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The luck of the draws: A club history

Last Saturday night’s draw with Manly was the fifth time the One New Zealand Warriors have featured in a golden point stalemate, the most for any club since the NRL introduced the concept in 2003.

It was the Warriors’ first draw in five years dating back to the 18-18 result with the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in 2019, a night which saw six failed field goal attempts in extra time.

The club’s first extra time draw was the 31-31 deadlock against the Roosters in 2007 while there were two in the same season – 2009 – when the Warriors and Melbourne drew 14-14 in the first Anzac Day match between the two clubs followed by a 32-32 outcome against Penrith later that year. In the Melbourne contest Micheal Luck made a then NRL record 74 tackles while in the draw against the Panthers Joel Moon scored four tries.

In pre-golden point days the Warriors featured in four draws which make for rich trivia fare. They happened in consecutive seasons, two each time, in 2000 and 2001 and ended in the same score each season – 18-18 against the Knights and Bulldogs in 2000 and 24-24 against the Bulldogs and the Storm in 2001.

The 2001 clash against the Bulldogs in Wellington stands as one of the most extraordinary contests in NRL history when the Warriors came back from 8-24 down with three tries in the final five minutes to level up at 24-24 only for Stacey Jones to miss the conversion for the win.

The Melbourne result was the most significant draw in the club’s history as it secured a spot in the finals for the first time.

North Queensland has played more golden point games than any other club with 25, the Warriors next with 23 alongside Canberra and Penrith.

DRAWN MATCHES | 1995-2024

Ericsson Stadium: v Knights 18-18
Stadium Australia: v Bulldogs 18-18
Westpac Stadium: v Bulldogs 24-24
Colonial Stadium: v Storm 24-24
Sydney Football Stadium: v Roosters 31-31
Olympic Park: v Storm 14-14
Penrith Stadium: v Penrith 32-32
Suncorp Stadium: v Broncos 18-18
Go Media Stadium: v Sea Eagles 22-22
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