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Warriors sneak away with win over Knights

The Warriors snuck away with the win in the final minutes of a nail-biting match against the Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium.

In wet and slippery conditions, the Knights played it safe to start the game, taking two points on offer when they came early.

Missing a host of stars to Origin and injury, the Knights ran out a new-look side on Saturday night.

While the Knights took an early 2-0 lead, the Warriors squared the ledger at the 15th minute with an Issac Luke goal.

Despite the Warriors have the weight of possession, it was the home side who scored first when a Lachlan Fitzgibbon offload found Sione Mata’utia.

A mistake from David Fusitu’a on the stroke of halftime saw Fitzgibbon score the easiest of tries and put the visitors up 12-2 at the break.

The start to the second half was a different tale with the Warriors busting out of the gates.

Peta Hiku scored after just 43 minutes, while Ken Maumalo crossed four minutes later.

A penalty goal saw the Knights lock up the sores at 14-all before the winger was in again in the 55th minute following a quick spread of hands by the Warriors.

Down 18-14, a never-say-die attitude got the Knights back in front. A perfect short ball from Herman Ese'ese put Sione Mata'utia under the sticks for a double. Mason Lino converted from in front and the Knights took a two point lead.

Sam Lisone picked up the scraps for the Warriors, crossing the line under the posts and putting the Warriors back in front with 10 minutes remaining.

The Warriors gave away two penalties in the final minute, one for a scrum infringement, one for a professional foul which resulted in Paasi being sin-binned, however the Knights couldn't seal the deal.

Knights 20 (T: Mata'utia 2, Fitzgibbon, G: Lino 2/3)

Warriors 24