The Warriors have continued their rise up the NRL ladder with their fourth win from their last six matches.
They have blown the Newcastle Knights 36-6 at their home away from home in Tamworth, after leading 8-6 at halftime, to keep alive their top eight hopes.
It is the Warriors’ first win over a top eight side this season and lifts them to ninth on the table, just two points behind the Cronulla Sharks, who play the North Queensland Cowboys later tonight (Saturday).
Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck again led from the front, scoring two tries, saving another and running for more than 200 metres.
Adam Pompey got the Warriors off to a fast start, scoring in the right hand corner in the eighth minute after a clever flick pass from Peta Hiku. Halfback Chanel Harris-Tavita converted from the sideline to give the Warriors a 6-0 lead.
Harris-Tavita kicked a penalty six minutes later to stretch the advantage to eight points.
Newcastle centre Gehamat Shibasaki got the Knights on the board midway through the first-half after snatching a cross-field kick from the grasp of Warriors winger George Jennings. Kalyn Ponga converted the try to cut the deficit to two points.
The Knights could have taken the lead just minutes later when Newcastle captain Mitchell Pearce attempted to crash over the line. But Pearce was denied by his opposite Tuivasa-Sheck who stripped the ball from his grasp.