16 Feb 2014

Warriors on song in Nines in Auckland

3:27 pm on 16 February 2014

The Warriors emphatically lived up to their pre-tournament favouritism at the NRL Nines got going in front of an expectant Auckland crowd.

Buoyed on by the vast majority of the crowd support at a sold out Eden Park, the Warriors swept aside Canberra 25-14 and Manly 27-4 to emerge as the team to beat as English recruit Sam Tomkins and Shaun Johnson starred.

A Nines title would be a dream result for the NRL and Warriors, who have already qualified for Sunday's finals ahead of their last pool game against North Queensland this afternoon.

Penrith and Parramatta are the two other undefeated sides to have progressed to the finals while Canberra, Canterbury and St George Illawarra will head home after their third game.

In his first official outing for the Warriors since his offseason move from Wigan, Tomkins gave glimpses of what fans can expect in the NRL this year and says the home side were determined to go on with it at the Nines.

The England fullback says the club is desperate to put on a good performance in front of their fans and concedes falling short of anything but a tournament title would be considered a failure.