Warriors Defeat Knights 20-4 to Celebrate Luke's 250th Game

The Warriors have put their hat back in the top four ring with a win over the Knights tonight. A great way to mark Issac Luke's 250th game. With Mitchell Pearce having the exact same milestone, only one was going to end up celebrating today.

This was a win battle for the forwards with the Warriors monstering the Knights through Simon Mannering, Luke,  prop Agnatius Paasi and charging forwards, Bunty Afoa and Jazz Tevaga, not to mention a try scoring Adam Blair his first as a Warrior

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck massive 338 metres from 24 runs, which also included 10 tackle breaks. The stats trying hard to describe his almost impossible stepping ability.

Blake Green and Shaun Johnson slowly took a stranglehold on proceedings after a slow start while the wingers – David Fusitu'a with his finishing and bomb defuses – and Ken Maumalo with his hard yards on defence made wore down the visitors in a tough encounter.

Ken Sio handed the Knights the early scoreboard initiative, when he gathered a borderline forward pass from Pearce before spinning past centre Gerard Beale,the Warriors failing to stop him after 3 warriors came to help Shaun Johnson

The Warriors used several grubber kicks from Green and Johnson which were easily read and countered by the Knights. It was unusual that Fusitu'a wasn't used to finish off like he usually does, Kearney probably advising against it with the cold, slippery conditions

But as is the way with these Warriors, they flicked the switch by starting to spin the ball.
Second rower Blair drew the hosts level in the 28th minute when he stormed onto a popped pass from Beale after a telling initial thrust from Mannering and lead-up silky work from Tuivasa-Sheck and Johnson.

After some fleet of foot from Tuivasa-Sheck and Johson, Blair pounced on a deft offload from a falling Beale to score. Johnson slotted the conversion.

Not long after this try, Fusitu'a shrugged off Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga as other Knights to score in the corner
 Six minutes in to the 2nd half Fusitu'a spilled a chest high pass from Johnson.

Not long after a break sparked by a difficult offload by Tevaga and another just like it from Luke allowed Green to stroll through a gaping hole and some equally soft Knights defense to score

When Aidan Guerra lost control of an uncontested grubber from Pearce, the Knights didn't have any chance of winning it from there

- Jeremy


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