Warriors turn it on at CET Arena
Rugby league fans had a day to remember, with a win for the New Zealand Warriors in the first top level game in Manawatu in more than 20 years.
Spectators cheered and waved flags throughout the side’s confident 26 - 6 win over the Gold Coast Titans at CET Arena, with players greeting fans and signing autographs after the game.
Fan Paul MacDonald said he was at the ground for the last Warriors’ pre-season in Palmerston North in 1995.
‘‘It’s better up close, you hear the impact of the tackles, you don’t get that effect on TV. You feel the pain.’’
He was hoping for a better season this year from the Warriors, who finished 10th in 2016. Based on the form they showed on Sunday, MacDonald said things were looking hopeful.
Terrence Waruhopa, 10, was
‘‘It's good because it's promoting league for the younger ones’’ Wynita Roberts, fan
thrilled to see the game up close.
‘‘Seeing them you get excited, the crowd’s really good - they are cheering, and they’ve got Shaun Johnson.’’
Waruhopa played in the Keen Kiwis mini league festival earlier in the afternoon, and said he wanted to put more effort into league now.
‘‘It made me inspired, they tell you to keep trying.’’
Wynita Roberts was watching the game with a big group of family and friends. Her son was a ball boy for the match.
‘‘It’s good because it’s promoting league for the younger ones, because it’s not as strong here [as union].’’
A Warriors fan laps up the side’s strong performance against the Gold Coast Titans in Palmerston North.