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Friday, 15 March 2019

Warriors thrash Dogs in record-setting victory


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New Zealand made a statement against the Bulldogs, thrashing the visitors in their biggest round one win in NRL history.

Blake Green pulled the strings and Adam Keighran was his able apprentice as the Warriors smashed the Bulldogs 40-6 in a one-sided affair.

Fears the Kiwi club would crumble following the departure of star halfback Shaun Johnson were shown to be premature as Green took command at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday.

Everything went through the veteran playmaker in an enormously promising team display against a Bulldogs side who rolled over in alarming fashion.

Centre Solomone Kata bagged two of the Warriors' seven tries but he was one of numerous attacking weapons able to shine after the home side established control up front.

Green had countless touches on both sides of the ruck, directing his runners and showing what a central figure he'll be this year.

He laid on both opening tries through cross kicks and unfurled key passes in several others.

The biggest plus for the hosts was the debut of five-eighth Keighran, who scored 16 points in a mature debut, including a first-half try.

Adam Keighran of the Warriors is congratulated on scoring a try

The 21-year-old tried nothing fancy - as club great and assistant Stacey Jones had suggested this week - but was highly effective and missed just the first of his seven conversion attempts.

Green's deft kicks set up tries to Ken Maumalo and Kata while Keighran took a pass from his halves partner in half a gap before gliding past two defenders.

Nathaniel Roache's try before halftime was the best, to put his team 22-0 up.

The young hooker, in his first appearance for 18 months, stormed 30m under the crossbar after brilliant work from Tongan pair Kata and David Fusitu'a.

Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck came alive after the break, using his footwork to score one try and set up Kata's second.

Crafty kick leads to Warriors opener

Peta Hiku scored the Warriors seventh try while new signing Christian Crichton bagged the Bulldogs' lone score.

There were few redeeming features for the visitors, who struggled for a foothold up front, missed easy tackles and kicked aimlessly.

In his first Bulldogs appearance, prop Dylan Napa looked off the pace in his 44 minutes while former Warriors playmaker Kieran Foran endured a forgettable return to Auckland, exacerbated when crunched by Jazz Tevaga. That brought a healthy roar from a crowd of 18,795.

Warriors management announced hours from kick-off that remaining tickets for the game would be free in a "unifying gesture" following the Christchurch terror attacks on Friday and a moving moment of silence before kick-off made for a sombre tribute to the victims.

"Our prayers and thoughts are going out to everyone in Christchurch," Roger Tuivasa-Sheck said after the game.

- with AAP

New Zealand made a statement against the Bulldogs, thrashing the visitors in their biggest round one win in NRL history.

Blake Green pulled the strings and Adam Keighran was his able apprentice as the Warriors smashed the Bulldogs 40-6 in a one-sided affair.

Fears the Kiwi club would crumble following the departure of star halfback Shaun Johnson were shown to be premature as Green took command at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday.

Everything went through the veteran playmaker in an enormously promising team display against a Bulldogs side who rolled over in alarming fashion.

Centre Solomone Kata bagged two of the Warriors' seven tries but he was one of numerous attacking weapons able to shine after the home side established control up front.

Green had countless touches on both sides of the ruck, directing his runners and showing what a central figure he'll be this year.

He laid on both opening tries through cross kicks and unfurled key passes in several others.

The biggest plus for the hosts was the debut of five-eighth Keighran, who scored 16 points in a mature debut, including a first-half try.

Adam Keighran of the Warriors is congratulated on scoring a try

The 21-year-old tried nothing fancy - as club great and assistant Stacey Jones had suggested this week - but was highly effective and missed just the first of his seven conversion attempts.

Green's deft kicks set up tries to Ken Maumalo and Kata while Keighran took a pass from his halves partner in half a gap before gliding past two defenders.

Nathaniel Roache's try before halftime was the best, to put his team 22-0 up.

The young hooker, in his first appearance for 18 months, stormed 30m under the crossbar after brilliant work from Tongan pair Kata and David Fusitu'a.

Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck came alive after the break, using his footwork to score one try and set up Kata's second.

Crafty kick leads to Warriors opener

Peta Hiku scored the Warriors seventh try while new signing Christian Crichton bagged the Bulldogs' lone score.

There were few redeeming features for the visitors, who struggled for a foothold up front, missed easy tackles and kicked aimlessly.

In his first Bulldogs appearance, prop Dylan Napa looked off the pace in his 44 minutes while former Warriors playmaker Kieran Foran endured a forgettable return to Auckland, exacerbated when crunched by Jazz Tevaga. That brought a healthy roar from a crowd of 18,795.

Warriors management announced hours from kick-off that remaining tickets for the game would be free in a "unifying gesture" following the Christchurch terror attacks on Friday and a moving moment of silence before kick-off made for a sombre tribute to the victims.

"Our prayers and thoughts are going out to everyone in Christchurch," Roger Tuivasa-Sheck said after the game.

- with AAP

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