Vodafone Warriors v Knights

Date: Sunday June 1, 2014
Venue: Mt Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland, NZ

Matchday hashtag: #NRLwarnew #WarriorsForever
Matchday sponsor: Canterbury of New Zealand is the matchday sponsor for the round 12 match between Vodafone Warriors and Newcastle Knights. Visit www.canterburyofnz.com
Apparel: The team will be wearing the heritage jersey on matchday
CLICK HERE to purchase the jersey

TIMES

Gates Open 11.30am
NSW Cup Kickoff 11.40am
NYC Kickoff 1.45pm
NRL Kickoff 4.05pm
Event Finishes 6.00pm

BROADCAST

TV SKY Sport 2 will be covering all three matches live from 11.30am and Maori Television will be showing the NRL match delayed at 7.30pm on Sunday

Online NRL Digital Pass (AUS)
Radio Radio Sport will be covering the NRL match live from 4.00pm. Aucklanders can tune-in on 98.2FM or 1332AM

NRL PREVIEW

The Vodafone Warriors make their ‘Royal Return to Mt Smart’ for a massive occasion on Queens Birthday weekend. It will be a particularly special day for club captain Simon Mannering, who will play his 200th game for the Auckland side and his 100th as captain.

In a Round 12 match-up the team will host the Newcastle Knights who are in need of a swift turn-around.

After a successful campaign last year which saw them come within one game of the NRL Grand Final, Wayne Bennett’s side has endured a disappointing start to 2014 and sit at 15th after 10 rounds of play. The Knights arrive in Auckland on the back of four-straight losses, which is the longest active streak in the league.

The Vodafone Warriors, sitting at 12th place on a tightly-bunched ladder, will be looking to begin the month of June on a high and produce a win for the faithful at Mt Smart.

CLICK HERE for the NRL team list

Head-to-head: Newcastle Knights 15 wins, Vodafone Warriors 14 wins, 1 draw

Last meeting: Vodafone Warriors 28 (Manu Vatuvei, Thomas Leuluai, Simon Mannering, Sam Rapira, Elijah Taylor tries; Shaun Johnson 4 conversions) defeated Newcastle Knights 12 (James McManus 2 tries; Kurt Gidley 2 conversions) at Mt Smart Stadium.

NYC PREVIEW

The Vodafone Junior Warriors host the competition-leading Newcastle Knights in the second match-up on Sunday’s billing. The Knights, alone atop the ladder on 19 points, have only lost once this season and will arrive in Auckland well-rested after a round 11 bye. The Vodafone Junior Warriors, currently placed seventh, will be eager to build on their 20-16 win against the Titans last weekend and their efforts will be aided by the return of co-captains Mason Lino and Sam Lisone. Lino’s appearance on Sunday will mark his 50th in NYC football, yet another milestone for the club to recognise across its squads.

CLICK here for the NYC team list

NSW CUP PREVIEW

The Vodafone Warriors host a Knights’ line-up whose recent fortune matches that of their NRL affiliate. Like the Knights in the NRL, the reserve-grade side has been on a four-game losing skid. After winning five from their first seven, Newcastle have found themselves in a slump and they will be anxious to correct their form at Mt Smart. On the flip-side, the Vodafone Warriors have strung together two back-to-back road wins against Manly and North Sydney and will be looking to continue in this vein on Sunday.

TICKETING INFORMATION

Make the most of a fantastic ticketing deal which gives you 5 tickets in the North Stand for only $50! Bring your mates, your cousins, or your kids!*

Other tickets start at $30 for adults and $10 for children (fees apply). CLICK HERE to buy tickets now

*Terms and conditions

MEMBERS ONLY LOUNGE

The Legends Lounge in the East Stand will be open after the match. Members will be able to enjoy live music as well as player interviews hosted by former Vodafone Warriors great Monty Betham. 

TRANSPORT

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PARKING

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VENUE INFORMATION

Click HERE for conditions of entry and visitor information for Mt Smart Stadium

LOCAL BARS AND EATERIES

If you are looking to enjoy a meal or go for a drink with your mates then here are a few suggestions:

Restaurants
SKYCITY has the best restaurants to choose from in Auckland including Gusto at the Grand, The Grill, Masu, The Suger Club, DEPOT, Federal Delicatessen, Jade Dragon, Orbit, Fortuna, Bellota and Rebo | More at www.skycityauckland.co.nz/restaurants

Wendy’s
Wendy’s – Dominion Road, Mt Eden

Wendy’s – 620 Great South Road, Greenlane

Wendy’s – 290 Queen Street, Auckland CBD

Bars
If you are looking for a bar, then look no further than SKYCITY. With a fantastic selection to choose from including X.O., twentyone, Bellota, Aces Bar, The Deck, Rouge Bar, Sky Lounge and Sammy’s Place, you are sure to find a place perfect for you

More at www.skycityauckland.co.nz/bars

Road Warrior Rd #9 Winner

Congratulations to Ali Nolan, our latest Suzuki Road Warrior finalist who now has a one in ten chance of winning the Suzuki Road Warrior at our final home game of the season. Do you want to win – it’s easy, simply enter the prize draw at our membership tent on the concourse at this weekend’s match and you will be in the draw. Not only will you be in with a chance of winning the Suzuki Road Warrior, you’ll be hosted in Suzuki’s corporate suite at our final home match of 2014 along with a Suzuki gift pack and ticket upgrade to our next match against the Broncos on Saturday 21st June.

Matchday hashtag: #NRLwarnew #WarriorsForever

Matchday sponsor: Canterbury of New Zealand is the matchday sponsor for the round 12 match between Vodafone Warriors and Newcastle Knights. Visit www.canterburyofnz.com

Apparel: The team will be wearing the heritage jersey on matchday
CLICK HERE to purchase the jersey

Matchday hashtag: #NRLwarnew #WarriorsForever

Matchday sponsor: Canterbury of New Zealand is the matchday sponsor for the round 12 match between Vodafone Warriors and Newcastle Knights. Visit www.canterburyofnz.com

Apparel: The team will be wearing the heritage jersey on matchday
CLICK HERE to purchase the jersey

Matchday hashtag: #NRLwarnew #WarriorsForever

Matchday sponsor: Canterbury of New Zealand is the matchday sponsor for the round 12 match between Vodafone Warriors and Newcastle Knights. Visit www.canterburyofnz.com

Apparel: The team will be wearing the heritage jersey on matchday
CLICK HERE to purchase the jersey

Matchday hashtag: #NRLwarnew #WarriorsForever

Matchday sponsor: Canterbury of New Zealand is the matchday sponsor for the round 12 match between Vodafone Warriors and Newcastle Knights. Visit www.canterburyofnz.com

Apparel: The team will be wearing the heritage jersey on matchday
CLICK HERE to purchase the jersey