NRL 2021: NZ Warriors faithful return to Mt Smart for victory over North Queensland Cowboys

NZ Warriors fans have embraced the chance to return to Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday.

In an effort to keep fans connected with the club’s spiritual home, the Warriors' 24-20 victory over North Queensland Cowboys was shown to over 1,000 fans on the big screen.

Punters were strewn on bean bags across the field to catch a unique perspective of their beloved side in action.

Former Warriors star Ali Lauiti'iti was one of those who watched from the stadium, as the locals held on for a nail-biting win. 

"It's important for fans to come together but also to support the team," says Lauiti'iti. 

"Having that connection via the big screen because obviously we can't watch them live."

Lauiti'iti - who played for the Warriors in the 2002 Grand Final defeat to Sydney - was stoked to be back at Mt Smart, where the team haven't played in almost two years. 

"It's a great initiative and good for the fans to come and support the team," he adds.

"The boys are doing well. The last couple of performances they've been doing great. So, from a supporters point of view, it's awesome."

In July, the team hope to return to Mt Smart in the flesh to take on St George Illawarra Dragons in round 16, although a decision on their homecoming is yet to be made.

Join us at 4pm Sunday, for live updates of the NRL clash between NZ Warriors and Manly Sea Eagles