The Newcastle Knights came back from the dead to record a 24-14 win over the Warriors in front of 16,000 loud Novocastrians on Saturday night.
In what shapes up as one of the more intriguing games of the opening round, the Newcastle Knights and New Zealand Warriors will be looking to begin with a win.
Warriors coach Andrew McFadden insists his side won't be disadvantaged through the early rounds by new ruck interpretations aimed at speeding up the game.
This Saturday on opposite sides of Hunter Stadium a friendship which began years ago on dusty Tongan fields will be taken to a new level in the NRL arena.
Traditionally the most unpredictable team in the NRL, the Warriors have the talent to go a long way this season - but will they live up to the hype?
The Warriors came out of their final pre-season hit-out with plenty of positives from their clash with the club's New South Wales Cup team in Papakura.
Nathan Friend's NRL All Stars appearance last week has given him a new lease on life ahead of his 13th season of first grade.
As rumours swirl around the future of Kiwis star Jason Taumalolo, the Warriors have made it clear the boom back-rower would be welcome across the Tasman.
The Warriors, with two tries to big young winger Ken Maumalo, have defeated Penrith in an NRL trial in Rotorua.
Rookie Warrior Tuimoala Lolohea is eyeing Saturday's final trial hit out against the Panthers as his chance to secure an NRL spot for the season opener.