Recap Saturday’s NRL action as the New Zealand Warriors, Wests Tigers, and Canberra Raiders beat St George, Cronulla Sharks, and Melbourne Storm.
New Zealand Warriors 18-0 St. George Illawarra Dragons
Impressive stints from a pair of rookie Warriors helped New Zealand down a disappointing Dragons outfit 18-0 at Central Coast Stadium on Saturday
The two winless teams were desperate to get on the board but it was the Warriors who looked far more desperate and in an injury-ravaged forward pack it was budding stars Eliesa Katoa and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown who set the early running with their physicality and each were rewarded with first-half tries.
A rib injury that forced center Peta Hiku out of the game in the first half was the only sour note for Steve Kearney’s men, who have sacrificed more than most to uproot themselves from their homes and families to base themselves in Australia.
They were boosted by a stunning 100 percent completion rate through the first 75 minutes of the game, completing their first 44 sets before club debutant Jack Murchie was deemed to have lost the ball in a tackle.
While their completions were near-perfect, and even more important stat-line for Steve Kearney would be one that was perfect – the zero points conceded.
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 16-28 Wests Tigers
The Wests Tigers inflicted more pain on Cronulla after their torrid week by storming home to register a 28-16 win at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday.