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Solid first season in competition

The Warriors’ first foray into the NRL Touch Premiership has finished with the men’s team narrowly missing the opportunity to play in the finals.

The club’s two teams travelled to Newcastle for their sixth and final regular season matches against the Knights.

The men went into their contest lying fourth on six points and needing a win – and preferably by a healthy margin – to have a chance of making the top three for the play-offs.

However, the second-placed Knights were too hot to handle on the night winning 11-4 to leave the Warriors fourth and out of the running after finishing with a 3-3 record in their six games.

There are three games left before the finals start on August 11 with the Tigers (third) facing the Knights (second) tonight, the Broncos (sixth) taking on the Cowboys (first) tomorrow night and the Roosters (eighth) meeting the Titans (fifth) on Sunday.

The women ended their campaign with a tough 2-3 loss to the Knights leaving them with a 2-4 record. They sit sixth on four points for now.

The NRL Touch Premiership started last season with six clubs involved before the Warriors and the Sydney Roosters were added this year.

Overall the Warriors finished with a creditable 5-7 record across the two competitions. Fellow newcomers the Roosters are yet to register a victory in either the men’s or women’s divisions ahead of their last outings against the Titans.

The introduction of two Warriors teams is a joint venture between Touch New Zealand and the Vodafone Warriors.

Both the men’s and women’s sides made a good first impression in their inaugural season winning their first games against the Roosters at Mount Smart Stadium on May 5 with the men prevailing 8-7 and women 10-5.

The Warriors were also at home for their second set of games against the Wests Tigers on May 25.5th of May. The men lost a close encounter 5-6 while the women had a good 8-7 win.

The first away games of the season saw the Warriors travel to Australia’s Gold Coast to play the Titans at Cbus Super Stadium on June 2. The men had a tough loss against a strong Titans side, going down 5-11 while the women had a very close game, eventually going down 4-5.

Back home on June 30, the men triumphed 8-6 against the Parramatta Eels but the women came up against the competition-leading Eels and went down 2-9.

In their fifth outings, the men edged Brisbane 8-7 to sit fourth while the women lost 4-6.

2019 NRL TOUCH PREMIERSHIP

 

WARRIORS MEN

Michael Cavanagh (replaced by Josh Quinn)

Mita Graham

Ifor Jones

Pokaiaua Kurukaanga

Sean Law

Tiaan McIntyre

Danyon Morgan-Puterangi (replaced by Kristopher Middleton)

Awa Morris

Andy Bergin

Ashton Robinson (replaced by Tiwi Davis)

Carlos Savage

Matthew Sinclair

Finlay Barnett

Maurice Stone

Shaquille Stone

Head coach: Rahul Das

 

Results

v Sydney Roosters | Won 8-7

v Wests Tigers | Lost 5-6

v Gold Coast Titans | Lost 5-11

v Parramatta Eels | Won 8-6

v Brisbane Broncos | Won 8-7

v Newcastle Knights | Lost 4-11

 

WARRIORS WOMEN’S SQUAD

Tay-a Antonievic

Savarna Asafo-Tavita

Charlotte Davis

Nicole Drummond

Princess Elliot

Jaymie Kolose

Hayley Lee

Jessica Mahar

Isla Norman-Bell

Victoria Pone

Janelle Cavanagh

Meg Sycamore

Ariia Tainui-McIntyre

Codie Taute

Dayna Turnbull

Head Coach: Leana Fox

 

Results

v Sydney Roosters | Won 10-5

v Wests Tigers | Won 8-7

v Gold Coast Titans | Lost 4-5

v Parramatta Eels | Lost 2-9

v Brisbane Broncos | Lost 4-6

v Newcastle Knights | Lost 2-3