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Warriors hit back in style beating Broncos

A great return for the Warriors after last weeks thrashing as they beat the Broncos
The Warriors celebrate their win over the Brisbane Broncos at Mt Smart PHOTO: NRL

The Warriors have put their horror loss last week behind them with Te Maire Martin leading them to a 32-16 victory over Brisbane at Mt Smart.

Martin laid on three tries and scored one of his own as the Warriors came up with their seventh win of the season and putting fans at ease.

An early blow for the Broncos with back-rower Jack Gosiewski leaving the field with an arm injury in just the fifth minute.


The Warriors had the lead soon after when Maire Martin put Chanel Harris-Tavita into a hole with a well-timed pass. The conversion from Adam Pompey made it 6-0 to the home side.

The Warriors continued to mount pressure and Martin had a try of his own when he scooted over from dummy half in the 15th minute after a quick play the ball from Adam Pompey.

With the weight of possession in their favour the Warriors collected their third try in the 28th minute when a Martin grubber came off Broncos prop Martin Taupau and rolled into the in goal and Harris-Tavita slid in to complete his double.

An error by Dylan Walker in the 30th minute presented the Broncos with an opportunity and Deine Mariner came up with his 13th try of the season after a scramble for a loose ball from a Jock Madden kick.

With three minutes remaining in the half Harris-Tavita was over the stripe for a third time but the try was called back for obstruction in the

The Broncos had just 38 percent of the ball and half as many running metres in the first half they had done well to stay within 10 points and they threatened early in the second when Selwyn Cobbo exploded into space but his attempted offload went forward.

A 40-20 by Ezra Man in the 48th minute put Brisbane on the attack and Cobbo looked to have come up with a miraculous put down in the corner but the bunker ruled he had lost control.

Just two minutes later the Broncos did crack the Warriors when Mariner crossed for his second try to join Titans winger Alofiana Khan-Pereira at the top of the tryscoring charts with 14.

With 20 minutes remaining the Warriors went ahead by 12 points when Martin put in a pinpoint grubber kick for Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to score.

The home teams comfort was short lived as Xavier Willison powered through four defenders to post Brisbane's third try in the 65th minute to make it 22-16.

Just four minutes later Martin went to the air and found a flying Dallin Watene-Zelezniak for his eighth try of the season and the margin was back to 10 with 10 minutes to play.

A runaround play between Mitch Barnett and Freddy Lussick created another four-pointer in the 73rd minute and from there the Warriors were able to close the game out and consign last year's grand finalists to a fourth consecutive defeat.

Warriors 32 (Chanel Harris-Tavita 2 tries, Te Maire Martin, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck , Dallin Watene-Zelezniak , Freddy Lussick tries; Adam Pompey 3, Harris-Tavita goals) Brisbane Broncos 16 (Deine Mariner 2 tries, Xavier Willison try; Kotoni Staggs 2 goals). HT: 16-6.


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