31 Aug 2013

Warriors keep playoff hopes alive

9:05 pm on 31 August 2013

The New Zealand Warriors have kept their playoff hopes alive after thrashing the Canberra Raiders 50-16 in their National Rugby League fixture in Auckland on Saturday.

Manu Vatuvei and Shaun Johnson were the standout performers, both scoring three tries each - with Johnson landing seven conversions for a match haul of 26 points.

The Raiders' Jarrod Cocker also picked up a hat-trick of tries.

The Warriors scored a total of nine tries to three as they closed the door on Canberra's finals ambitions.