The New Zealand Warriors have started the 2023 season with a win.
The Warriors’ 20-12 victory over the Newcastle Knights was an excellent start for new coach Andrew Webster.
The Knights started well, scoring in the second minute. It took more than 20 minutes for the Warriors to respond with a try to wing Edward Kosi.
Four minutes later, a try for Bunty Afoa gave the Warriors a 10-6 halftime lead.
The second half was a see-saw battle with the Knights taking the lead and the warriors regaining it.
A gutsy defensive effort in the final 15 minutes, including try-saving tackles from Nicoll-Klokstad and Adam Pompey, kept the Warriors in front and gave them victory.