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Warriors' Wellington jinx continues

By Daniel Gilhooly 24/05/2003 06:16:33 AM Comments (0)

The New Zealand Warriors' National Rugby League hoodoo at Westpac Stadium continued when they were beaten 18-10 by the Canberra Raiders.

After scoring two tries in the opening 11 minutes through winger Henry Fa'afili, the Warriors failed to cross the line again.

The Warriors have played three previous "away" matches here, all against the Bulldogs for a draw and two losses, but captain Monty Betham maintained his side had no problem playing their games at Wellington.

"We'll play anywhere in New Zealand at any stage rather than travel across the Tasman," he said.

"It feels like home, we get great support everywhere across New Zealand. We played well but we just didn't execute to get that elusive win here."

The Warriors looked like breaking the jinx when up 10-6 at halftime after battling well into a biting wind but mistakes crept into their game as the game progressed.

New Zealand and Canberra second-rower Ruben Wiki had the final say.

After escaping suspension at an NRL judiciary meeting on Wednesday, Wiki capped a happy week by scoring the match-clinching try under the posts with 13 minutes remaining.

It was a welcome result for the Raiders, who opened the season with seven wins but had lost their last two matches.

Warriors coach Daniel Anderson paid tribute to the Raiders' defence, believing his team had played well enough without finishing off their opportunities.

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