7 Apr 2008

New Zealand Warriors reclaim some respect from fans

5:29 am on 7 April 2008

New Zealand Warriors captain Ruben Wiki claimed his side had won back some respect after its 26-20 NRL win over Newcastle at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium yesterday.

The Warriors bounced back from last Monday's 52-6 thumping at the hands of Manly, sharpshooter Michael Witt's goal kicking proving the difference in the four-tries-apiece match.

A 95-metre try to Warriors winger Patrick Ah Vahn helped sealed the win after the Knights had made several comebacks.

Playing without injured stars Steve Price and Wade McKinnon, the Warriors raced to a 14-0 lead in front of 11,518 fans but the Knights fought back to trail 14-12 at halftime.