Toyota Cup: Junior Warriors too strong for Knights
The Warriors Toyota Cup side produced its most impressive performance of the season thus far, when it overpowered the visiting Newcastle Knights 34 – 6 in cold and wet conditions at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium.
Scoring six tries to one, the home side completed back-to-back wins for the first time since round four this season, helping the New Zealand based club move to sixth on the ladder.
The game started well for the home side, with the Warriors scoring in just the ninth minute through winger Thomas Ah Van. Halfback, Shaun Johnstone converted to put the Warriors up 6 – 0, but as the weather grew worse, the Warriors poor handling fell apart, gifting the Knights great field position.
Eventually the weight of possession resulted in a try for the visitors, with Knight’s centre, Harmony Hunt crashing over in the 20th minute. Peter Mata'utia converted the try to level the scores, but that would be the closest the Knights would get to the Warriors for the remainder of the game.
The Warriors hit back after the Hunt try to put the Knights on the back foot, forcing the visitors into five line drop outs, which eventually paid dividends for captain Elijah Taylor to score in the 36th minute.
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