Warriors run riot in high-scoring NRL game

The Warriors continued their inconsistent season on Friday night, scoring seven tries against an injury-hit North Queensland in a 37-26 bout at Central Coast Stadium.

Having previously scored just four tries in four games, the Warriors ran riot, contributing to a bizarre 12-try total for the night.

Kodi Nikorima was a standout for the Warriors with two try-assists, two line-break assists, a linebreak and a field goal to give the Warriors their second win of the season.

However, while the attack was slick from both teams, the defences went missing as they went try-for-try at Central Coast Stadium.

Warriors centre Peta Hiku crossed the line three times – his first tries of the season – as he wreaked havoc down the Cowboys’ left edge.

There were troubling signs for North Queensland, who lost Valentine Holmes and Jordan McLean early on, but they unearthed a star in the making with teenager Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow announcing his NRL arrival.

Already hailed ‘the fastest player in the NRL’, the 18-year-old slotted in at fullback on his debut after Holmes was taken from the field with an ankle injury.

After a slow start the Cowboys came alive midway through the first half before their energy was snuffed out in defence late in the game.

Centre Esan Marsters made poor defensive reads on Hiku who scored easily on the left edge to take the Warriors up 16-12 five minutes before halftime.

A penalty before the buzzer gave Nikorima the perfect opportunity to nail a field goal to go five ahead at the break.

Tries to Justin O’Neill and Francis Molo got the Cowboys in front 10 minutes after halftime, but they ran out of gas with just two players left on the bench.

The Warriors rolled down the opposite end for centre Hiku to cross for a double within nine minutes.

The Warriors will next face South Sydney at Bankwest Stadium, while the Cowboys will play Wests Tigers in Campbelltown.





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