locke that came about as a result of some outstanding Ben Barba cover defence. Read more

Manly overcome Warriors for 2011 NRL Premiership

Sunday October 2, 2011 by  

Manly has claimed the 2011 NRL Premiership with a workman-like 24-10 victory over the New Zealand Warriors in front of a capacity crowd at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney this evening.

More details to follow soon.

Cowboys thrill but lose NYC premiership battle

Sunday October 2, 2011 by  

A Warriors field goal in golden point extra-time was all that stood between a first-time Cowboys National Youth Cup win in a thrilling grand final at ANZ Stadium today.

The young Cowboys showed great courage to fight back from 14 points down with 10 minutes to tie the score at 30-all at full time.

However after Michael Parker-Walshe missed with a long-range field goal attempt at the start of extra-time, Warriors halfback Jordan Meads made no mistake not longer after to give the Kiwis back-to-back titles in the under-20s with a 31-30 victory. Read more

Warriors upset Storm to make NRL Grand Final

Sunday September 25, 2011 by  

Heroes were in plentiful supply as the New Zealand Warriors clinched just their second NRL grand final appearance in history with their stunning 20-12 preliminary final victory over minor premiers the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

They shocked the heavily-fancied Wests Tigers 22-20 last week and were again underdogs against a Storm side coming off a week’s break for a match which would determine who would take on Manly in the season’s decider next Sunday (October 2).

In a near replica of the Anzac Day clash between the two sides, the Warriors outmuscled and outlasted their fierce rivals, keeping them scoreless in the second half before securing one of the most famous wins in the club’s history with a 77th-minute try engineered by the dazzling Shaun Johnson and finished by the relentless Lewis Brown. The win not only secured a place in the grand final but also enabled the Warriors to regain the Michael Moore Trophy. Read more

Warriors stun Wests Tigers to move one step closer

Saturday September 17, 2011 by  

Krisnan Inu’s 78th-minute try left the New Zealand Warriors one win away from reaching the 2011 NRL grand final as they twice recovered from a 12-point deficit to beat the highly-favoured Wests Tigers 22-20 in the first semi-final at the SFS on Friday night.

The Tigers were outrageous favourites to prevail, even more so when they led 18-6 at halftime, a margin which had one betting agency offering odds of $7.00 on the Warriors to win.

Coming off a humiliating 10-40 loss to Brisbane in last week’s qualifying final, the Warriors had earned a second life in the finals by dint of the seventh and eighth ranked sides North Queensland and Newcastle both losing their play-offs last week. Read more