Slow-Starting Warriors Overcome Magpies
The Warriors are back into second on the Intrust Super Premiership NSW ladder, defeating the Wentworthville Magpies 26-16 after a relatively slow start at Mt Smart Stadium.
After trailing 10-6 at half-time, the Warriors went on with the job in the second period thanks in part to the fine work of hooker Manaia Cherrington. Fullback Honeti Tuha and experienced second-rower Frank Pritchard were among the best for the Magpies.
The withdrawal of Kieran foran from the Warriors' NRL side ensured a shuffle to the club's Intrust Super Premiership NSW spine, with Zac Santo and Sam Cook partnering in the halves and Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad shifting to fullback. The Magpies were relatively unchanged, but enjoyed the services of returning NRL veterans Pritchard and David Gower.
It was a non-stop, error-free opening five minutes of play with the sides appearing to be evenly-poised, but a kick regathered by Scott Schulte soon brought points for the Magpies. The winger did well to get the ball away, offloading to his right, but a deflection from a defender sent it the opposite direction and into Pritchard's hands to stroll over. Davis easily converted from in front.
Warriors 26 (D Palavi, T Sipley, O Ogden, C Gubb, M Allwood tries; J Pauga 3 goals)
Wentworthville Magpies 10 (F Pritchard, H Tuha, G Jennings tries; N Davis 2 goals)