Warriors weather the Storm for vital win

Manu Vatuvei reacts after the loss to the Sea Eagles.
Manu Vatuvei reacts after the loss to the Sea Eagles.
Kevin Locke chases down a loose ball during the Warriors' loss to the Sea Eagles.
Kevin Locke chases down a loose ball during the Warriors' loss to the Sea Eagles.
Ngani Laumape touches down for a try against the Sea Eagles.
Ngani Laumape touches down for a try against the Sea Eagles.
Shaun Johnson in action against the Sea Eagles.
Shaun Johnson in action against the Sea Eagles.
Feleti Mateo of the Warriors charges forward against the Storm.
Feleti Mateo of the Warriors charges forward against the Storm.
 Jacob Lillyman of the Warriors offloads to setup another attack.
Jacob Lillyman of the Warriors offloads to setup another attack.
Cooper Cronk of the Melbourne Storm is brought down by strong Warriors defence.
Cooper Cronk of the Melbourne Storm is brought down by strong Warriors defence.
Shaun Johnson scored two tries and kicked four conversions in the win at Leichhardt Oval.
Shaun Johnson scored two tries and kicked four conversions in the win at Leichhardt Oval.
Warriors centre Feleti Mateo is tackled by Blake Ayshford.
Warriors centre Feleti Mateo is tackled by Blake Ayshford.
Shaun Johnson high-fives captain Simon Mannering after his second half try, part of his 16-point haul in the 24-14 win over the Wests Tigers.
Shaun Johnson high-fives captain Simon Mannering after his second half try, part of his 16-point haul in the 24-14 win over the Wests Tigers.
Warriors forward Elijah Taylor is bent back in the tackle of three Wests Tigers players.
Warriors forward Elijah Taylor is bent back in the tackle of three Wests Tigers players.
Suaia Matagi cops a forearm to the nose as he hits the ball up.
Suaia Matagi cops a forearm to the nose as he hits the ball up.
Ben Matulino charges straight into the Wests Tigers defence.
Ben Matulino charges straight into the Wests Tigers defence.
Kevin Locke runs straight into Kiwis team-mate Adam Blair during their match at Leichhardt Oval.
Kevin Locke runs straight into Kiwis team-mate Adam Blair during their match at Leichhardt Oval.
Konrad Hurrell attempts to break the Rabbitohs' defence in Perth.
Konrad Hurrell attempts to break the Rabbitohs' defence in Perth.
Thomas Leuluai makes a break during the Warriors' loss to the Rabbitohs.
Thomas Leuluai makes a break during the Warriors' loss to the Rabbitohs.
Isaac Luke of the Rabbitohs gets tackled by Feleti Mateo of the Warriors.
Isaac Luke of the Rabbitohs gets tackled by Feleti Mateo of the Warriors.
Nathan Merritt of the Rabbitohs gets tackled by Elijah Taylor of the Warriors.
Nathan Merritt of the Rabbitohs gets tackled by Elijah Taylor of the Warriors.
Glen Fisiiahi (left) and Konrad Hurrell celebrate the win over Brisbane Broncos.
Glen Fisiiahi (left) and Konrad Hurrell celebrate the win over Brisbane Broncos.
Kevin Locke is taken in the tackle of a Brisbane Broncos player.
Kevin Locke is taken in the tackle of a Brisbane Broncos player.
Feleti Mateo offloads in the tackle of a Brisbane Broncos player.
Feleti Mateo offloads in the tackle of a Brisbane Broncos player.
Manu Vatuvei celebrates scoring the first against the Brisbane Broncos.
Manu Vatuvei celebrates scoring the first against the Brisbane Broncos.
Elijah Taylor tries to fend off James Maloney during the Warriors' 23-12 win over the Roosters.
Elijah Taylor tries to fend off James Maloney during the Warriors' 23-12 win over the Roosters.
Glen Fisiiahi breaks away to score a try against the Roosters.
Glen Fisiiahi breaks away to score a try against the Roosters.
Sonny Bill Williams tries to escape the Warriors' tackle.
Sonny Bill Williams tries to escape the Warriors' tackle.
Thomas Leuluai gets the kick off as he is tackled by Sonny Bill Williams.
Thomas Leuluai gets the kick off as he is tackled by Sonny Bill Williams.
Anthony Minichello executes a try saving tackle on Ben Matulino.
Anthony Minichello executes a try saving tackle on Ben Matulino.
Konrad Hurrell beats the tackle of Manly's Brent Kite on his way to the tryline for the match-winning try.
Konrad Hurrell beats the tackle of Manly's Brent Kite on his way to the tryline for the match-winning try.
Warriors players (from left) Jacon Lillyman, Simon Mannering and Konrad Hurrell watch replays on the big screen as video refs consider a decision.
Warriors players (from left) Jacon Lillyman, Simon Mannering and Konrad Hurrell watch replays on the big screen as video refs consider a decision.
Manu Vatuvei leaves Manly's Daly Cherry-Evans in his wake.
Manu Vatuvei leaves Manly's Daly Cherry-Evans in his wake.
Manu Vatuvei charges ahead against Manly.
Manu Vatuvei charges ahead against Manly.
Shaun Johnson of the Warriors breaks away from the Bronco's defence.
Shaun Johnson of the Warriors breaks away from the Bronco's defence.
Jordan Kahu of the Warriors blows a kiss to the fans as he celebrates a try against the Broncos.
Jordan Kahu of the Warriors blows a kiss to the fans as he celebrates a try against the Broncos.
The Bronco's Josh Hoffman makes little ground against the Warriors.
The Bronco's Josh Hoffman makes little ground against the Warriors.
Konrad Hurrell touches down for the Warriors against the Broncos.
Konrad Hurrell touches down for the Warriors against the Broncos.
Warrior Kevin Locke arrives at Mt Smart Stadium for an emergency meeting after the team's hammering by the Panthers.
Warrior Kevin Locke arrives at Mt Smart Stadium for an emergency meeting after the team's hammering by the Panthers.
Warriors coach Matthew Elliott arrives at Mt Smart Stadium for an emergency meeting after the team's hammering by the Panthers.
Warriors coach Matthew Elliott arrives at Mt Smart Stadium for an emergency meeting after the team's hammering by the Panthers.
Warriors players arrive at Mt Smart Stadium for an emergency meeting after the team's hammering by the Panthers.
Warriors players arrive at Mt Smart Stadium for an emergency meeting after the team's hammering by the Panthers.
Sam Kasiano of the Bulldogs makes little ground against the Warriors' defence.
Sam Kasiano of the Bulldogs makes little ground against the Warriors' defence.
Manu Vatuvei celebrates with Todd Lowrie after scoring the Warriors' first try against the Bulldogs in Wellington.
Manu Vatuvei celebrates with Todd Lowrie after scoring the Warriors' first try against the Bulldogs in Wellington.
Thomas Leuluai scores for the Warriors against the Bulldogs at Westpac stadium in Wellington.
Thomas Leuluai scores for the Warriors against the Bulldogs at Westpac stadium in Wellington.
The Warriors' Manu Vatuvei and Bulldog Sam Perrett contest for a high ball.
The Warriors' Manu Vatuvei and Bulldog Sam Perrett contest for a high ball.
Feleti Mateo (right) celebrates his try against the Titans with Manu Vatuvei.
Feleti Mateo (right) celebrates his try against the Titans with Manu Vatuvei.
Manu Vatuvei chases the ball into the in-goal.
Manu Vatuvei chases the ball into the in-goal.
Kevin Locke takes on the Titans defence.
Kevin Locke takes on the Titans defence.
Russell Packer charges ahead for the Warriors against the Titans.
Russell Packer charges ahead for the Warriors against the Titans.
Shaun Johnson of the Warriors makes a break against the Melbourne Storm in round seven.
Shaun Johnson of the Warriors makes a break against the Melbourne Storm in round seven.
Konrad Hurrell of the Warriors takes a hit against the Storm.
Konrad Hurrell of the Warriors takes a hit against the Storm.
Shaun Johnson scores for the Warriors against the Storm.
Shaun Johnson scores for the Warriors against the Storm.
Bill Tupou celebrates with teammates after scoring a try for the Warriors against the Storm.
Bill Tupou celebrates with teammates after scoring a try for the Warriors against the Storm.
Konrad Hurrell of the Warriors fends off Jarrod Croker of the Raiders during the round six clash between the sides.
Konrad Hurrell of the Warriors fends off Jarrod Croker of the Raiders during the round six clash between the sides.
Bill Tupou of the Warriors tries to grab a loose ball under pressure from Jarrod Croker of the Raiders.
Bill Tupou of the Warriors tries to grab a loose ball under pressure from Jarrod Croker of the Raiders.
Warrior Kevin Locke on the charge against the Canberra Raiders in round six.
Warrior Kevin Locke on the charge against the Canberra Raiders in round six.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors and Jack Wighton of the Raiders contest a high ball during their round six encounter.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors and Jack Wighton of the Raiders contest a high ball during their round six encounter.
Ben Matulino of the Warriors dives over to score a try during the round five match with the Rabbitohs.
Ben Matulino of the Warriors dives over to score a try during the round five match with the Rabbitohs.
Manu Vatuvei tries to make the hard yards against the Rabbitohs.
Manu Vatuvei tries to make the hard yards against the Rabbitohs.
Todd Lowrie spins a pass during the round five encounter with the Rabbitohs.
Todd Lowrie spins a pass during the round five encounter with the Rabbitohs.
Ngani Laumape tries to make ground against a wall of Rabbitohs players.
Ngani Laumape tries to make ground against a wall of Rabbitohs players.
Konrad Hurrell escapes the tackle of James Tamou of the Cowboys.
Konrad Hurrell escapes the tackle of James Tamou of the Cowboys.
Feleti Mateo congratulates Shaun Johnson on his try against the Cowboys.
Feleti Mateo congratulates Shaun Johnson on his try against the Cowboys.
Nathan Friend prepares for the tackle against the Cowboys.
Nathan Friend prepares for the tackle against the Cowboys.
Pita Godinet gets a pass away against the Cowboys.
Pita Godinet gets a pass away against the Cowboys.
Thomas Leuluai gets through the tackle of the Sharks' Wade Graham.
Thomas Leuluai gets through the tackle of the Sharks' Wade Graham.
Dane Nielsen attempts to slip through a Sharks tackle.
Dane Nielsen attempts to slip through a Sharks tackle.
Elijah Taylor on the run against the Sharks.
Elijah Taylor on the run against the Sharks.
Sonny Bill Williams makes his return to Eden Park, this time for the Roosters against the Warriors.
Sonny Bill Williams makes his return to Eden Park, this time for the Roosters against the Warriors.
Captain Simon Mannering gets caught in the tackle against the Roosters.
Captain Simon Mannering gets caught in the tackle against the Roosters.
Kevin Locke is tackled by former Warrior James Maloney.
Kevin Locke is tackled by former Warrior James Maloney.
Kevin Locke and Shaun Johnson look on after losing to the Roosters in round two.
Kevin Locke and Shaun Johnson look on after losing to the Roosters in round two.
Ben Matulino on the run against the Eels.
Ben Matulino on the run against the Eels.
Manu Vatuvei absorbs two tackles from the Eels.
Manu Vatuvei absorbs two tackles from the Eels.
Jacob Lillyman touches down in the Warriors opener against the Eels.
Jacob Lillyman touches down in the Warriors opener against the Eels.
Shaun Johnson on the attack against the Eels.
Shaun Johnson on the attack against the Eels.

The Warriors have surged past the Storm 30-22 at Mt Smart Stadium this afternoon, in one of the best games of league the NRL has seen this year.

From stunning length of the field tries, match saving tackles and dramatic, momentum-changing refereeing decisions, the clash was a beauty; surely ranking as one of the best in an already existing history between the pair.

Much had been made of the Warriors' ability to humble the Storm in the past.

Though the Storm still hold the ledger, the New Zealand side and their typically wild, unpredictable play has traditionally rattled the direct, structured approach of Craig Bellamy's side.

Yet while the razzle dazzle was there from the Warriors this afternoon, the foundation of their victory was built on hard-word, good second and third phase yards and using opportunities cleverly when they came their way.

Skipper Simon Mannering and first-five Thomas Leuluai were the standouts for the hosts. Mannering led his side from the front, making important tackles - including a try-saver on Maurice Blair in the second stanza, and making workhorse metres throughout. 

Creative with the boot and industrious throughout, Leuluai was just as important - scoring a hugely deserved first half try.

The Storm, meanwhile, were rocks and diamonds. While structured from set-play, the performance lacked general execution - bombing five tries overall.

After a quiet first forty, star fullback Billy Slater, and Origin halfback Cooper Cronk, were brutal in the second half - ripping the Warriors right edge to ribbons, and taking their team within two points, twice in the second half. 

Slater, Blair and Cronk would all cross - while Will Chambers would chase Shaun Johnson the length of the field to deny the Warriors' speedy halfback four points with try line just inches away.

The Warriors would just hang on though - with second half tries to centre Konrad Hurrell and fullback Kevin Locke the ultimate difference.

Warriors winger Ngani Laumape crossed twice in the first 12 minutes, handing his side an early lead. 

While the Storm hit back, through winger Justin O'Neill, the home side were polished in all aspects of their game in the first 40. 

The Storm's at-times poor execution, and bad luck, certainly helped the Warriors cause, however.

Only three minutes after O'Neill's try in the left-hand corner, fellow winger Sisa Waqa should have crossed on the right but for a forward pass.

Both attacking raids came from massive 40/20s from Cronk and Cameron Smith. Waqa's fingers let him down after 22 minutes, when he dropped a Cronk chip.

The Storm should have felt aggrieved when they made their next attacking raid, after 25 minutes.

O'Neill crossed again in the left-hand corner, off another scrum, though saw the ball dislodged from his hands thanks to a knee to his shoulder from Locke.

The Warriors kept grinding - and were rewarded with a good Leuluai try, which featured some impressive footwork close to the line, only five minutes before the half ended.

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