Warriors show their mettle in win over Storm
REGULARLY criticised for their inconsistency, the Warriors showed they were a genuine top-four chance this season after an impressive 28-14 win over Melbourne at Mt Smart Stadium.
The hosts held a 16-0 lead at halftime, but the Storm came back to trail 20-14 on the hour, before New Zealand pulled away in the final quarter of the contest, halfback Shaun Johnson mesmerising the Storm defence to score the match-winning try.
Warriors centre David Fusitua was the star of the first half, producing a show and go for his outside winger Tuimoala Lolohea to run away and score.
Fusitua was then the beneficiary of some good work by fullback Sam Tomkins, before streaking down his flank and finishing impressively in the right-hand corner. Then with seven minutes left in the half, Johnson produced a short ball for Bodene Thompson to crash over and score.
The match looked over at that point, but a Marika Koroibete-try two minutes into the second half, courtesy of a perfect Cooper Cronk cross-field kick, gave the visitors a sniff. Lolohea then made it 20-8 but the Storm kept coming, Kenny Bromwich picking up his second to make it 20-14 before Johnson tripped the light fantastic to seal the third straight victory for the Warriors.
Meanwhile, New South Wales Origin discard Andrew Fifita ran for 204m to help the Sharks cruise to a 28-8 victory over a seriously-undermanned Dragons outfit at Remondis Stadium.