Live updates: New Zealand Warriors vs Canberra Raiders - NRL


FULLTIME: That is the ball game in Auckland and the Raiders. claim a much-needed two points. Six tries to three for the Warriors.  

79mins: That was another classic try as they were throwing it around and it paid off. 

78mins: TRY WARRIORS: A late try to the Warriors and Isaiah Papali'i goes over for his first career try. They throw the ball around and the youngster dives over. Lino converts the try. 

77mins: Jordan Rapana nearly comes up with a miracle play to score but the dead ball line played a part. An extra metre and they would have likely been a try. 

76mins: Another mistake by the Warriors..... 

74mins: As expecetd no mistake with the conversion. 

73mins: TRY RAIDERS: Easy try for Nick Cotric who walks past Ryan Hoffman who made no effort to tackle the winger and he goes over under the black dot. 

72mins: The Warriors drop the ball and the Raiders have the scrum. 

71mins: The Warriors complete their set and get to the kick. 

69mins: Another poor set by the Warriors and that play if you saw it sums up their season. Raiders scrum on the halfway line. 

68mins: From the tap, the Raiders drop the ball. Warriors scrum. 

67mins: The Raiders win a off-the-ball penalty. Ben Matulino looks like the guitly culprate.

66mins: From the sideline and it goes over. The Raiders lead 30-10.

64mins: TRY RAIDERS: Jordan Rapana with the classy dive in the corner and that will secure the two points for the Raiders. They catch Ken Maumalo way too far infield and the Kiwis' international goes over. 

63mins: Chris Satae makes a little break and bobbles the ball, he tries to bat it back and the ball is intercepted by the Raiders. 

62mins: The Raiders kick the ball into touch and they are already trying to chew up some clock. 

60mins: Another great strike by Jarrod Crocker and the Raiders lead 24-10 in Auckland. 

59mins: TRY RAIDERS: Joseph Leilua crashes over for the Raiders and they make the Warriors pay for unforced errors. 

58mins: The Warriors make a mistake in the first set from the restart and those little mistake shave hurt the Warriors big time in 2017. 

57mins: The Conversion goes wide and the Raiders lead 18-10.

56mins: TRY WARRIORS: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck goes over for a well-deserved try. The Warriors attack down the left wing and the fullback forces his way over the line to score. 

55mins: Hingano stays out on the field and play resumes. 

55mins: Time is off as Ata Hingano who has played well hurts his leg and looks to be in pain. The young five-eighth has played well in this match. 

54mins: The Raiders kick the ball dead. The Warriors take a quick tap and they are away.

53mins: Now the Raiders win a penalty. 

52mins: Mason Lino goes close to diving over on the fourth. Sam Lisone picks the ball up to try dive over but he is held up.

50mins: A poor kick on te last tackle and the Raiders hold on once more. 

48mins: Sam Lisone with his best run of the season by a long shot and he wins a penalty. Solomone Kata is back on the field. 

47mins: Another repeat set goes to the Warriors. 

46mins: Another good kick but is well read by Jarrod Croker and he finds Blake Austin who runs down the field. Two plays later the Green Machine make a mistake. 

44mins: The Warriors go close once again and force another repeat set. 

43mins: The Warriors go close to scoring, but they get the next best thing, and that is a repeat set. 

42mins: The Raiders made a mistake and the Warriors will have an attacking scrum. 

41mins: The rain is pouring down in Auckland. The Warriors do manage to complete their first-second o the second half. Ata Hingano kicks high and Jack Wighton takes the catch.

40mins: The second half is underway in Auckland. Can the Warriors fight back? or do the Raiders have this in the bag? 

4:59 pm: If you missed the big news of the day with regads to Eric Watson potentially selling the club, you can click here

HALFTIME: Three first-half tries to the Raiders gives them a solid 18-6 lead at halfitme in Auckland. 

38mins: Ata Hingano does his best Shaun Johnson impersonation and he goes close to scoring but slips over. They are now 10 out, but the Raiders defence holds firm and the Warriors hand the ball over. 

37mins: Raiders kick on the last and Ken maumalo rusn the ball back with loads of pace and power. On the fourth tackle, the referees say the Warriors get a fresh set of six. 

36mins: On the last the Warriors drive the ball low and Jack Wighton is forced to run the ball out of the in-goal and is hurt in the process.

34mins: No mistake by Crocker and the Raiders once again lead by 12 points. 

32mins: TRY RAIDERS:  Blake Austin steps past the Warriors defence and goes over the line. Easy try to the Canberra side. 

31mins: Issac Luke with a poor mistake, not paying attention to the play-the-ball and the Raiders now have an attacking scrum. 

30mins: The Warriors pin the Raiders inside their 30 and they kick the ball into touch on back-to-back sets. 

29mins: The Warriors with some solid runs an they kick early in the set. The Raiders run the ball back and the ball goes to ground, but it is play on. 

28mins: The Raiders get to their kick and decide to put the ball into touch. Warriors scrum. 

27mins: The Warriors get to the kick and the Raiders decide to run the ball back. 

26mins: Mason Lino with the conversion attempt and he brings it back around and it goes over. The Raiders lead 12-6.

24mins: TRY WARRIORS: On the last play, the Warriors kick high and they retain possession. Then they bring back the old school throw it around and hope for the best and David Fusitu'a dives over the line to score. 

22mins: The Green Machine are hot on attack and then Blake Austin drops the ball forward and the Warriors now have a scrum. 

21mins: The Raiders with some good ball movement and they re inside the 20. The kick on the third tackle and the Warriors are forced to bat the ball dead. 

20mins: Another penalty to the Raiders. 

19mins: Great set by the Raiders following the try. They kick to the wing of Roache and he is smashed running the ball back. On the next play, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is hammered by Junior Paulo. 

17mins: The Raiders now lead 12-0 in Auckland.

16mins: TRY RAIDERS: And Roache is left exposed on the wing as Nick Cotric busts a tackle and finds his captain in Jarrod Croker and he scoots over the line. 

15mins: Now it looks like Issac Luke has moved to hooker, David Fusitu'a moves to centre and Roache moves back to the right wing where he played last week. 

14mins: Solomone Kata is off and Issac Luke is playing at left centre. The Raiders attack down his side but some good defence by Ken Maumalo pushes Jordan Rapana into touch. 

12mins: On the last tackle and right in front of the posts, Shannon Boyd tries to barge over the line, but he is held and the ball bounces out. 

11mins: Penalty to the Raiders for being inside the 10. 

10mins: The Raiders have a scrum feed after Ata Hingano chips the ball over the top and the ball bounces into touch. 

9mins: Solomone Kata looked like he was going off the field but he stays on. 

8mins: A tough kick goes straight down the middle and the Raiders lead 6-0. 

7mins: TRY RAIDERS: The Green Machine make the Warriors pay. Some slick ball movement and the Raiders attack down the left wing. Jarrod Crocker finds Nick Cotric who scores first.

6mins: The Warriors put in an attacking kick and Solomone Kata dives on the ball and it goes forward. He is holding his shoulder and it doesn't look good. 

5min: However, the referees say the Raiders knocked the ball forward. Warriors scrum 10 out from the line. 

4mins: Simon Mannering goes close on the fourth and on the last, Mason Lino goes down the right wing and the Warriors go oh-so-close to scoring but they fall short. 

3mins: Penalty to the Warriors early in the watch. Junior Paulo dumps Roger Tuivasa-Sheck on the ground. The Warriors start the set on their 40. After the second tackle, they win another penalty. 

2mins: Mason Lino kicks high on the last and David Fusitu'a catches the ball and throws it back to Lino who kicks it forward once again. Respectable start by both sides. 

1mins: The Raiders kick inside the 40 and the ball nearly goes into touch, but Ken Maumalo gets to the ball and runs it back. 

KICKOFF: We are underway in Auckland. The Warriors get the match started in this round 23 clash. 

4:03 pm: Also, Kieran Foran will not play and it will be Ata Hingano along with Mason Lino in the halves for the Warriors. 

4:00 pm: Kickoff is moments away in Auckland. 

3:53 pm: If you have missed the news about the rumours of Eric Watson potentially selling the club, you can click here

3:50 pm: Good afetrnoon rugby league fans an thanks for tuning in for live updates of the Warriors clash against the Green Machine.  

Hello and welcome to live updates of the New Zealand Warriors vs Canberra Raiders at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland New Zealand.

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Commentary will start from around 4:00 pm (NZT). In the meantime check out the video above as Roger Tuivasa-Sheck talks about the struggles he has had being captain of the Warriors. 



1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. David Fusitu'a, 3. Blake Ayshford, 4. Solomone Kata, 5. Ken Maumalo, 21. Ata Hingano, 7. Mason Lino, 8. Jacob Lillyman, 9. Nathaniel Roache, 15. Sam Lisone, 11. Bunty Afoa, 12.  Ryan Hoffman, 13. Simon Mannering

Interchange: 10. Ben Matulino, 14. Issac Luke, 16. Isaiah Papalii, 20. Chris Satae


1. Jack Wighton, 2. Nick Cotric, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Joseph Leilua, 5. Jordan Rapana, 6. Blake Austin, 7. Aidan Sezer, 8. Junior Paulo, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Shannon Boyd, 11. Josh Papalii 12. Joseph Tapine, 13. Elliott Whitehead

Interchange: 14. Kurt Baptiste, 15. Clay Priest, 16. Dave Taylor, 17. Luke Bateman

Match facts and stats

Referees: Adam Gee and Gavin Reynolds

Sideline Officials: Russell Turner and Chris McMillan

Review Officials:  Luke Patten and Ashley Kliem

Past meetings

*Head to head: Played 37, Warriors 17, Raiders 20

In New Zealand: Played 17, Warriors 11, Raiders 16

Last time played: Raiders 20 def Warriors 8, April 15, 2017

Last time played in New Zealand: Raiders 38 def Warriors 12, May 21, 2016

Head-to-head: Warriors - $3.00 Raiders - $1.35

 *Stats from

Pre-match banter - New Zealand Warriors set to be sold - report

Eric Watson is set to relinquish ownership of the New Zealand Warriors, with Auckland businessman Paul Davys taking control of the club.

Mr Davys has confirmed to Newshub it was "100 percent correct" he was close to buying the Warriors.

He will be a co-director with former Kiwis international Peter Brown of childcare centre ChoiceKids.

"I'm a rugby league supporter and I can see that the Warriors are the heart and soul of New Zealand rugby league," Davys told Andrew Gourdie and Jim Kayes on RadioLIVE.

"I feel I can make a difference, that's really what sparked my interest."

Mr Davys used to coach the Howick Hornets, the Te Atatu Roosters and was a recruiter for the Brisbane Broncos.

While his business partner, Mr Brown is also an NRL agent and manages current Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson.

Eric Watson has released a statement confirming he is in discussion with "a few different parties" about potentially selling the club.

"While I'm often approached about selling the club I will confirm that I'm in conversation with a few different parties about the Vodafone Warriors, but I'm in no rush and I'm keen to do what's best for the Club," Mr Watson said in a statement.

"Any discussions are private and I won't be commenting publicly about the conversations other than saying right now there is no deal."

Mr Watson is currently fighting former business partner Owen Glenn in a UK court over ownership of assets the pair shared.

Mr Watson has owned the club for the past 17 years.

The 58 year-old bought the franchise in 2000 from a consortium including Tainui and former Kiwis coach Graham Lowe.

Mr Glenn bought a 50 percent share of the club in late 2011, but sold it after a falling-out with Watson in 2015.

A spokesperson for Eric Watson told Newshub that the club is often approached by interested parties.

The Warriors face the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium at 4pm Sunday.