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    The Warriors weathered some heavy second-half pressure to complete a potentially season-defining 30-20 victory over NRL high-flyers Brisbane on Saturday.

    Having pushed competition leaders Melbourne close last-up before being run over in the final 11 minutes, the Warriors held firm in Auckland to record their fourth win of the season.

    The result ended a six-match winning streak for the second-placed Broncos, who played most of the match without NSW State of Origin prospect Peter Wallace.

    The halfback left the field late in the opening spell with a recurrence of a groin injury.

    Up 24-10 at the break, the Warriors, who had begun the weekend in 12th position, had their line repeatedly tested in the second half, but the second-worst defence in the league showed new resilience.

    The contest, played in front of a crowd of 19,012 at Mt Smart Stadium, featured some big hits.

    Warriors prop Ben Matulino produced a couple of the biggest, while Brisbane skipper Sam Thaiday soldiered on despite being on the end of two early bone-shaking collisions.

    Halfback Shaun Johnson, who scored one of the tries of the season last year against the Broncos, was a key figure as the Warriors dominated the first-half scoreboard.

    It was his double-around that created the opening for his side to go ahead through centre Ben Henry.

    The Broncos hit back with the double, the first after a Wallace 40-20 set up field position for centre Jack Reed to force his way over.

    The second came after Warrior Elijah Taylor conceded a last-tackle penalty that the visitors punished with Alex Glenn dotting down from a slick Corey Norman pass.

    However, the Warriors stayed in the contest with some mistake-free football – they completed 17 of their 18 first-half sets – and turned the game around with three tries in 11 minutes.

    Two Johnson bombs targeting winger Gerard Beale weren’t defused and led to tries for Johnson himself and then Taylor.

    Prop Jacob Lillyman, in his first match of the season after an arm injury, then crashed over to get reward for some strong runs after coming off the bench.

    The Broncos lifted their intensity at the start of the second half and bench forward Ben Te’o, back from suspension, crashed over to reduce the arrears.

    But try as they might, they couldn’t get any closer and Warriors back-rower Feleti Mateo effectively sealed victory with seven minutes to go by crossing from close range.

    There was enough time for Thaiday to get a late consolation try.

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    • May 6th 2012 @ 9:23am
      Bearfax said | May 6th 2012 @ 9:23am | ! Report

      Hadnt realised how important a player Peter Wallace is to Brisbane since Lockyer retired. He seems to be the lynchpin of their structure and with him gone, the Broncs struggled. Mind yhou the Warriors were the Warriors we have come to love, Brilliant one week, ordinary the next. This week they were brilliant. But when Wallace was on the field, it seemed more evenly balanced. With him off, the Warriors semed to get the upper hand. Will be interesting to see how well Brisbane perform against the Sea Eagles if they are without Wallace next week, even though its a home game.

    • May 6th 2012 @ 11:17am
      Emric said | May 6th 2012 @ 11:17am | ! Report

      a head to head game in South Auckland – Warriors and the Chiefs, between the 2 just shy of 40,000 people attended. just above 20,000 for the chiefs (sold out) and just below 20,000 for the Warriors (almost sold out).

      The TV ratings in NZ for this game will be very interesting

      • May 6th 2012 @ 1:37pm
        Matt_S said | May 6th 2012 @ 1:37pm | ! Report

        Emric, I found 12,000 plus crowd for chiefs. Where’s you evidence the cword was over 20,000 and sold-out?

    • May 6th 2012 @ 11:28am
      Terry Dawson said | May 6th 2012 @ 11:28am | ! Report

      You’re kidding , if ever there was a case for the NRL to shake up the total lack of referee accountability , this match was it .
      The combined entire bench pressing power of both teams would be incapable of lifting the weight of astoundingly poor refereeing decisions in favour of the Warriors .
      The excessive amount of time the Warriors were given to slow down the Broncos play the ball was as consistant as the referees inability to spot Warriors infringements .
      For example , a Warriors player who is in front of the kicker is not allowed ( without penalty ) to take part in any ensueing play , let alone score a try . Pretty basic stuff , really , and yet the outcome of the game has definately been influenced by such mind-numbing decisions .
      My heart goes out to the true League supporters amongst the Warriors fans who would rather their team win on merit rather than be gifted it by the referees .

      • May 6th 2012 @ 1:05pm
        eagleJack said | May 6th 2012 @ 1:05pm | ! Report

        My heart goes out to supporters who can’t accept they were beaten by a better outfit, and walk down the well trodden path of blaming the refs.

      • May 6th 2012 @ 8:36pm
        Sylvester said | May 6th 2012 @ 8:36pm | ! Report

        Terry, I assume you missed the first Broncos non-try?

    • May 6th 2012 @ 11:39am
      NF said | May 6th 2012 @ 11:39am | ! Report

      Emric I see what you’re trying to do and we get it Rugby is king in NZ us leaguies understand where it’s stands so spare me.

    • May 6th 2012 @ 11:45am
      Spiritfree said | May 6th 2012 @ 11:45am | ! Report

      yes, Emric, and two solid wins. Good times!

    • May 6th 2012 @ 1:36pm
      Matt_S said | May 6th 2012 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

      Emric, the Chiefs crowd was 12,364 according to The Sun-Herald! Warriors win on that front.

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