AN outstanding defensive effort in the last hour of their clash against the Sea Eagles allowed the Warriors to emerge 18-16 winners at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday.
The Sea Eagles led 12-0 after 20 minutes, through tries to Justin Horo and Peta Hiku.
Horo's impressive season continued in the ninth minute, when he charged onto a Kieran Foran pass to score.
The visitors had their second 10 minutes later with stand-in fullback Hiku running through a hole from a simple backline movement.
But the Warriors started their comeback five minutes later, back-rower Elijah Taylor scoring a never-say-die try.
Taylor burst through the goal-line defence of Brenton Lawrence and Horo to reach out and somehow manage to get the ball on the tryline.
Warriors winger Glen Fisiiahi then locked the scoreboard up at 12-all, flying through to touch down after a skilful Feleti Mateo offload.
In miserable conditions, the second half was an arm wrestle, before Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell showed incredible strength to shrug off five defenders to score, giving his side an 18-12 lead after 68 minutes.
The final 12 minutes were frantic - starting with Manly winger David Williams having a try disallowed for not grounding the ball properly following a Hiku grubber.
Steve Matai then beat four defenders to score, but the conversion from Jamie Lyon fell short.
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