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Match Report: NRL Round 24 vs Warriors

Wests Tigers’ trip across the Tasman has ended on an unhappy note, suffering a 30-22 defeat to the New Zealand Warriors in Hamilton.

Wests Tigers completed their first ten sets of the match but were unable to stop the visitors from posting the opening two tries.

Mitch Barnett burst through the line and set up Luke Metcalf for the first of the evening before a cutout pass from Shaun Johnson saw Adam Pompey cross for the second.

Starford To’a hit back with a try for the joint-venture with Daine Laurie providing a skilful final pass as he fell to the ground.

Wests Tigers levelled the ledger on the very next set as Laurie threw an audacious dummy to slice open the defence before the five-eighth found Luke Brooks supporting on his inside.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak acrobatically finished a late first half try to give his side a slender four-point lead at the break.

After a tight start to the second half, Tohu Harris opened the scoring off a simple dummy-half pass from Bayley Sironen.

However, the try was soon negated as Jahream Bula broke free from his own half and linked up with Daine Laurie for a long-range four-pointer.

A penalty goal allowed Shaun Johnson to extend the visitors’ lead to six points with ten minutes to play before Addin Fonua-Blake crashed over to seemingly seal the win.

Shaun Blore and Daine Laurie combined to send Starford To’a over for his second try of the night to keep the game alive, but the conversion was unsuccessful and the margin remained at eight points.

While his team was unable to secure victory, Daine Laurie enjoyed one of the finest performances of his career with one try and three try assists.

Wests Tigers will return to Sydney next week as they host the Dolphins for the first time at CommBank Stadium.

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