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Loyal Vodafone Warriors members and fans have been singled out for the way they stood by their team by turning up at Mount Smart Stadium to watch yesterday's 28-12 win over Newcastle. Photo: Photosport.

The official crowd of 9257 was the smallest for any of the clubs four games at Mount Smart so far plus the matches at Eden Park and Westpac Stadium.

Speaking on behalf of the players and the coaching staff, Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott said he couldnt thank the members and fans enough for their support yesterday.

It was obviously a really tough week for everyone associated with the club and everyone out there who supports us, he said.

As difficult as it was, we were blown away by the way people got behind us throughout the week sending us messages of support and best wishes. It was really humbling.

But the people who truly deserve a special vote of gratitude are those who were at the ground yesterday, those 9000 or so people who showed the level of their commitment by being there.

I know from talking to Simon (Mannering) and the boys just how much it meant to them. They loved having those members and fans there showing how much they cared and how much they wanted to ride the team home for a win we desperately wanted for ourselves and one we also wanted for them.

The players said it made a massive difference throughout the match and especially in the final stages to have such vocal and passionate support there helping to drive them home.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who was at the ground yesterday. They had a big part to play in the success and we couldnt be happier that we were able to come away with a result for them.

"It was a special day, a special win and a special crowd. From all of us, thank you so much for being there to help us.

The win was the Vodafone Warriors third of the season, lifting them to 14th spot.
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